MA in Economics

American University - Washington, DC - College of Arts and Sciences

Program Description

MA in Economics

American University - Washington, DC - College of Arts and Sciences

The Department of Economics offers a master's program with five distinctive tracks, a faculty that combines high-quality teaching and an interest in economic policy with serious scholarship, and the special rewards of studying economics in Washington, D.C.

The economics master's degree program is an applied, policy-oriented program that offers five different tracks which master's students can pursue: general, development economics, gender analysis in economics, financial economic policy, and applied economics (online only).

The department has an especially rich offering of courses that deal with global economic issues. Most of our faculty have carried out research or taught in other countries and bring that experience to the classroom.

The Department of Economics master's course work is designed to prepare students for careers in government agencies, congressional committees, financial institutions, economic consulting firms, think tanks, multilateral organizations, and non-governmental organizations among other institutions, both nationally and abroad. Alumni often secure full-time employment with organizations where they had internships or part-time employment while students.

This economics MA degree program offers students:

  • Concentrated faculty strength in major applied fields of economics and a policy-oriented curriculum
  • Faculty with linkages to think tanks, research institutes, and international organizations around the globe
  • State-of-the-art statistical software commonly used in applied economics research
  • A Washington, D.C., location that provides access to an extraordinary array of professional opportunities for trained economists

Most graduate level courses are offered in the evening and the master's degree can be completed in either full-time or part-time status.


  • Applied Economics (Online Degree Only)
  • Development Economics
  • Gender Analysis in Economics
  • Financial Economic Policy
  • General Track

Admission to the Program

Applicants must meet the minimum university requirements for graduate study. Admission is based on the academic record and two letters of recommendation. In general, a B+ average in undergraduate or previous graduate coursework is required. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test is required. Admission is not automatic for students who qualify and may be limited by programmatic constraints.

A student whose undergraduate background does not meet the standards for admission may be considered for admission after completing 12 credit hours of approved graduate coursework in nondegree status with a grade point average of at least 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale). ECON-600, ECON-601, and ECON-605 must be taken within these 12 hours.

An online track in applied economics (see requirements below) will be available beginning May 2014. Switching between the online applied economics and the other MA tracks is not permitted.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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