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Vol LXXXVII - July 2004
Graduate Catalog 2004-2006
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     Note: This Catalog is superseded by the 2005-2006 Catalog.

Department of Economics

department web page: economics.uta.edu/
department contact: economics.uta.edu/contacts.shtml
graduate web page:
graduate contact:


Daniel Himarios
309-C Business

College of Business Administration Overview
Admissions Requirements | Degree Requirements | Courses: ECON

Areas of Study and Degrees


Business Administration
M.B.A., Ph.D.
(See Program in Business Administration)

Master's Degree Plans

Thesis and Non-Thesis

Graduate Advisor

C.A. Depken, II
329 Business, 817.272.3290

Graduate Faculty


Amacher, Himarios, Meiners

Associate Professors

Crowder, Depken, Ward

Assistant Professors

Butters, LaFountain, Sonora, Wilson


The Master of Arts is an applied economics program. As a "terminal" degree program, it teaches marketable skills for employment in business or government. The program consists of a solid analytical core in economics and quantitative methods, supplemented with courses in special fields. Potential specialization areas currently emphasized are forecasting/quantitative techniques, international business economics and applied financial economics. The program is also recognized nationally for preparing students who want to pursue the Ph.D. degree in economics.

Economics is one of the areas a student may choose to study in the Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration program. Additional information concerning the doctoral program is presented in the catalog under the heading Business Administration.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the M.A. program in economics is based upon the completion of the general admission requirements of the Graduate School. For admission to the M.A. program in economics, a score on either the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and record of one's academic undergraduate performance are required. Students for whom English is not their native language must achieve a TOEFL score of at least 550 (213 on computer-based test). International applicants who score below minimum acceptable levels on the verbal portion of entrance examinations may be admitted under the condition that they pass an English proficiency exam or complete U.T. Arlington's Graduate English Skills Program prior to beginning graduate coursework. Applicants are encouraged to submit with their application a resume that highlights professional and personal accomplishments, linguistic abilities, computer expertise and leadership experience. A standardized test score (GMAT or GRE) will not be used as the sole criterion for denying an applicant's admission to the M.A. program in economics.

Multiple criteria are used to make admission decisions. Unconditional acceptance is based on consideration of all the information listed below and the decision to deny admission is not based on any single criterion alone.

  1. A bachelor's degree from an accredited general or specific program.
  2. An acceptable undergraduate GPA as calculated by the Graduate School, generally greater than a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  3. An acceptable score on the Graduate Record Examination or GMAT. Successful students generally have a minimum score of 600 on the Quantitative section and 450 on the Verbal section of the GRE or a minimum score of 480 on the GMAT.
  4. Favorable letters of recommendation from at least three individuals able to assess the applicant's potential success in graduate school.
  5. Grades in specified undergraduate business and non-business courses (e.g., math, accounting, economics, statistics).
  6. For applicants whose native language is not English, a minimum score of 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (or an equivalent score on a computer-based test) or a score of 40 on the Test of Spoken English.

Probationary Admission

If an applicant does not meet items 1 through 6 for unconditional admission, they may be considered for probationary admission after careful examination of their application materials. Probationary admission requires that the applicant receive a B or better in the first 12 hours of graduate coursework at U.T. Arlington.

Deferred and Provisional Admission

A deferred application decision may be granted when a file is incomplete or when a denied decision is not appropriate. An applicant unable to supply all required documentation prior to the admission deadline but who otherwise appears to meet admission requirements may be granted provisional admission.

Denial of Admission

A candidate may be denied admission if he or she has less than satisfactory performance on a majority of the admission criteria.

Fellowships and Scholarships

Students admitted with no provisional conditions to satisfy are eligible for available scholarship and/or fellowship support. A limited number of merit-based scholarships and fellowships may be awarded to graduate students enrolled in a minimum of 6 hours of coursework in both long semesters.

Degree Requirements

Master's Degree with Thesis

A minimum of 30 semester hours is required. The core requirement is ECON 5301 or equivalent, 5310, 5312, 5336, and the thesis (for which a six-hour credit is received). Six hours of electives in economics must be chosen. The remaining six hours of electives may be a combination of courses in economics or in a minor field. A maximum of nine hours of advanced undergraduate courses may be taken for graduate credit, with the approval of the Graduate Advisor. Not more than six hours of such courses may be in either the major or the minor field.

Master's Degree, Non-thesis

The non-thesis degree option is designed for students who will enter the job market upon completion of the M.A. degree in economics. This degree plan requires a minimum of 36 semester hours, including a core of ECON 5301 or equivalent, 5310, 5312, 5336 and 5329. The total may include up to 12 semester hours in supporting subjects with the approval of the Graduate Advisor. A maximum of nine semester hours of advanced undergraduate work may be taken for graduate credit, with the approval of the Graduate Advisor. Successful completion of ECON 5329 satisfies the Graduate School requirement of a final master's examination.

The grade of R (research in progress) is a permanent grade; completing course requirements in a later semester cannot change it. To receive credit for an R-graded course, the student must continue to enroll in the course until a passing grade is received.

An incomplete grade (the grade of X) cannot be given in a course that is graded R, nor can the grade of R be given in a course that is graded X. To receive credit for a course in which the student earned an X, the student must complete the course requirements. Enrolling again in the course in which an X was earned cannot change a grade of X. At the discretion of the instructor, a final grade can be assigned through a change of grade form.

Three-hour thesis courses and three- and six-hour dissertation courses are graded R/F/W only (except social work thesis courses). The grade of P (required for degree completion for students enrolled in thesis or dissertation programs) can be earned only in six- or nine-hour thesis courses and nine-hour dissertation courses. In the course listings below, R-graded courses are designated either "Graded P/F/R" or "Graded R." Occasionally, the valid grades for a course change. Students should consult the appropriate Graduate Advisor or instructor for valid grade information for particular courses. (See also the sections titled "R" Grade, Credit for Research, Internship, Thesis or Dissertation Courses and Incomplete Grade in this catalog.)

Courses in Economics (ECON)

Course fee information is published in the online Student Schedule of Classes. Please refer to www.uta.edu/schedule for a detailed listing of specific course fees.

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