Admissions FAQs

MA-PECO requires the successful completion of 30 course credits (ten courses). All students in the Program matriculate in a fall semester. Students take four required courses (Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Political Economy, and Data Analysis) in the fall semester, three elective courses in the spring semester, and three elective courses in the summer semester, thus completing the program in one calendar year. The fall and spring semesters are held at Solvay Brussels School of Economics & Management in Belgium and the final summer semester is held at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.

  • Application Form
  • Application Fee
  • Academic Statement of Purpose
  • 3 Recommendations (at least one academic)
  • Entrance Examination Requirements – Official Test Results (GRE)
    Foreign Applicant Entrance Examination (TOEFL or IELTS)
  • Transcripts: Applicants are required to upload to the application copies of official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended where more than 15 credits of coursework have been completed or where program prerequisites have been completed (any number of credits). We consider these uploaded transcripts to be “unofficial” as they are submitted by the applicant. Transcripts from both degree and non-degree coursework provide the admissions committee a more complete picture of academic preparation for graduate study. Only transcripts that have been uploaded to the application by the student are required for the application review. Applicants who receive an offer of admission will be required at that time to submit official final transcripts (transcripts that have been submitted directly to Georgetown University by the institution) for verification prior to enrolling. Do not send electronic or paper copies of your official transcripts before receiving an offer of admission.

    The Graduate School has specific guidance on the submission of transcripts, we recommend that you review their criteria at the Graduate School’s How to Apply webpage, under the Transcripts, Translations, and Evaluations section,

The Directors of the MA-PECO program strongly encourage our international applicants to use the World Education Services Credential Evaluation (WES), especially if your transcripts are in another language.

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.

The Ph.D. in Economics program has an open recruitment framework, looking for the best applicants based on the available information.  A good performance in the MA-PECO Program would be considered a good signal of aptitude for the PhD program.

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 priority application deadline for admission for the Fall 2022 semester is January 15, 2022. Applications received by June 1, 2022, will be considered on a space-available basis.

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

Tuition costs amount to $50,000 for the 2022-23 academic year.

Merit-based fellowships may be available.

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.

Information specific to Solvay Brussels is available at

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