The Masters of Arts, Economics at Ahmedabad University is one of its kind because it is jointly taught by Faculty in the School of Arts and Science and the Amrut Mody School of Management. This makes the programme, not just theory and Maths oriented but a very practice-oriented one. The joint programme implies that students of Economics can take courses in Finance, such as Corporate Finance, Behavioural Finance, Financial Derivatives and Risk Management, Security Analysis and Portfolio Management. This would give our graduates in Economics an edge over others in placement in financial analytical department of banks such as the IDBI.
Ahmedabad University encourages cross-registration across programmes, so Economics students would gain from group assignments with students from programmes in Management and Engineering and vice versa. Students bring in their engineering, business and economics knowledge to create multi-disciplinary projects. It has a strong summer internship programme that allows students to join enterprises in the sector of their choice to understand and solve real-world problems. Both these unique features will help students to gain not just theoretical knowledge, but also learn to understand and solve complex day to day problems in the corporate sector and in society.
Information is the key to progress in today’s world. The Economics programme has a strong emphasis on developing analytical and data skills, which is the route to understanding and processing information. A central focus of the course will be on developing analytical and data skills. Besides gaining the ability to apply mathematics, statistics and econometrics, students will become proficient at analyzing large datasets with use of software packages such as R and STATA. Interested students will also have access to our Computer Science department to learn other programming languages such as Python. Equipped with these practical skill sets our Economics graduate will have an edge over others in being placed in consulting organizations such as Ernst and Young (E&Y) or Pricewater House Cooper (PWC).
The programme focuses on the development of strong mathematical skills to allow students to better grasp modern economic theory. They will also be trained in research methodology and develop a capacity for critical thinking on economic issues. Students are required to write a graduate thesis under the guidance of the faculty. This will train students to choose an issue of their own interest and to conduct systematic scientific research on it. The programme will prepare the students to pursue doctoral studies in the top universities in the world or undertake further studies in public policy or law.