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How to Apply

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The M.A. in Economics program starts every fall (late August) only. The priority application deadline is March 1. Applications are accepted and reviewed for fall 2015 admission on a case-by-case basis after March 1.

Please note: The Department of Economics offers two graduate programs – the M.A. in Economics, and the M.S. in International and Development Economics. Applicants can apply to only one of these programs in the start term to which they have applied.

To start your application, click here for important instructions and items required by all graduate programs. In addition, read below for instructions specific to the M.A. in Economics.

International applicants please click here for important instructions.

Statement of Purpose

A two-to-three page Statement of Purpose that describes the strengths and any weaknesses of your academic background, research interests, reasons for pursuing a Master's program in Economics at the University of San Francisco and your educational and career goals.


The GRE is optional and not required for admission. An applicant may want to submit their GRE results if they believe it might strengthen their application.

An TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE score is required of international applicants. A minimum TOEFL score of 79 (internet-based) is required for consideration. A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or higher is required. After review of an application, coursework in USF's Intensive English Program may be recommended or required. The USF school code for the GRE and the TOEFL is 4850. In addition, the Economics program requires that students with scores between 79 and 100 on the TOEFL iBT complete a Graduate Writing/Speaking course at USF in the first semester of graduate studies at USF. This information is included in the admission letter.

There is no strict GPA requirement for admission to the graduate program. In general, however, a GPA of 3.0 or higher strengthens an application to any graduate program. For this Master's program, the Department of Economics gives particular attention to academic performance in courses taken in economics, statistics, calculus and finance.

Tuition Deposit

All students who are admitted to the graduate program are required to submit a tuition deposit of $600 to reserve a space in the program after notification of admission is received. The tuition deposit deadline is included in the student's letter of admission. If a tuition deposit is not received by the due date, then the student’s admission may be canceled and that student space offered to another qualified applicant on the wait list.

Advising, Registration, Orientation and Start of Classes

Admitted students will be contacted in the summer by the Department of Economics with details about the advising and registration schedule for late August. The M.A. in Economics program also requires attendance at the Economics Program Orientation in late August before classes begin. The Economics Department can be contacted at 415.422.2765 or bpena@usfca.edu.