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2015-2016 Graduate Catalog 
2015-2016 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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The Master of Arts in Economics degree emphasizes applied economics (i.e., a greater emphasis on practical applications than theory).

Students enrolled in this program combine core training in microeconomic and macroeconomic theory and quantitative methods with economics courses covering a wide range of topics. Graduate students acquire the skills and knowledge to apply economic theory and tools to address interesting problems. The School of Economics creates numerous opportunities for students to expand their horizons by involving them in ongoing research projects, partnering them with public and private sector institutions, and placing them in innovative internship experiences.

Graduates from the M.A. in Economics program acquire strong analytical, quantitative, and communication skills, which prepares them for doctoral study in economics and related fields and employment with government agencies, consulting firms, businesses, and non-profits. The M.A. in Economics prepares students for employment in public and private sector positions requiring advanced analytical skills, knowledge of economic systems and methods, and experience conducting economic analyses of policy issues.



Admission Requirements

Acceptance into the School of Economics graduate programs is competitive. An undergraduate degree in economics or a related field is desirable, but is not essential for admission to this program. The School is much more concerned with the applicant’s capacity for graduate study and the quality of previous work.  The successful applicant has a strong academic record, high scores on the GRE, and outstanding recommendations. All of the School’s programs require some training in economics and quantitative methods; students are required to complete the following prerequisites before entering the graduate program.

• Intermediate microeconomic theory (equivalent to UM’s ECO 420)
• Statistics (equivalent to UM’s MAT 215 or 232); Econometrics (equivalent to UMaine’s ECO 485) is strongly recommended
• Calculus (equivalent to UM’s MAT 115, 126, or 151)
• Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory (equivalent of UMaine’s ECO 321)

Other general admission criteria are described in the general section of this catalog.



Successful completion of 30 credit hours of course work is required for the M.A. Degree in Economics. Students must also pass an oral examination before the completion of their program.

The M.A. in Economics has both thesis and non-thesis options. The thesis option of the program offers students an opportunity to complete an independent research project. The non-thesis option of the program is designed for students who wish to obtain greater breadth in their coursework and job experience through a project rather than undertake a thesis.

The core courses for this M.A. degree provide the student with the tools and problem-solving skills applicable to the economic analysis of a wide variety of public policy issues. Elective courses allow students flexibility in designing programs to meet their needs.


Graduate students in this program are required to complete the following sequence of courses:

Student Support

The School has a number of research and teaching graduate assistantships available for qualified students on a competitive basis. Efforts are made to match the student’s interests and background with the needs of the School. Scholarship funding is also available. Graduate assistantships ($14,600-$20,000 per year) and scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis. The faculty nominates top-ranking applicants for these awards; funding support includes stipends, tuition costs, and subsidized health insurance coverage. Additional funds are provided to students on a competitive basis to cover research expenses.


For details on funding opportunities contact Jonathan Rubin, Graduate Coordinator, School of Economics via email at Further information can be found on the School’s website at


Graduate Faculty


The School of Economics Graduate Faculty includes faculty with economics, engineering, law, psychology, and human ecology expertise.


Mario Teisl, Ph.D. (University of Maryland, 1997), Professor and Director of the School of Economics. Information economics, food safety, environmental and social marketing, and environmental economics.

Kathleen Bell, Ph.D. (University of Maryland, 1997), Associate Professor. Environmental economics, public economics, and spatial economics.

Christine Beitl, (University of Georgia, 2012) Cooperating Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Ph.D. Ecological and Environmental Anthropology. Intersections of socio-political, ecological, and economic systems.

James Breece, Ph.D. (Boston College, 1982), Associate Professor. Macroeconomics, international trade, economic forecasting.

Xuan Chen, Ph.D. (North Carolina State University, 2013), Assistant Professor.  Risk Management, Agricultural Finance, Production Economics, Spatial Econometrics

Mindy Crandall, (Ph.D. Applied Economics, Minor in Forest Resources, Oregon State University) Cooperating Assistant Professor. Forest Management, Forest Products Markets, Alternative Economic Development.

Keith S. Evans, (Ph.D., Economics, Iowa State University) Assistant Professor. Search; learning; Information sharing; fishery management; nonmarket valuation; applied econometrics

Todd Gabe, Ph.D. (Ohio State University, 1999), Professor. Regional and community economic development and public finance.

Gary L. Hunt, Ph.D. (University of Colorado-Boulder, 1984), Professor. Energy economics and regional and international economic growth and development.

Sharon Klein, Ph.D. (Carnegie Mellon University, 2011), Assistant Professor. Renewable energy, energy economics and policy, environmental impacts of electricity generation, energy generation, and energy storage.

James McConnon, Ph.D. (Iowa State University, 1989), Professor. Regional and community economic development, innovation, and small business management.

Michael Montgomery, Ph.D. (University of Florida, 1988), Associate Professor, Macroeconomics, monetary theory, and austrian economics.

Caroline Noblet, Ph.D. (University of Maine, 2013), Assistant Professor. Environmental economics and psychology.

Jonathan Rubin, Ph.D. (University of California-Davis, 1993), Professor. Environmental regulation and design, economics of alternative transportation fuels and vehicles, economics of greenhouse gas reductions.

Philip Trostel, Ph.D. (Texas A & M University, 1991), Professor. Human capital and savings, public economics, and labor economics.

Tim Waring, Ph.D. (University of California-Davis, 2010), Assistant Professor. Sustainability, cultural evolution, and human culture and cooperation.

Greg White, Ph.D. (Washington State University, 1976), Professor. Marketing, finance, and business administration.


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