Dita Dobranja, CAS/MA '16
AU was the perfect fit.
Seeking a comprehensive, holistic economics education, Dita Dobranjua came to AU, where she received faculty mentorship, worked as a teaching assistant, and researched women's economic empowerment in developing countries. She now applies the skills and knowledge she acquired at AU as an advanced researcher at Riinvest Institute, a Kosovo think tank, and while teaching economics at Riinvest College.
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.
Graduate-level economics courses require the use of a number of mathematical tools, including multivariate calculus and linear algebra. Students are expected to have completed Basic Statistics (STAT-202) and Applied Calculus (MATH-211) prior to beginning the program, and Introduction to Mathematical Economics (ECON-505) within the first 12 credits of the program. Although our MA program is designed to prepare students for careers in policy-oriented, applied economics, all economists need a solid grounding in economic theory and econometrics. You cannot get this grounding without a basic understanding of the mathematics used in the field. Professional economists also need to be able to review the academic literature to evaluate what research has important policy implications; students must understand the mathematical tools used in this academic research.
The program has rolling admissions. To be accepted into a specific semester, turn in your completed application 6 weeks before the prior semester ends. Application forms and details about applying can be found at the economics master's admissions page and the College of Arts and Sciences graduate admissions site.
GRE scores are required, though there is no minimum score. Full and part time schedules are possible.