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The Masters Degree in Applied Economics requires the successful completion of 30 course credits (ten courses) in the Program. 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.

Full-time students generally take the four core courses in the fall term, three elective courses in the spring term and three courses in the summer term.

Part-time students have a variety of options, but typically take two core courses (usually Microeconomics and Macroeconomics) in their first fall term, two electives in the first spring term, and one elective in the first summer term. They follow the same pattern in the next year starting with Econometrics and Data Analysis in their second fall term.

The fall term runs from late August to mid-December, the spring term begins in early January and ends in early May, while the summer term starts in mid-May and ends in mid-August.

To facilitate both full-time and part-time students, classes meet for two and a half hours in the late afternoon or evening on weekdays, and in the morning or early afternoon on Saturday.

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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 specifically required for admission to the program.

Neither the Economics Department nor the Graduate School specify minimum GRE scores for admission to the MA-APEC 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 requires a TOEFL score above 100 or an IELTS score of at least 7.0.

The Graduate School requires a minimum grade point average 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. 

The primary application deadline for admission for the Fall 2020 semester is January 15, 2020. Applications received by April 1, 2020, will be considered on a space-available basis.

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

Students must successfully complete 30 course credits in the Program in order to graduate. In the 2019-20 academic year, tuition is $2,139 per credit hour. Accordingly, tuition costs amount to $64,170 for the 2019-20 academic year. Additional information is available at

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

The Applied Economics Program does not have an internship program, and course credit is not granted for participation in internships.

The policy of the Masters Degree Program in Applied Economics is to not permit the transfer of course credits from another academic institution. All credits toward the Applied Economics Masters Degree must be earned through courses offered in the Program.

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