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2023-2024 Cal State East Bay Catalog 
2023-2024 Cal State East Bay Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Quantitative Economics, M.S.

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Important Notice:

At this time, the Department is not accepting applications for the Quantitative Economics, M.S.. Please consult the Department for any changes.

Quantitative Economics, M.S. Program

Program Description

The Master of Science in Quantitative Economics provides students with training in quantitative methods for the analysis of economic models and data. The program emphasizes applied economic analysis using the latest innovative econometric methods.  Upon completion of the program, students will have a solid foundation in both micro and macroeconomic theory, a toolset of quantitative skills for using data to answer economic questions, and the programming experience to apply those skills to solve the high-level problems faced by employers in our big data driven economy.  The degree prepares graduates for in-demand careers in data analysis, economic consulting, and research or administrative roles in both the private and public sector, as well as improving the quantitative skills for those interested in PhD programs.

Career Opportunities

Typical career destinations for professional economists are: 

Data Analyst • Data Scientist • Economic Consultant • Researcher or Administrator in Private and Public Sector • Researcher • Teacher

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission, students must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and have a grade point average of 2.75 or better over the last 90 quarter units or 60 semester units of their undergraduate program. A student who does not meet the grade point requirements may be admitted at the discretion of the department pending receipt of other evidence of the student’s academic achievement. A student with a three-year undergraduate degree may be considered for ‘Conditional Admission’ to the Master of Science in Quantitative Economics program, which requires successful completion of a set of undergraduate courses prior to taking graduate level courses. The set of courses will be identified by the program director at the time of ‘Conditional Admission.’

International students must show English proficiency by posting an official TOEFL score of 580 or above (237 on the Computer-Based TOEFL), or by posting an official transcript showing graduation with a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. college or university, or an international college or university where English is the principal language of instruction, or by an official letter from the college or university certifying that English was the language of instruction.

Students enrolling in the program are expected to have completed the equivalent of MATH 180 and ECON 210 (Quantitative Methods for Economists) or a two-course sequence in calculus; STAT 100 or equivalent; and at least one course in intermediate microeconomics and one course in intermediate macroeconomics. Students who have not completed the Economics prerequisites must demonstrate competency and promise for quantitative graduate work in other ways to the satisfaction of the Program Director and the Department Chair.

Classification in the Program

There are three levels of advancement for students within the M.S. program: “Conditionally Classified Graduate” standing, “Classified Graduate” standing, and “Advancement to Candidacy.” 

Conditionally Classified Graduate Standing

A student who has been admitted to a graduate degree program but who has not satisfied all prerequisite coursework is a “Conditionally Classified Graduate” student. A student may be admitted to a graduate degree program as a “Conditionally Classified” graduate student upon:

  • submission of a written application, with required supporting documents, to the Admissions Office declaring an intent to pursue the M.S. degree in Economics;
  • acceptance by the department; and
  • completion of other appropriate requirements as specified in the Admission/Graduate chapter in this catalog.
Classified Graduate Standing

A student who has been admitted to the M.S. program by meeting the requirements established in item 1 above; has fulfilled all prerequisite coursework and other requirements and has a strong background in economics may begin as a “Classified Graduate” student. Students admitted into the program but lacking such background will be designated as “Conditionally Classified Graduate” students until deficiencies are made up and they are recommended for “Classified Graduate” standing by the department. 

Advancement to Candidacy

To be Advanced to Candidacy in the M.S. program a student must:

  1. be a “Classified Graduate” student in good standing;
  2. have filed an approved program of study with the department;
  3. have completed at least 8 semester units in Economics, considered applicable by the department toward the M.S. degree requirements, in residence at Cal State East Bay; and
  4. have been recommended for Advancement to Candidacy by the department.

Requirements for Graduation

To be eligible for the M.S. degree in economics a student must:

  1. have been Advanced to Candidacy
  2. have completed at least 32 semester units of graduate work as indicated in (C) below, of which:
  3. all must have been earned within the five years just preceding the completion of the requirements for the degree;
  4. not fewer than 24 units must have been completed in residence;
  5. all units must have been in Economics courses in the 600-699 series or approved courses in the QBM concentration as specified below, unless an exception is granted by the Program Director in writing;
  6. each course must have a grade of “C” or better and all 32 or more units must result in at least a 3.00 GPA;
  7. have completed a satisfactory program of study (16 units of core classes and at least 12 units in one of two concentrations) as approved by the department and the graduate coordinator. (See required courses in the Major Requirements section of this catalog.)

Program Learning Outcomes

Students graduating with a Master of Science in Quantitative Economics will be able to:

  1. Generate solutions to economic optimization problems under constraints.
  2. Compute numerical solutions for basic macroeconomic models using a modern programming language.
  3. Identify and apply appropriate empirical techniques for estimation problems.
  4. Estimate models informed by economic theory using specialized software for data analysis.

Economics Degree Requirements (32 units)

Program has 5 core courses (20 units), 2 electives (8 units), and capstone (3+1 units). 32 units in total. 

Other Graduate & Post-Baccalaureate Degree Requirements

In addition to departmental requirements, every student must also satisfy the University requirements for graduation as described throughout this catalog. These include the 70% unit residence requirement; the five-year rule on currency of subject matter; the minimum number of units in 600-level courses; the “C” minimum grade for each graduate course; and the 3.00 cumulative grade point average.

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