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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. (This should be the page, if not section, where such docs are listed?)
Application
Completion of online application

Economics (MA)

Offered by the Department of Economics, College of Arts and Sciences.

Admission to the Program

Applicants must meet the minimum university requirements for graduate study. Admission is based on the academic record and two letters of recommendation. In general, a B average in undergraduate or previous graduate coursework is required. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test is required. Admission is not automatic for students who qualify and may be limited by programmatic constraints.

A student whose undergraduate background does not meet the standards for admission may be considered for admission after completing 12 credit hours of approved graduate coursework in nondegree status with a grade point average of at least 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale). ECON-600, ECON-601, and ECON-605 must be taken within these 12 hours.

Degree Requirements

  • 30-36 credit hours of approved graduate coursework; including 9 credit hours of core courses in economic theory, 6 credit hours of econometrics, and 15-21 credit hours of other required courses or electives
    • Prerequisite credit (including ECON-603) does not count toward the degree. All courses must be taken for grades (the pass/fail option is not permitted). No more than 3 credit hours of ECON-691 may be taken.
    • All courses must be approved by the student's advisor and fit into a coherent educational program developed by the student in consultation with the advisor.
  • ECON-600 and ECON-601 completed with grades of B- or better.
  • Tracks: General, Applied Economics, Development Economics, Financial Economic Policy, or Gender Analysis in Economics.

Course Requirements

Prerequisites

 Note: Waiver of these prerequisites may be granted for qualified persons with comparable prior education or experience.

Core (15 credit hours)

Capstone Experience (3 credits)

Tracks (12-18 credit hours)

Complete 12-18 credit hours of approved graduate coursework in one of the following tracks:

General (12 credit hours)

Complete 12 credit hours from the following or other graduate-level courses as approved by the advisor:

Note: 3 credit hours may be taken outside the Economics Department with the advisor's approval

Applied Economics (12 credit hours)

Complete 12 credit hours from the following or other graduate-level courses as approved by the advisor:

Note: 3 credit hours may be taken outside the Economics Department with the advisor's approval.

Development Economics (18 credit hours)

Required
Electives

Complete 12 credit hours from the following:

 Note: Students may not receive credit for ECON-670 if they take either ECON-671 or ECON-672.

Financial Economic Policy (18 credit hours)

Gender Analysis in Economics (18 credit hours)

Required
Economics Elective

Complete 3 credit hours from the following:

Non-Economics Electives

Complete 9 credit hours from the following:

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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