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MA Economics

 Course Level
Masters / PG
Full Time

2 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

32246 USD
32246 USD

Application fee

International 105 USD
National 105 USD
Department of Economics
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)100
TOEFL-PBT (min)600
GRE (avg)315

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About this course

The Master of Arts program in Economics is designed for students who wish to improve their knowledge of economic theory and its applications. The M.A. program provides a technical and rigorous approach to the study of economics while offering students enough flexibility to take field electives in the department in order to tailor their programs of study to their professional goals.

The program is ideal for anyone looking for a program which specializes in advanced applied economic research. The program offers an excellent opportunity for:

  • Students seeking a quantitative degree with a focus in applied econometrics or economic modeling in order to prepare themselves to work in a variety of positions that require the ability to conduct applied economic research.
  • Mid-career professionals working in financial institutions, government, and think tanks throughout the world.

Graduates of the M.A. program will have the tools to conduct applied economic research and a sound preparation for progression to doctoral study. Specifically, upon successful completion of the program graduates will be able:

  • To take a rigorous, quantitative approach to economic problems
  • To build and test economic models, using sophisticated economics tools
  • To advance professionally and to compete for well-paying jobs across a broad spectrum of industries and sectors
  • To apply to and enroll in a doctoral program

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Eligibility Criteria

An undergraduate degree in economics is not required for admission to the M.A. program, but a strong background in undergraduate economics is highly recommended (principles of economics, intermediate microeconomics, and intermediate macroeconomics). Substantial training in college-level calculus and statistics is also recommended (multivariate calculus, linear algebra, and statistics). Our M.A. program emphasizes a technical and rigorous approach to the study of economic theory. As such, applicants will be evaluated on the quality and breadth of their undergraduate preparation for the study of economics at the graduate level.

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Course Modules

Required Classes

  • GR5211 Microeconomic Analysis I
  • GR5212 Microeconomic Analysis II
  • GR5215 Macroeconomic Analysis I
  • GR5216 Macroeconomic Analysis II
  • GR5410 Mathematical Methods for Economists
  • GR5411 Econometrics I
  • GR5412 Econometrics II

Elective Courses

Students are required to take three out of these six elective courses:

  • GR5218 Advanced Microeconomics
  • GR5220 Advanced Macroeconomics
  • GR5311 Economic Policy Analysis
  • GR5415 Advanced Econometrics
  • GR5711 Financial Economics
  • GR5911 International Economics


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How to Apply

All prospective students must apply using the online application. Printed applications are not available.

You must specify in your application the department, doctoral program subcommittee, or free-standing master’s degree program in which you wish to study. If required, you must indicate the sub-field of study and the term for which you are applying. A complete application includes:

  • transcripts of all previous post-secondary education
  • a statement of academic purpose
  • a curriculum vitae or résumé
  • three letters of recommendation from academic sources
  • GRE scores and, if applicable, results of the TOEFL or IELTS examination to fulfill the English Proficiency Requirement
  • a sample of scholarly writing, if required by the department or program
  • payment of the application fee

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