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MA-PECO requires the successful completion of 30 course credits (ten courses). All students in the Program matriculate in a fall semester. Full-time students take four required courses (Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Econometrics and Data Analysis) in the fall semester. Full-time students typically take three elective courses in the spring semester and three elective courses in the summer semester, thus completing the program in one calendar year. Part-time students typically take two courses in each of the fall and spring semesters and one or two courses in the summer semester. Classes are held in the evenings, late afternoons or on weekends.

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No, but familiarity with calculus as well as microeconomics and macroeconomics is very useful.

An undergraduate degree in economics is not a requirement for admission to the Program.  However, substantial coursework in economics is one factor that tends to strengthen an application for admission to the Program. Also, economics is a highly quantitative discipline. For that reason, substantial coursework in mathematics, probability and statistics, and other quantitative subjects is another factor that can strengthen an application for admission.

At least two courses in calculus as well as courses in intermediate microeconomics and intermediate macroeconomics are recommended.

Neither the Economics Department nor the Graduate School specify minimum GRE scores for admission to the Masters of Political Economy Program.

Foreign applicants must provide proof of English Language Proficiency to be eligible for admission. This proof may be provided in several ways specified by the Graduate School, including a TOEFL score or an IELTS score. The Department generally requires a TOEFL score of at least 100 or an IELTS score of at least 7.0.

The Graduate School requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) for admission.

Program students may be able to enroll for a small number of course credits in other departments with the permission of the Director of the Program and the permission of the other department. However, such courses do not count toward the 30-credit requirement for the Masters of Political Economy degree. Also, permission of the Dean of the Graduate School may be required.

The application deadline for non-EU students for the Fall 2020 semester is May 31, 2020.

The Graduate School does not publish data on acceptance to Graduate School programs.

Tuition costs amount to $50,000 for the 2019-20 academic year.

The University does not offer fellowships, scholarships, or teaching or research assistantships to students in the Masters Programs.

MA-PECO does not have an internship program, and course credit is not granted for participation in internships.

The policy of the Political Economy program is to not permit the transfer of course credits from another academic institution. All credits toward the MA-PECO degree must be earned through courses offered in the Program.

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