The Core Faculty (Núcleo Académico Básico (NAB) in Spanish) is the responsible of leading the academic program of Master and Doctorate in the Economics program. The NAB is a body composed of 12 teacher-researchers, all with the doctor’s degree. 58% of the NAB has a doctor’s degree from other university (national and internationals programs). 100% of the NAB has PROMEP profile, 92% belongs to the National System of Researchers (SNI) and 50% have level II or III in the SNI.
The academic and administrative structure of the Master’s program in Economics is organized as follows:
Committee of Graduate Studies
It is composed of the program coordinator, the coordinator of graduate faculty, the director of the Faculty of Economics and International Relations and three teachers from the Core faculty. Its function is to analyze and solve collegially academic and administrative affairs program. Their responsibility is as follows:
The main function is to guide students for making academic decisions and support in meeting academic goals by tracking the progress of thesis. They are allocated in the first half by agreement of the Committee of Studies program taking into account the correspondence between the student’s research protocol and line generation and application of knowledge of the teacher.
The Thesis director has to be a specialist in the area of knowledge in which the student has decided to do his doctoral thesis and should be an academician of the UABC. When determined by the Graduate Studies Committee, it will be call to an external academic with expertise in the subject area to which the respective thesis relates, to act as co-director.
The supervisor shall have the following functions:
There will be many thesis committees as doctoral students and these will consist of a set of academics with doctoral degrees who will advise and evaluate the performance of each student in the elaboration of the thesis by the progress made. Thesis committees shall be composed of the thesis supervisor and two academics with doctoral degrees, internal to the UABC.
The thesis committee shall have the following functions:
This will be a specialist in the area of knowledge in which the student has decided to do his doctoral thesis and an academician from UABC. When determined by the Graduate Studies Committee, it will be called to an external academic with expertise in the subject area to which the respective thesis relates, acting as a co-director.
The thesis director will have the following functions:
There will be as many thesis committees as doctoral students, and these will consist of a set of academics with doctoral degrees that will advise and evaluate the performance of each student in the elaboration of thesis by the progress made. Thesis committees shall be composed of the thesis supervisor and two academics with doctoral degrees attached to the university.
The thesis committee will have the following functions:
Extended thesis committee
The Expanded thesis committee adds two professors from external institutions (national or international), besides the internal teachers. These committees shall meet at least once during the last six months before the exam application and finally in the defense of the student’s thesis.
The Expanded thesis committee will have the following functions:
• To monitor the student’s thesis project.
• To evaluate the student at the entrance examination.
• To carry out a review of the student’s thesis and make appropriate recommendations.
• To evaluate the student at the Thesis Defense Evaluation.
The subjects are evaluated on a scale of 0 to 100, where 70 is the minimum passing grade for each course, in accordance with the Regulations of Graduate Studies at UABC. However, due to the guidelines of the PNPC from CONACyT, the minimum weighted averages to maintain the scholarship is 80, besides not have failed any subjects.
The final grades obtained in every subject are the result of the student performance through tests, essays and other works demanded by teachers. The grades of the research seminars takes into account the progress of the doctoral thesis that culminates with the semiannual presentation at the research colloquium, where the thesis is discussed and evaluated by a committee of experts who will make qualitative observations, submitting written comments and giving a grade.
The evaluation of the teaching staff will be made through the website of the MCE program, where students can evaluate to the end of every semester the teaching-learning process and teaching activities of the program. The results of both evaluations will be used as feedback to enhance the program quality and implement future improvements.
The evaluation of the academic performance is institutionalized. The Graduate Studies Office semiannually asks students to evaluate teachers in the subjects they taught, considering aspects such as structure of objectives and content, clarity, class organization and time, a mastery of the subject matter, the teacher-student interactions, assessment of learning and working method.
The Master’s program in Economics provides students administrative support for procedures, equipment photocopying, audiovisual equipment for teaching, specialized bibliographic material, classrooms and workrooms, specialized laboratories, telephone communication systems, computer labs with Internet access , loanable computer equipment and videoconferencing systems.
It is made up essentially of 12 researcher’s professors who constitute the Core Faculty, whom are attached to the Faculty of Economics and International Relations of the UABC and whose relevance is proven by their area of expertise and academic productivity. It also features collaborations with other national and international researchers participating in workshops, seminars, courses by concentration and master lectures.
Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree for admission to the Master program in Economics (MCE), preferably in economics; however, candidates with bachelors of related areas can also apply for the program as long as they meet the other requirements. In all cases, the decision will depend on the results of the admission tests, the interview with the committee and their affinity with the field of research.
1.The entrance examination to the Master’s program in Economics evaluates the candidate’s knowledge about the following areas:
2.Once covered all the documentary requirements for admission, the applicant must attend an interview with members of the Graduate Studies Committee and the Core Faculty. After this step, it is possible to carry out the selection procedure described below:
The curriculum of the Master’s program in Economics includes 54 credits of core courses, 6 electives credits, 8 tutorials credits and 12 credits for thesis.
The number of credits required for the master’s degree is 80. The compulsory subjects are Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Mathematics, Economic history, Statistics, Econometrics, Game Theory, Theory of Economic Growth and Development and Theory of industrial organization.
The Elective credits can be:
Economics of education, Economic thought, etc.
The tutorial courses offered are:
Directed research I and Directed II.
The master’s program requires full time enrollment. As a complement to the semi-annual academic load, the program offers seminars, core courses, conferences and workshops, which students must attend as part of their comprehensive training.
Candidatesto join at the Master programin Economicsmust be graduatesand professionals with a bachelor’s degree related to the economic science expertise. They must also have significantskillsin quantitative and qualitativereasoningand an importanttraining in the areasof theory andeconomics history, mathematicsand statistics.Theymust also havestrongcritical thinking skillsand theability to developindependentandcollegialresearch, besides theability togenerate and applyscientific knowledge.
Graduates of the Master’s program in Economics will show a disciplinary domain at the current state of art and of the methodological research skills. They will perform in methodological analysis activities within the public and private sectors, as well as teaching in higher education. They will specialize in the problem approach to the various areas of the economic discipline and its solution through the application of mathematical and analytical skills with an emphasis on the use of computational tools. However, the main attitude of graduates will be of social responsibility and of historical perspective, when necessary at the application of theoretical tools and quantitative and qualitative proposals for solving the problems associated to regional economic development.