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Economics: MS, MA


This master's program is designed to prepare to work as policy analysts or business analysis. Additionally, the program can help students prepare for a rigorous PhD program in economics, and, therefore, prepares students for entry into a top-level economics or finance doctoral program. Many graduates have gone on to programs at institutions including Harvard Law School, George Mason University, Ohio State University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and University of Oregon. In the master's program at USU, students are encouraged to present papers at conferences, preparing them for the professional world of academia. The department also holds faculty seminars where graduate students are encouraged to participate.

The oldest business school west of the Mississippi, USU's Huntsman School of Business has been offering degrees since 1894 and has long held prestigious accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International and continues to be on the forefront of advanced business education.

The MA degree requires students to gain proficiency in one or more foreign languages. The MS degree is identical except that it does not require foreign language study.

This program prepares students to work as economic policy analysts or business analysts, or prepares students for doctoral programs in economics or finance.

Admission Requirements

Students from various majors are welcome to apply; however, it is preferred that students have experience in undergraduate economics courses.

Application Requirements:

  • Complete the online application
  • Pay the $55 application fee
  • A Statement of Purpose that explains the students work experience and extracurricular activities and discussion of future plans upon completion of the program.
  • Have a 3.0 or higher GPA on your last 60 semester or 90 quarter credits
  • Provide transcripts of all college/university credits
  • Provide three contacts for letters of recommendation

International students have additional admissions requirements.

Admission Deadlines

The department has the following deadline:

  • Fall semester – June 30
  • In order to increase chances for financial assistance, students should apply by mid March.

Master's Degree Plan Option(s)

Students can receive the MS or MA by pursuing one of three options:

  • In the Plan A option, students complete graduate-level coursework and must write a thesis.
  • The Plan B option requires the production of a paper or creative work of art and is expected to reflect equivalent scholarship standards as a thesis.

Students are encouraged to pursue the Plan B option.

Financial Assistance

Some graduate students in this program can apply for competitive financial assistance to work as a research or teaching assistant. These positions are highly competitive and all applications will be considered.

View profiles of program faculty members on the department website.

Professional Organizations, Honor Societies, and Clubs

Entrepreneurship Club: The Entrepreneurship Club teaches skill sets for entrepreneurs to be successful. The club provides access to resources, teaches how to develop and refine business ideas, and assists in helping students build and launch a sustainable, successful company.

Finance and Economics Club: The Finance and Economics Club helps students accelerate their career by exposing them to exceptional speakers, providing experiences for hands-on learning, and developing lasting relationships with alumni to increase networking opportunities.

Women in Business Association (WIBA): WIBA represent women making a difference in business. This club is focused toward making essential networking contacts, recruiting and mentoring future women in business, and learning vital skills for the business world.

Huntsman Opportunities

Career Exploration Trips: Not sure what your dream job is? No worries; our career trips will get you out in the field so you can talk with our professional partners and explore different industries.

Small Enterprise Education and Development (SEED): This is as real as it gets! SEED is an international consulting internship where students teach basic business and finance principles to local entrepreneurs in the Philippines and Peru.



Academic Advising

Todd Griffith
Assistant Professor
Office: EBB 610
Phone: (435) 797-9098

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