College of Business > Academics > Department of Economics > Graduate Programs > Economics & Quantitative Analysis (MS) > Degree Requirements
Students must have completed one course in Principles of Microeconomics and one in Principles of Macroeconomics as well as differential calculus prior to admission to the MSEPA program.
Students in the MSEPA program complete 12 courses (48 credit hours). The degree consists of seven required core courses plus five elective courses. As part of the electives, students may apply for a one- or two-course equivalent research fellowship. Alternatively, with approval of the program director, students may take two graduate elective courses outside of the economics department.
Students may enroll in the program on a full-time or part-time basis. Classes are generally offered during the evening. The typical full-time student will finish the program in five quarters. Students will be advised to take no more than three courses per term. Students attending the program part-time will typically take two evening courses per quarter and finish the program in six quarters.
The research fellowship allows students to work full-time on Capitol Hill, an independent agency or nonprofit in Washington D.C., Chicago, or elsewhere for 12 to 16 weeks. Fellowships immerse students in analysis, research and policymaking, while providing a unique opportunity to develop an extensive professional network.
In order to be eligible for the fellowship, students must have earned a course grade of B or better in ECO 505, ECO 506 and ECO 507. In addition to the academic requirements, students must also have departmental approval.
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