The curriculum is customized to suit the need of lawyers for more knowledge of economics, particularly applied microeconomic analysis of problems commonly encountered by lawyers and judges, and includes econometric analysis often encountered by the courts from expert witnesses on both sides of a case. Because many candidates for this degree plan prefer to pursue a degree while actively engaged in the practice of law, most courses in the degree plan are scheduled for evening hours.
The minimum admission requirements for the M.A. in applied economics are as follows:
Undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 3.000 (on a 4.000 scale).
Twelve credit hours of undergraduate economics, including two intermediate theory courses, one in microeconomics and one in macroeconomics.
An introductory course in statistics.
One term of calculus.
Satisfactory GRE graduate school admission test scores if the undergraduate GPA is lower than 3.000.
Applicants for the M.A. in applied economics enrolling in the law and economics track must be enrolled in the Dedman School of Law.
Every student must earn at least 30 credit hours in an approved program of study, with at least half of the coursework being at the 6000 level. This plan does not require a master’s thesis or master’s papers. A comprehensive final exam is required.
All courses must be completed with a grade of C (2.000) or better and an overall B (3.000) average for all courses taken in the degree program.
Dedman law school students working toward the M.A. in applied economics will follow this 30 credit hour non-thesis plan, but will be permitted to substitute nine credit hours of approved law school coursework as electives. All students are required to take at least five courses at the 6000 level.