How to Apply

We welcome all interested individuals to apply for admission to our Master of Arts in Applied Economics degree program in Georgetown University’s Department of Economics.

Who is Eligible for Admission?

To be considered for admission to the Georgetown Applied Economics Master’s program, you need:

  • An undergraduate degree, which may be from a three-year program. Your degree does not have to be in economics; however, substantial coursework in the field will strengthen your application. Because economics is a highly quantitative discipline, substantial coursework in mathematics, probability, statistics and other related areas can also strengthen your application.
  • At least two courses in calculus, a course in intermediate microeconomics and a course in intermediate macroeconomics. These prerequisites are strictly required for admission. If these four courses do not already appear on your transcript, please indicate on the Economics Supplemental Information form within the application your plans to complete these courses before matriculation. Courses in linear algebra and mathematical statistics are highly recommended, but not required.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale), as required by the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.

Application Deadlines

RoundApplication DeadlineDecision Notification
Priority Deadline*January 15March
Final DeadlineApril 1May

*Students who submit their application by the Priority Deadline maximize their chance to receive for merit-based aid.

Application Materials & Requirements

To be considered for admission to our Applied Economics Master’s degree program, you must submit all required materials.

Application Form

Applications are submitted through our online application portal.

CV or Resume

Submit a current CV or resume that matches the information submitted through your online application.

Academic Statement of Purpose

Your statement of purpose should be approximately 500 words and state your goals and objectives for graduate study generally and at Georgetown University specifically. You can highlight areas of your background or interests that may not be clear elsewhere in your application. It is important to write a clear and concise statement expressing your interest in the program, what you hope to gain and what you will bring to the program. You may address special features of the program or specific topics you are interested in studying. If applicable, include aspects of your personal, academic and work-related experiences that would contribute effectively to the program or showcase your knowledge and interest in your chosen area of study.

Optional Statement (Diversity, Personal Background and Contributions)

As Georgetown is a diverse, global community, we encourage you to upload a brief statement of up to 500 words to help the Admissions Committee understand the contribution your personal background and individual experiences would make to our community. The Graduate School has more information on what you may include.

Letters of Recommendation

The application requires two letters of recommendation, with at least one from an academic source.

Academic Transcripts

You are required to upload unofficial copies of your transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions you attended, where you either completed more than 15 credits of coursework or have completed course prerequisites (any number of credits) for the program to which you are applying. These unofficial copies of your transcripts documenting both degree and non-degree coursework provide our admissions committee with essential information on your academic preparation for graduate study.

If you receive an offer of admission, you will be required to submit official transcripts, which are transcripts submitted directly to Georgetown University by the institution you attended, for verification before enrolling. Do not send electronic or paper copies of your official transcripts before receiving an offer of admission.

Non-U.S. College or University Academic Transcripts

The Department of Economics strongly encourages our international applicants who attended non-U.S. colleges or universities to use the World Education Services Credential Evaluation (WES) when submitting transcripts, especially if your transcripts are in another language. Applicants should upload this evaluation directly to the application.

Review the Graduate School’s specific guidance on submitting transcripts.

Economics Supplemental Information Form

All applicants must complete the Economics Supplemental Information form as part of the application. The form, available within the application, requires details on the completion status of prerequisite courses, including institution, course name, course number and grade received. Our required prerequisites for admission are two courses in calculus, a course in intermediate microeconomics and a course in intermediate macroeconomics. Courses in linear algebra and mathematical statistics are highly recommended, but not required. The form also gives you the option of providing information on additional courses you have taken in economics, math, probability, statistics and related fields.

GRE Official Test Results

As the applicant, you must arrange for the submission of your official GRE test results by requesting that ETS (Educational Testing Services) send your GRE scores to Georgetown University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (ETS Code: 5244).

Demonstration of English Language Proficiency

All applicants are required to demonstrate a level of proficiency in the English language in order to be eligible for admission. Proficiency can be demonstrated by the receipt of a bachelor’s or advanced degree from an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or from a university where English is the primary language of instruction. All other applicants must demonstrate proficiency by submitting an official TOEFL or IELTS score. The Economics Department requires a minimum TOEFL score of 100 or a minimum IELTS score of 7.0.

Non-Refundable Application Fee

Applicants must submit a $90 non-refundable application fee, payable online via credit card or e-check. Please do not send a personal check or money order.

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