Students may earn the Master of Science in Economics by fulfilling the requirements of one of the two options detailed below:
Thesis option: Complete 24 hours of course work (including ECO 5001, 5002, 5310, and 5315) plus a six-hour thesis (30 credit hours total).Eighteen hours of course work must be in economics (prefixed by ECO), and 15 of these 18 hours must be at the 5000-level. Additionally, 18 hours of course work, whether within or outside of economics, must be at the 5000-level. Only those 4000-level courses approved for graduate credit (i.e., courses that appear in the Graduate Catalog) will count toward the degree's requirements.
Non-thesis option: Complete 36 hours of course work (including ECO 5001, 5002, 5310, 5315, and 5343) (36 credit hours total). Twenty-four hours of course work must be in economics (prefixed by ECO), and 15 of these 24 hours must be at the 5000-level. Additionally, 24 hours of course work, whether within or outside of economics, must be at the 5000-level. Only those 4000-level courses approved for graduate credit (i.e., courses that appear in the Graduate Catalog) will count toward the degree's requirements.
Admission to Baylor Business is competitive. The MSEco, MSIEco and MAIEco programs are designed primarily for students who seek additional exposure to general economics or international economics before pursuing doctoral training in economics or related disciplines and students who seek training in general economics or international economics before pursuing professional careers in the public or private sector in the U.S. or abroad. Applicants do not need an undergraduate degree in economics to be admitted, although such training is desirable.
Admission to a graduate business program is conducted by Baylor's Hankamer School of Business with the support of the Baylor Graduate School.
A complete application consists of the following information.
- Application - Baylor Business offers both an online and paper application.
- Personal Essays - Personal essays are an opportunity for you to express your unique qualifications, experiences, and reasons for applying to a graduate business program at Baylor.
- Letters of Recommendation - Letters of recommendation should provide additional information regarding your abilities and should be obtained from three individuals who know you well and can present balanced evaluations and assessments.
- Transcripts - You are required to have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in the United States, or proof of equivalent training at a foreign university. Official transcripts are required for graduate economics program applications before we can begin the evaluation process.
- Resume - A current resume is requested, specifically describing those activities, honors, or awards that you believe helpful to ensuring success in a graduate business program at Baylor.
- Standardized Tests - Applicants for the graduate economics programs are required to take either the GMAT or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). International students are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) except if you have a degree conferred by a U.S. accredited higher education institution. A minimum cumulative score of 600 (paper), 250 (computer), or 100 (Internet) is required.
- Application Fee - The application requires a $50 non-refundable fee.