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SLO Economics MA objectives

SLO Economics MA objectives - M.A in Economics Program...

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M.A. in Economics Program Objectives Program Goal 1: The Master’s degree in Economics will provide students with the opportunity to learn economic theory and methods, to apply theory and methods to topics within a field, and to engage in economic research on a chosen economic topic. Program Input 1: The Master’s degree program will contain a mix of theory, methods, research, and field courses that satisfy the needs of current students and alumni. Program Input 2: The Master’s degree program will be scheduled so that students are able to complete successfully their chosen option within two years. Data Collection for Assessment: Survey of current students and alumni at least once every five years Lists of offered courses Program Goal 2: Students graduating with a MA in Economics will be able to locate employment in their chosen field and to use economics in decision making. Desired Program Objective 1: At least fifty percent of the alumni from the MA program will either 1) continue their education, 2) advance in their pre-graduation employment position, or 3) find employment using their economic background within a year after graduation. Desired Program Objective 2: Alumni from the MA program will use the economic way of thinking to make decisions. Data Collection for Assessment: Survey of alumni at least once every five years Student Learning Objectives Learning Goal 1: Students graduating with a MA in Economics will be able to use economic theory, methods, and research to explain social phenomenon, analyze social problems, and evaluate public policy solutions at the graduate degree level. Desired Learning Objective 1.1: Graduate students will demonstrate an advanced understanding of microeconomic and macroeconomic theory. Desired Learning Objective 1.3: Graduate students will be able to apply economic theory and methods at an advanced level to selected economic topics (e.g., labor markets, money and banking, public sector, international trade or finance) through independent research. Assessment: Rubric-guided assessment of comprehensive theory exams, and rubric-assessed presentations to the Economics faculty and rubric-assessed written projects of student independent research in Econ 6896 or rubric-assessed writing and defense of a University Thesis will determine if students are proficient in economic knowledge. Learning Goal 2: Students graduating with a MA in Economics will be able to communicate economic ideas orally, in writing, and using computer technologies. Desired Learning Objective 2.1: Graduate students will demonstrate the ability to present orally a coherent, logical economic argument grounded in economic theory. Desired Learning Objective 2.2: Graduate students will demonstrate the ability to present a coherent, logical economic argument grounded in economic theory and methods in writing.
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