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Admissions at a Glance

Deadlines
January 15 for the Fall semester
October 1 for the Spring semester (September 15 for international students)
Entrance Requirements
Minimum Grade Point Average of 3.3 (4.0 scale) in all undergraduate coursework
At least 24 credit hours of social science coursework relevant to international studies
Application Documents
Statement of Purpose
GRE score, or TOEFL/IELTS score if non-native English speaker
Two letters of recommendation
Resume
Be sure to check your program's page for additional required documents.
Application
Completion of online application

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Frequently Asked Questions

 Yes! Prior to enrolling in any MA courses, however, students must show that they have met the prerequisites for the program including: Intermediate Microeconomics (ECON-300) and Intermediate Macroeconomics (ECON-301) (or Introduction to Economic Theory (ECON-603); Basic Statistics (ECON-202); and Applied Calculus (ECON-211). We are happy to waive these prerequisites for students who have completed comparable courses from another institution. Prerequisite credits are not counted toward your degree.

All MA students must complete 15 credit hours of core courses, including Introduction to Mathematical Economics, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, and Econometrics I and II. Students choose from one of five tracks: General, Development Economics, Gender Analysis in Economics, Financial Economic Policy, and Business Economics. Depending on the track chosen, students complete their degree by taking an additional 15 to 21 credits of electives or required courses.

Students must complete 30 to 36 hours of approved graduate work, depending on the specific track chosen by the student. Full-time students typically enroll in 9 credit hours per semester, which allows students to complete the program in as little as 1.5 to 2 years. Part-time students choose to take fewer than 9 credit hours per semester. All of our MA courses are offered in the evening.

Still have questions? Send us an email: econ@american.edu