MA in Economics
James Anderson, Program Manager
Full-time graduate students typically take six to nine credits per semester. Each class is three or four credits, so that works out to two or three classes per semester. The length of time required to complete the program varies from three to five semesters depending on the workload the student wishes to undertake.
Many of the Master's in Economics courses are offered in the evening so it is possible to structure your studies in a part-time way.
The Master of Arts in Economics is more theoretically oriented and requires comprehensive examinations in microeconomic and macroeconomic theory. The Master of Science in International and Development Economics, in contrast, is oriented towards empirical field research and culminates in a 30-40 page research paper based upon the required summer field research.
A GPA of 3.0 or higher strengthens an application. In reviewing applications, the program director looks for a strong background in math. The more math and the higher the level of math taken strengthens an application. Generally speaking, most accepted students typically have a GPA or 3.4 or higher.
No, the GRE is not required. However, you may submit a GRE test score as extra supporting documentation if you feel it strengthens your application.
Visit our Office of Graduate Admission How to Apply page for other test requirements.
The priority application deadline for fall applications is March 1. Completed applications on file (includes a Certificate of Finance and a TOEFL score for international students) at this time will be reviewed for admission and for a limited number of scholarships. Fall applications completed after the March 1 deadline will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis until April 1.
The program only begins in fall; there is no spring start.
Courses taken from another university would need to be evaluated by the program adviser. This process of evaluation would take place after a student is accepted into the program and has his/her first advising session with the program adviser. Depending on the syllabus, the course may or may not be credited.
The director begins reviewing completed applications that have been forwarded to the department by the Office of Graduate Programs shortly after the first priority deadline of March 1st. Admission decisions are generally finalized within approximately three to four weeks thereafter. As long as there are spots remaining in the program, the director continues to review any completed applications that are forwarded to the department by the second priority deadline of April 1st.
We must receive your non-refundable deposit (that is applied to your fall tuition) by the deadline indicated in your acceptance letter. If we do not receive your deposit by that deadline, we cannot guarantee a spot in the fall program.
Visit the Office of Graduate Admission How to Apply page for more info.
The program offers a small number of scholarships on a competitive basis. Scholarships are conditional on maintaining a 3.4 GPA each semester while in the program. The scholarships can range anywhere from $2,500 to $15,000 total. Applicants to the program — both domestic and international — are automatically considered for these scholarships; there is no separate application for scholarship consideration. If a student is awarded a scholarship, it is noted in the first paragraph of his/her acceptance letter.
Teaching assistantships are based on GPAs. At the beginning of the second semester, a list of economics graduate students in the top 10 percent of their class is sent to the economics faculty. Faculty may pick a teaching assistant from this list, but they are not obligated to do so.
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No, your TOEFL would automatically be waived.
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Accepted students will receive their I-20 along with their acceptance letter. If the I-20 is not with the acceptance letter, it will come under separate mail within approximately 15 business days.