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Admissions at a Glance

Tracks
General, Developmental, Gender Analysis, Financial Economic Policy
Deadlines
March 1 for the Fall semester
November 1 for the Spring semester
Summer admission: Yes
Admissions Requirements
Statement of Purpose
Transcripts
2 letters of recommendation
GRE scores
Resume
Application

Be sure to check the Application Requirements page for additional required documents.

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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.

AU offers an online MA in Economics with a specialization in Applied Economics.

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