The MSPE curriculum consists of four mandatory core courses plus six or more elective courses in different areas of specialization. This may be completed within one to two years. The minimum grade point average to retain eligibility and graduate from the program is 3.0 (out of 4.0).

Students must complete two or more elective courses listed under a particular specialization; at least one of the courses must be at the 500 level.

Areas of Specialization
Advanced Econometrics
Development Economics
Environment & Natural Resources
Industrial Organization
International Economics

Labor Economics
Law & Economics
Monetary Economics
Public Economics
Urban & Regional Economics
Courses by Specialization

View the list of core courses and a partial list of electives, grouped on the basis of areas of specialization. A brief description of all courses can be found in the university's Courses of Instruction.


  • Not all courses are offered in every semester and course offerings may vary from time to time.
  • Courses numbered 500-526 and 590 are specially designed for, and restricted to, MSPE students; other courses are university-wide courses.
  • Syllabi from past semesters are provided when available; they are not uniform across instructors.
  • With almost all available textbooks in economics being written either for undergraduate or Ph.D. students, MSPE instructors typically supplement textbooks with their own sets of notes.
Additional Requirements
  • The field in advanced econometrics is only open to students who take 532 and 535 (instead of 502 and 503) as core econometrics courses and are not on Ph.D. track.
  • Only two of the six required elective courses can be at the 400 level.
  • ECON 527 is equivalent to ECON 420 and is counted as a 400 level course.
  • If both Ph.D. and master's sections of the same course is taken, only one will be counted towards the degree requirements of the program.
  • The same course cannot be taken at both 400 and 500 level to satisfy the program requirements.
  • All independent study courses must be approved by the director if they are to be counted towards the degree requirements of the program.