Curriculum

Curriculum

The minimum number of credits needed to fulfill the degree requirements is 30.

The curriculum consists of three parts:

  • core courses;
  • elective courses; and
  • a MSc project (optional).

The minimum number of credits needed to fulfill the degree requirements is 30, including 15 credits of core courses and minimum 15 credits of elective courses. The total credit load should not exceed 34.

 Core Courses (15 credits)

Course CodeCourse TitleCredit
ECON 5100 Mathematics for Business and Economics 3
ECON 5130 Microeconomic Analysis 4
ECON 5140 Macroeconomic Analysis 4
ECON 5280 Applied Econometrics 4

Unless exemption has been granted by course instructors, students must take the above four core courses.

Students can register in any postgraduate courses offered by the Department of Economics, except ECON5030, ECON 5110 and ECON 5200.

Electives Courses (15 credits)

Electives and special topic courses include (availability varies from year to year):

  • Banking and International Finance
  • Behavioral and Experimental Economics
  • China Economic Analysis
  • Competitive Strategy
  • Economics of High-Tech Industries
  • Industrial Organization and Regulations
  • Information and Incentives
  • Strategy and Organization
  • Topics in Economic Analysis of Institutions

Subject to the approval of the MSc Academic Director, students may take up to 2 economics related postgraduate courses (of no more than 6 credits) offered by other departments in the School of Business and Management, the School of Science, or the Division of Social Science.

Students may take up to 8 credits of economics related undergraduate courses at 4000-level. Of the 8 credits, no more than 6 credits may be from the Department of Economics.

 

MSc Project (optional; 4 credits)

Students may take a 4-credit MSc Project (ECON 6950) as an elective to fulfill the program requirement. The project should be carried out under the supervision of a faculty member in the Department of Economics. The final report will be read by two faculty members, one of whom is the supervisor.

Research Preparation Concentration

Students who want to better prepare themselves for pursuing further studies are given an option to extend one more term to complete a Research Preparation concentration. To opt for the concentration, students are required to complete at least 36 credits, including 15 credits of core courses and minimum 15 credits of elective courses, of which 6 credits must be at PhD level; plus a 6-credit Independent Project (ECON 6980).