Section 1


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).

Different areas of specialization include: advanced econometrics, development economics, economic policy, environment and natural resources, health economics, industrial organization, international economics, labor economics, law and economics, monetary economics, public economics, and urban and regional economics.

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.