Loyola University Chicago

Quinlan School of Business


The MBA with an economics concentration expands your job opportunities in both the public and private sectors. You will experience a hands-on approach with a global perspective on current economic and business issues.

Elective Courses

Choose three of the following courses to complete the economics concentration.

Courses (3)

This course studies the economic environment┬┐s impact on the firm where topics include national income accounting, factors in economic fluctuations and growth, fiscal and monetary policies, economic forecasting, the relationship of foreign trade and balance of payments on economic activities, economic indicators and measures, and problems of public policy.

Outcome: Students learn to recognize the macro environment and the business cycles in which to operate in and to make learned forecasts.

This course analyzes topics in international economics, specialization and comparative advantage, balance of payments and foreign exchange, elements of commercial policy, and international investment.

Outcome: The students develop skills in this course in analytical and creative thinking, communication and team-work in evaluating trade policies and opportunities, comparative advantage, exchange rate dynamics and fluctuations and risk management.

This course studies cooperative and non-cooperative games and winning strategies and discusses prisoners dilemma, tragedies of common resources, executive compensation and auctions as applied to mergers and acquisitions.

Outcome: Students learn to think systematically to set strategy for the modern corporate firm in both cooperative and non-cooperative situations and to solve conflicts arising from principal agent problems.

This course is an introduction to options, futures, forwards and swaps as derivative securities. After an overview of these securities, a detailed examination of the methods of valuing options will be presented. Binomial trees and a discussion of the Black-Scholes option pricing model will be emphasized, followed by insights into option contracts as useful risk management instruments. A brief introduction to stochastic calculus is also given. Stock, index, debt, commodity, foreign currency and futures options are reviewed, and option strategies are analyzed as managerial tools in financial decision-making. Skills developed in this course include analytical and decision-making, creative thinking and communication. Throughout the course the notion of risk both as potential loss and opportunity for gain and its management will be highlighted. Ethical and social dimensions of risk management and the use and abuse of derivative securities will be emphasized to help students become responsible financial managers. The recent credit crisis and its origin in subprime mortgages will be reviewed. Students are encouraged to form teams and work jointly on five sets of homework problems and to also develop trading strategies. The course integrates functional areas in finance, accounting, economics, business ethics and quantitative methods.

The purpose of this course is to help students understand feasible econometric techniques in order to mine information to understand economic and financial patterns and to forecast. A rigorous exposition of the theory behind econometric techniques will help students understand the issues raised in different published papers. Topics of econometric techniques covered in this course include panel data analysis, time-series models, discrete choice models, and methods to identify causality between variables. Practical applications will prepare students to use these methods in their own projects.