Department of Economics
School of Business, Economics and Communication
Professors: M. Abdel Fadil, T. Abdel Malek, G. Amin, A. Beshai, A. El Mawaziny, W. Mikhail
Assistant Professors: A. Ezz El Arab, H. El-Ramly, S. Green, A. Melnyk (Chair) , D. Powers, N. Rizk
The graduate program in economics aims at allowing the students an acquaintance and deep understanding of the most recent developments in the major branches of economic theory, as well as the major economic problems of the Middle East region, while enhancing their ability to use mathematical and econometric methods.
The program offers the student the opportunity to study micro and macro economic theory, mathematical economics and econometrics, international and development economics, and economic policy.
Master of Arts
Completion of the AUC Graduate Program in Economics opens wide opportunities for prestigious and creative jobs in research centers and departments, both in government and private institutions. AUC graduates of this program have also made valuable additions to several U.N. and international development institutions.
The applicant for admission to the master's program in economics should have a considerable background in economic theory. An applicant whose bachelor's degree is in a discipline other than economics may be admitted provisionally, but in such cases the applicant must either display competence in economics by passing required examinations or develop the necessary competence by completing additional undergraduate courses. Prerequisite for full admission to the master's degree in economics is completion of ECON 418 and 425 with a grade of B or better; i.e. a student must complete ECON 418 and 425 before enrolling in any 500 level course.
Applicants to the M.A. in Economics must obtain an acceptable score on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).
A minimum of 27 semester hours is required. All students must take: ECON 501 and 502 Advanced Economic Theory I and II, ECON 518 Econometrics, and ECON 525 Research Workshop. A maximum of six hours of 500-level courses in fields other than economics may be taken with departmental approval.
The written comprehensive examination covers economic theory, selected fields in the candidate's degree program, and the methods and techniques of economic research. An oral examination may also be conducted. A comprehensive exam is only required of students not writing theses.
A thesis is recommended. In special cases, with departmental approval, a student may be permitted to take an option involving completion of three additional courses instead of a thesis.
An M. A. thesis is not allowed to be submitted for examination until the student has made a presentation of a major part of it at the department seminar.
Economics Courses (ECON)