Admissions FAQs

The MS-ECON degree requires the successful completion of 45 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, three elective courses in the spring term of the first year, four courses in the fall term of the second year, and four elective courses in the spring term of the second year. MS-ECON students are discouraged from taking classes part-time, especially in the first semester. Classes are held in the evenings, late afternoons or on weekends.

MS-ECON students generally follow this timeline to complete their degree:

  1. Four core courses in the first fall term
  2. Three elective courses in the first spring term
  3. An internship or some elective courses in the summer
  4. Four courses in the second fall term
  5. All remaining courses in the final spring semester

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 part-time and full-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.

  • Application Form
  • Application Fee
  • Academic Statement of Purpose
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation (two must be academic)
  • Entrance Examination Requirements – Official Test Results (GRE)
  • Foreign Applicant Entrance Examination (TOEFL or IELTS)
  • Transcripts – Applicants are required to upload to the application system copies of official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. Visit our How to Apply (new window) page for additional details and FAQs.
  • Supplemental Application Materials: CV/Resume
  • For more information on application procedures please visit: https://gradapply.georgetown.edu/apply

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 Masters of Science in Economics 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 of above 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. 

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 45 course credits in the Program in order to graduate. In the 2019-20 academic year, tuition is $2,139 per credit hour. Additional information is available at http://finaid.georgetown.edu/cost-of-attendance/graduate/.

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

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

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


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