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Admissions at a Glance

General, Development, Gender Analysis, Financial Economics
Fall priority admission: March 1
Spring priority admission: November 1
Rolling Admission
Summer admission
Admissions Requirements
Statement of Purpose
2 letters of recommendation
Application form and fee
Submission of GRE scores is optional 
Learn more about additional requirements for international students

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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 hours of approved graduate work. It takes 1.5 to 2 years to complete the MA. All of our MA courses are offered in the evening.

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

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