Program Details

How many units per semester do students usually take?

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.

Is it possible to do the program as a part-time student or take classes in the evening?

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.

What is the difference between the Master of Arts in Economics program and the Master of Science in International and Development Economics program?

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.

How to Apply

Is there a GPA requirement for the program?

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.

Is the GRE a requirement?

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.

What is the application deadline?

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.

Is it possible to begin the program in spring rather than fall?

The program only begins in fall; there is no spring start.

Can graduate courses from another university be transferred to the program?

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.

When would I receive an admission decision?

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.

If a student is accepted, how does he/she guarantee his spot in the fall program?

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.

Financial Aid and Tuition

Does the program offer scholarships?

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.

Are teaching assistantships available in the Department of Economics?

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.

What is the cost of the program?

International Students

I am an international student but received my degree from an English-speaking university. Do I need to submit a TOEFL score?

No, your TOEFL would automatically be waived.

I am an international student and will need to submit a certificate of finance as part of my supporting documentation. Where can I find estimated program costs?

When would I receive my I-20?

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.

Contact Info

MA in Economics

James Anderson, Program Manager

Cowell Hall, Room 409, 2130 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA 94117-1081 (415) 422-2711 (415) 422-6983