Master of Arts: Economics

Contact Dr. Larry Blank

The Department of Economics, Applied Statistics & International Business (EASIB) and the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business (AgEcon/AgBusiness) in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) cooperate in offering graduate programs in economics and agricultural economics.

All students must successfully complete core courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics. Students in AgEcon must also complete a research component.

ACES provides AgEcon/AgBusiness Graduate Program information and contacts. The combined programs offer a graduate curriculum in both theoretical and applied economics and agricultural economics.

Graduate students are able to work one-on-one with more than 30 full-time faculty members with degrees from leading universities throughout the United States. The combined faculties offer expertise in all areas of economics, agricultural economics, resource economics, and agribusiness. The student’s program of study, beyond the basic requirements, is formulated by the student and a faculty advisory committee with reference to the student’s professional goals.

Graduate classes range in size from 10 to 15 students. The Graduate Student Organization selects students to serve on the Graduate Program Committee. The graduate faculty assists master’s graduates in finding professional opportunities in research, teaching, government, and business, as well as in securing admission to and financial support in top Ph.D. programs. The attention to master’s training plus the personal touch leads to a very strong professional program.

MA in Economics for Remote Students (Distance Ed Option): Beginning Fall 2020, we will offer an option for remote students to complete our MA in Economics with a Concentration in Public Utility Policy & Regulation by attending classes via the internet. For most courses, remote, distance education students attend class at the same time as in-class students. Please contact Dr. Larry Blank for more information: 575-642-6148.


NMSU is the only university in the country that has both a NARUC-sanctioned industry training institute as well as a graduate degree program specific to public utilities regulation.

The input the CPU receives from individuals who are currently “in the trenches” allows the Masters Program to be continually updated to reflect real world conditions and applications. The CPU’s Advisory Council, comprised of regulatory utility commissioners and utility directors, gives valuable input into the content of the CPU programs. This advisory council also serves as a conduit for procuring permanent employment for NMSU graduates with a MA: Economics and a specialization in public utility regulation.

This produces a graduate from the Masters Program with the up-front skills needed to make an immediate contribution to the employer. Over 150 graduates from this program are currently working in well-paid professional positions within the utility industries and federal and state regulatory agencies. The vast majority of these graduates are native New Mexicans.

Angi Pendergrass

My education at NMSU has proven invaluable to the success of my career here at the U.S. Department of State. The solid foundation I received with my Master’s in Economics degree prepared me to discuss a wide variety of issues, from sanctions and bilateral trade agreements to telecommunications policy and business law.

I use my economics degree almost daily in advising senior policy makers, producing white papers and summarizing those dreaded 300+ page reports into simple executive summaries and bullet points – just like Dr. Popp, Dr. Gegax and Dr. Blank warned us we would!

NMSU equipped me with the knowledge and toolset that helped me win a Meritorious Honor team award – a cash bonus – within my first year at State. While my job duties change daily, the sheer applicability of what I learned at NMSU about analysis and projects management, from initial concept to completed plan presentation, continues to serve me well.

My employers trust the solid foundation I bring to the table and from among a pool of Harvard and Princeton educated co-workers; they frequently designate me for leadership positions on critical programs or products for Cabinet-level policymakers.

NMSU equipped me to play with the big girls and boys on an international level.

The directors of the Center for Public Utilities invite current students electing the Specialization in Public Utility Policy & Regulation to attend training seminars provided by the center. The students meet potential employers through this process. Many of the faculty have contacts in state government. Through these contacts, students learn of employment possibilities.