The M.S. degree is offered under either of two plans.
Under Plan I, 30 units of upper-division and graduate courses and a thesis are required. At least 18 of the 30 units must be in graduate courses in the major field.
Under Plan II, 36 units of upper-division and graduate course work and a comprehensive written examination are required. At least 24 of the 36 units must be in graduate courses in the major field. No more than six units may be in 299-numbered research courses.
Core Required Courses
Under either plan, students complete a common set of core requirements in microeconomic theory and applications (ARE 204A, ARE 204B, ARE 258), econometrics (ARE 256A, ARE 256B), and mathematical programming (ARE 252).
Restricted Elective Courses
Students are also required to take at least two restricted elective courses, of which one is offered in each of the three main economics and policy research fields of the department: development economics (ARE 214), economics in agriculture (ARE 223), and environmental and resource economics (ARE 275).
Unrestricted Elective Courses
Remaining courses to complete the required total of 30 or 36 units may be elected from other graduate courses or upper division undergraduate courses that meet the general program objectives of the student. (Allowable upper division courses do not include core undergraduate courses, e.g., ARE 100A-B, 106, 155 or their prerequisites.) Up to six units of courses in other disciplines may be included in the program, as appropriate.
The following is a typical schedule for a master's student (a student must be enrolled in at least 12 units per quarter):
Sample Schedule for Master of Science Program
- FALL QUARTER
- ARE 256A Applied Econometrics (4 units)
- ARE 204A Microeconomic Analysis I (4 units)
- ARE 223 Economics in Agriculture (4 units) or Elective Course (4 units)
- WINTER QUARTER
- ARE 204B Microeconomic Analysis II (4 units)
- ARE 252 Applied Linear Programming (4 units)
- ARE 256B Applied Econometrics (4 units)
- SPRING QUARTER
- ARE 258 Demand and Market Analysis (4 units)
- ARE 214 Development Economics (4 units) or Elective Course (4 units)
- ARE 275 Economic Analysis of Resource and Environmental Policies (4 units) or Elective Course (4 units)
Comprehensive Written Exam
The requirement to pass the comprehensive written examination under Plan II is separate from and additional to coursework requirements. Two attempts are allowed. Students may take this examination before they have completed their elective courses but not before they have completed their core required courses. A student may petition the Graduate Administrative Committee to request an exception to this policy. Such petitions should be submitted before the 10th day of instruction of the Spring Quarter.
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