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How do I apply and where do I send my application documents?

Apply online at:usfca.edu/admission/graduate/apply/ You will also need to upload your supporting documents via the online application system. Applicants may upload unofficial transcripts. Official transcripts will be required only if an applicant is offered an acceptance.The Director of the program begins reviewing completed applications shortly after the application deadline of March 1st. We receive approximately 100 applications for 18-20 spots in the program.

Is there a GPA requirement for the M.A. in Economics 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. Other test requirements can be found here:


Does the M.A. in Economics 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; therefore, 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.

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 these times will be reviewed for admission and for 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.

What is the cost of the program?

The M.A. in Economics program consists of 33 units. The Fall 2014 current graduate tuition rate is $1,209* per unit. The number of courses that students are required to take to complete the program will depend on which economic classes you have previously taken.

*Additional tuition and fees may apply, estimate based on anticipated registered hours.  Mandatory fees:  AGSUSF - $25 per semester, $50 per year. Student Health Insurance - Please visit www.usfca.edu/hps for complete information.

How many units per semester do students usually take?

Full-time graduate students typically take 6-9 units per semester. Each class is 3 or 4 units, so that works out to two or three classes per semester. The length of time required to complete the program varies from 3-5 semesters depending on the workload the student wishes to undertake.

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

Many of the M.A. in Economics courses are offered in the evening so it is possible to structure your studies in a part-time way.

Is it possible to begin the M.A. in Economics 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 Advisor. 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 Advisor. 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 3-4 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 $600 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.

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% 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 difference between the M.A. in Economics program and the M.A. in International Development & Economics program?

The M.A. in Economics is more theoretically oriented, and requires comprehensive examinations in microeconomic and macroeconomic theory. The Master's 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.

What are the profiles of the faculty members?

Follow this link: https://www.usfca.edu/artsci/econg/faculty/