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M.A. in Economics (M.A. Economics)

Updated By Sakunth Kumar on 25 Nov, 2020

Average Duration
2 years
Average Fee
10 K-60 K INR annual
Exams Accepted

About M.A. in Economics

M.A. in Economics is a postgraduate course which has been among the top choices of students pursuing the arts stream. The specialisation of Economics is offered under the degree of Master of Arts and almost every college of arts and humanities provides this course. MA in Economics is a programme that gives students a deep insight into the sectors of finance and management and develops their soft skills so that they are capable of facing any challenge in the public sector, industry or business.

M.A. in Economics teaches students about the latest principles of economic theory. The course provides them with practical experience through various projects internship programmes. Many students who have an interest in the world’s economy and the areas related to it opt for this course. Students get to learn about the ways in which the finances in an economy grow while developing a critical insight for analysing the vicissitudes of the financial market.

Economics is studied as the science of production, distribution, and consumption of wealth. The course of M.A. in Economics is provided not only in the regular mode but through the distance and correspondence mode as well. Some of the top colleges of the country admit students to their distance M.A. Economics programme every year.

M.A. in Economics Eligibility Criteria

  • The candidate must have completed graduation with a degree in B.A. in Economics. Some colleges accept students who have studied Economics as a subject in graduation even if it is not the honours subject.
  • The aggregate marks obtained by the candidate should not be less than 50 per cent or 60 per cent as that is the minimum requirement of almost all the colleges.
  • It is mandatory for the student to have an undergraduate degree from a college or a university which is recognised by the UGC.

M.A. in Economics Admission Process

  • The admission of students for the course of MA in Economics is done through entrance exams that are held by colleges individually.
  • Some colleges select students on the basis of their merit in graduation.

M.A. in Economics Entrance Exams

Some of the most popular entrance exams for M.A. Economics admissions are mentioned below. The entrance exams are held by colleges separately.

  • Delhi University Entrance Test (DUET)
  • Banaras Hindu University - Postgraduate Entrance Test (BHU PET)
  • Jawaharlal Nehru University Entrance Test (JNUET)
  • Telangana State Common Post Graduate Entrance Test (TS CPGET)
  • Calcutta University Entrance Exam (CUEE)
  • Allahabad Post Graduate Admission Test (Allahabad PGAT)
  • Andhra University Common Admission Test (AUCET) 

M.A. in Economics Syllabus

First Year:

Microeconomic Analysis

International Trade

Elementary Statistics

Monetary Economics

Optional Paper 1

Macroeconomic Analysis

International Finance

Theory of Practising and Distribution

Quantitative Methods

Viva Voce

Statistics and Computer Applications

Growth and Development of Economics

Second Year:

Economics of Industry

Public Economics

Economics of Growth

Issues in the Indian Economy

Optional Paper 2

Economics of Agriculture

Indian Public Finance

Growth Models in Economics

Introductory Mathematical Economics

International Finance

Selected Problems of the Indian Economy

Viva Voce

List of Electives:

  • Demography 1 and 2
  • Labour Economics 1 and 2
  • Econometrics 1 and 2
  • Quantitative Economics 1 and 2
  • Economics of Infrastructure 1 and 2
  • Economics of Insurance 1 and 2
  • Financial Institutions and Markets 1 and 2
  • Economics of Gender and Development 1 and 2

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M.A. in Economics Career Options and Job Prospects

Some of the most popular career prospects available for students after completing M.A. in Economics are listed below. Students with a postgraduate degree in Economics can apply for several job opportunities in various sectors. They can easily get jobs in the corporate sector, commerce and banking sector, economic consulting firms, etc. The pay scale of postgraduates in Economic is quite good and it keeps getting better as the candidate advances further in his/ her career. Check the most sought after job roles after MA in Economics below.

  • Research Associate
  • Accountant
  • Business Analyst
  • Financial Analyst
  • Corporate Analyst
  • Personal Finance Consultant
  • Operations Manager
  • Investment Banker
  • Marketing Analyst
  • Branch Manager
  • Credit Officer
  • Cash Officer

Questions Related to M.A. Economics Course

What is the syllabus for the Madras School of Economics M.A entrance exam?

-SubhikshaUpdated on June 07, 2021 03:53 PM
  • 1 Answer
Abhik Das, Student / Alumni

Dear student, the Madras School of Economics MA entrance test 2021 syllabus has been provided below - 

Part A

  • Basic mathematics ...


When is the M.A Economics admission process of Madras School of Economics expected to begin for the academic year 2021-22?

-AnonymousUpdated on May 03, 2021 04:18 PM
  • 1 Answer
Abhik Das, Student / Alumni

Dear student, the M.A Economics admission process of Madras School of Economics has not yet started for the academic ...


Can I apply for JNUEE 2021 with an overall aggregate score of 50.55% in BA Economics?

-AnonymousUpdated on January 14, 2021 05:16 PM
  • 1 Answer
Abhik Das, Student / Alumni

Dear student, through JNUEE 2021, you can apply for admission in MA Economics (with specialization in World Economy) at the ...


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I want admission in M.A. in Economics. Do I have to clear any exams for that ?

Maharshi Dayanand University Common Entrance Exam , Acharya Nagarjuna University Post Graduate Common Entrance Test , Jammu University Entrance Test , Delhi University Arts , Delhi University Science are some of the exams that you can appear for to get admission in M.A. in Economics courses.

What are the top colleges offering M.A. in Economics courses ?

Following are some of the top colleges offering Commerce and Banking courses : Institute of Management-Christ University (Bangalore) , Sri Venkateswara College (New Delhi) , Narsee Monjee college of Commerce and Economics (Mumbai) , Maharani Lakshmi Ammanni College for Women (Bangalore) , Goenka College of Commerce & Business Administration (Kolkata). You can explore these colleges on our website to check if they offer M.A. in Economics or not.

What is the average fee for the course M.A. in Economics ?

The average fee for M.A. in Economics is INR 30,000 per year.

What are the popular specializations related to M.A. in Economics ?

Some of the popular specializations for M.A. (Master of Arts) are : Arts , Actuarial Economics , Tourism , Theatre Arts , Liberal Arts.

What is the duration of the course M.A. in Economics ?

M.A. in Economics is a 2 year course.

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