Master of Arts, Economics

The Department of Economics offers a rigorous program leading to a M.A. degree. The curricula provide students with a balance between a core of microeconomic, macroeconomic, and econometric theory and a wide variety of applied courses. The program is designed to prepare individuals for professional careers involving the application of economic analysis in both the public and private sectors. Some of our graduates go on to top doctoral programs including University of Michigan, Ohio State University, University of Pittsburgh, and University of Wisconsin. Others obtain careers in a wide variety of areas including business, law, journalism, labor, government, health care, transportation, natural resource administration, banking and finance.

Admission Requirements

  • Undergraduate background of applicant
    • Intermediate Microeconomics
    • Intermediate Macroeconomics
    • Calculus I
    • Statistics
  • Three letters of recommendation (preferably from academics)
  • Statement of purpose
  • Writing sample (optional)
  • Resume (optional)
  • GRE (required for international applicants)

Application Deadline

Applications for admission to the master's degree program in Economics should be submitted at least six weeks prior to the beginning of the term for which enrollment is sought for domestic applicants and six months prior to the beginning of the term for international applicants.

Applications for students who wish to be considered for a graduate assistantship must meet the following deadlines:

  • February 15 for Fall enrollment
  • October 15 for Spring enrollment

Assistantship/Scholarship Information

All assistantships (and any fellowships) are awarded through the academic department. Students interested in obtaining an assistantship must apply. New students may indicate on their online application for admission that they would like to be considered for an assistantship. Current students must contact the academic department for application information. Each department may have different requirements for assistantship applicants, so all students should contact the academic department to determine these particular requirements. Only those students fully admitted to a master’s or doctoral degree-seeking program are eligible for a graduate assistantship. Students admitted as non-degree seeking or to a certificate program may not hold an assistantship.

Financial Aid Information

Paying for college is a vital part of the education process. It is important to be informed of the many sources of aid available. Student loans are available to degree-seeking graduate students. Information on student loans can be found through the Office of Student Financial Aid. The Office of Student Financial Aid is located in Simmons Hall.

Tuition and Fees

Current tuition and fees schedules can be found through the Office of Student Accounts.

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