• Course Delivery
    100% Online
  • Total Credits
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit

An online master’s degree in economics from MU can help you understand the inescapable phenomena of globalization and big data. If you want to acquire the essential hands-on skills to analyze large data sets related to international trade, international finance, economic development and the public sector, this may be the degree for you.

Recent graduates hold such titles as

  • Data Scientist
  • Director of Institutional Research
  • Economic Development Incentive Specialist
  • Energy Markets Manager
  • Lecturer in Economics
  • Quantitative Modeling Analyst

Program structure and topics

Delivery of this program is 100 percent online: no campus visits are required.

Courses are semester-based. Students typically take one or two classes each semester and finish in two years.

Course work covers

  • Banking
  • Econometrics
  • Economic development
  • International trade and monetary systems
  • Macroeconomic and microeconomic theory
  • Quantitative economics

Admissions & Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. Completed bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  2. Minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate education.
  3. If English is not your native language, please submit a TOEFL score of at least 80 (internet-based test), an IELTS score of at least 6.5, a Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of at least 59 or a Cambridge C1 Advanced score of at least 180.
  4. Transcripts of all previous college or university education. Upload unofficial transcripts in your online application. If you are accepted, you will be asked to provide official transcripts.
  5. Two letters of recommendation. In the online application, you will need to supply names and contact details of two professionals who can attest to your critical thinking, analytical and writing skills, demonstrating your potential as a graduate student and professional. Your references will be contacted with instructions regarding the letters.
  6. Résumé or CV.
  7. Personal statement outlining how a master’s degree in economics will help you achieve your career goals.
The University of Missouri is currently authorized to accept students to most distance education programs in all 50 states. Please see our state authorization page.

Application Deadlines

May 15
June 1
November 1


  • .Required Courses18 Credits
  • ECON 7371Introductory Econometrics3 Credits

    (cross-leveled with ECONOM 4371). Study methods for quantitative analysis of economic data. Estimating techniques, tests of significance, prediction and forecasting reviewed with respect to problems presented by economic data and information demands of economic decision models. Prerequisites: ECONOM 3251 or ECONOM 4351 and STAT 2500 and MATH 1320 or instructor's consent.

  • ECON 8085Problems in Economics3 Credits

    Graduate students may select topics for study and investigation subject to approval by supervising faculty.

  • Econ 7370Quantitative Economics3 Credits

    The aim of this course is to provide an introduction to the mathematical language of economic theory. Topics include linear models, matrix algebra, rules of differentiation and comparative static analysis, optimization.

  • OR Econ 8370Mathematics for Economics3 Credits

    The aim of this course is to cover essential mathematics used in economics. Topics include introductory linear algebra, multivariate calculus, comparative statics analysis, unconstrained optimization, and equality constrained optimization. May be repeated for credit.

  • ECON 8413Research Workshop3 Credits

    Required course for economics MA students. Combines instruction, student presentations, and seminar participation to introduce research methods and practice. A major research paper are required. Prerequisites: ECONOM 8451, ECONOM 8453, and ECONOM 8472 or instructor's consent.

  • ECON 8451Microeconomic Theory3 Credits

    MA-level course in microeconomic theory. The course relies extensively on calculus to survey theories of: rational behavior in consumption, production, and pricing decisions of households and firms; partial equilibria in product and factor markets under competition, monopoly, oligopoly and monopolistic competition; and general equilibrium and welfare.

  • ECON 8453Macroeconomic Theory3 Credits

    Basic models in macroeconomics will be covered with emphasis on assumptions and on how hypotheses can be tested. Course is an introductory survey for students intending to develop ability for research in macroeconomics. Prerequisites: ECONOM 4353 or equivalent; at least concurrent enrollment in ECONOM 8451. Instructor's consent required for non graduate level students.

  • .Electiveschoose four, 12 Credit
  • Econ 7325The International Monetary System3 Credits
  • Econ 7326Economics of International Trade3 Credits
  • Econ 7329The Banking System and the Money Market3 Credits
  • Econ 7340Introduction to Game Theory3 Credits
  • Econ 7351Intermediate Microeconomics3 Credits
  • Econ 7353Intermediate Macroeconomics3 Credits
  • Econ 7360Economic Development3 Credits
  • Econ 8473Applied Econometrics3 Credits

Tuition & Fees

Missouri Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $386.00
  • Fees: $57.33
  • Total: $443.33
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1158.00
  • Fees: $171.99
  • Total: $1329.99
Missouri Non-Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $386.00
  • Fees: $57.33
  • Total: $443.33
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1158.00
  • Fees: $171.99
  • Total: $1329.99
Tuition rates are subject to change.

What's it like to take a program online?

  • Earn a quality education online

    With more than 100 online programs to choose from across our four campuses, our online students have incredible access to career-advancing education. Our online courses are developed and taught by the same excellent faculty and instructors who teach the courses on campus. Whether you’re looking for an undergraduate education, graduate education, or a certificate program to further your career, one of our four campuses has an option to fit your needs.

  • Learning that fits your schedule

    Online learning provides students with the flexibility and freedom to attend classes whenever and wherever you are, in a way that is convenient for you. You can save time and money by being able to continue working and by avoiding relocation, travel and commuting costs. Courses must be completed in scheduled time frames, but in most cases, you can log in and complete course work whenever doing so best fits your schedule. Online education means learning on your terms – not the other way around.

  • Service you expect from a renowned University

    Our goal is to provide our online students with an excellent academic experience, without forcing you to make sacrifices in other areas of your life.

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