Master of Economic Analysis

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

Please note: There is also a Master of Economics for those students seeking a pathway into a career in economics.

The School of Economics has created the Master of Economic Analysis to take our graduate students to the frontier of economic research and analysis, whether they aspire to positions of intellectual leadership such as a professional economist in government or the private sector, or to doctoral studies at leading research universities around in the world.

The Master of Economic Analysis is designed as an elite degree in the same tradition as our undergraduate Bachelor of Economics (Honours), widely considered to be the pre-eminent undergraduate economics qualification in Australia.

The University of Sydney School of Economics, the oldest of its kind in Australia, comes from a long tradition that started in 1920. The quality of our teaching is grounded in the strength of our research, which is considered world class in a range of areas from Macroeconomics to Applied Economics or Behavioural and Experimental Economics. Students are taught in small classes with similarly highly-motivated peers, ensuring individualized attention from Professors and an inspiring classroom experience. All students are required to complete a major research dissertation under the supervision of staff member with expertise in the chosen topic.

Please note: The units of study listed below are subject to change and are to be used as a guide only.

Training will cover:

- advanced tools of economic modeling, and how to apply these models to understand and analyze real-world phenomena from public policy and law, to financial markets and firm strategy, to household choices about education, health, savings and consumption.

- the art and science of working with data using the most sophisticated tools of econometrics, increasingly essential in a world awash with “Big Data” on every topic imaginable.

- the application of economic modeling and econometrics to produce a piece of original research in the form of a research thesis. Students receive individual supervision in writing their thesis from one of our experts in the relevant field of research.

Core Units
ECON6001 Microeconomics Analysis 1
ECON6002 Macroeconomics Analysis 1
ECON6003 Mathematical Methods of Econ Analysis
ECMT6002 Econometric Applications

Core Elective Units
ECON6903 Topics in Business Cycles and Monetary Policy
ECON6904 Topics in Labour Economics
ECON6905 Topics in Industrial Organisation
ECON6906 Topics in Economic Development
ECON6907 Topics in History of Economic Thought
ECON6908 Topics in International Economics
ECON6909 Topics in Microeconomic Analysis
ECON6910 Topics in Macroeconomic Analysis
ECON6911 Microeconomic Analysis
ECON6948 Special Topic in Economic Analysis
ECON6950 Topics in Econometric Theory
ECON6951 Topics in Applied Econometrics
ECON6952 Topics in Microeconometrics
ECON6953 Topics in Time Series Analysis
ECON6954 Topics in Panel Data Analysis
ECON6955 Topics in Financial Econometrics
ECON6956 Stochastic Processes and Applications
ECON6998 Special Topic in Econometrics

Elective Units of Study
ECON6016 Trade and Development
ECON6018 Environmental Economics
ECON6025 Strategic Decision Making
ECON6027 Experimental Economics
ECON6101 Special Topic in Economics
ECON6006 Market Structure and Strategic Behaviour
ECON6008 International Money and Finance
ECON6009 Economics of the Labour Market
ECON6010 Public Economics
ECON6021 Financial Economics
ECON6023 International Trade
ECON6024 Private Equity
ECMT6006 Applied Financial Econometrics
ECMT6003 Applied Business Forecasting
ECMT6007 Analysis of Panel Data

Capstone Units
ECON7010 Economics Research Dissertation A
ECON7020 Economics Research Dissertation B

Units of study

Embedded courses

Further course information

Study plan

To qualify for the award of the Master of Economic Analysis a candidate must complete 72 credit points, including: (a) 24 credit points from core units of study; and (b) a minimum of 24 credit points from core elective units of study; and (c) a maximum of 12 credit points from elective units of study (d) 12 credit points of capstone units of study.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

Upon graduation in the Master of Economic Analysis, you will be able to pursue a career as professional economist in academia, government or the private sector. Some of our Economics graduates have gone on to hold leading positions with distinguished alumni including Nobel Laureate in Economics and game theory pioneer John Harsanyi, Reserve Bank of Australia Governor Glenn Stevens, Chairman of APRA John Laker, Professor Stephen Donald (University of Texas at Austin) or Professor of Economics and Public Policy Justin Wolfers (University of Michigan).

Admission

Admission requirements

Admission to candidature for the Master of Economic Analysis requires:

(a) a bachelor's degree with a form the University of Sydney, including a major in Economics with a minimum distinction (75%) average, or an equivalent qualification; or

(b) completion of the requirements for the embedded Graduate Diploma in Economic Analysis or an equivalent qualification.

Fee Information:
If you commence your course after 1 January 2014, the indicative fee is $27,500 for domestic students or $37,600 for International students per year of full-time study of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL).

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Australian citizens, permanent residents, New Zealand citizens, and holders of a permanent humanitarian visa, apply through the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - click on the 'Apply now' icon on this page to proceed with your application. 

International students

How to apply

Overseas applicants may apply:

(i) directly to the University, via the International Office. For information about closing dates and application procedures, visit the International Office website; or

(ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent).

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount

This student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. If you are a Commonwealth supported student and was enrolled in a University course before 1 January 2013 your student contribution may differ.

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount

Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

This 2014, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2013 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents

Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.

International students

International tuition fees for postgraduate students

This 2014, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. The University's Future Students' webpage has further information about these additional incidental fees for postgraduate coursework students and postgraduate research students.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.