Master of Science in Economics

The George Washington University - Columbian College of Arts & Sciences

Program Description

Master of Science in Economics

The George Washington University - Columbian College of Arts & Sciences

ms economics

The Master of Science in Economics program requires a combination of specific required coursework and electives.

MS Requirements


  • A Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in economics or with coursework in economics that includes intermediate microeconomic and macroeconomic theory (equivalent to Econ 2101, 2102 or 6217-18, and basic statistics, equivalent to Stat 1111-2112.
  • An understanding of basic calculus, equivalent to Math 1231-1232. Applications are accepted for the fall semester only.

Required: the general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences; thirty hours of coursework including Econ 8301, 8305, 8375, and two courses chosen from 8302, 8306, and 8376; and five 8000-level economics courses. Subject to the MS Program Director's approval, MS students can count one 6000 level course toward satisfying degree requirements and toward the minimum GPA for being in good standing in the MS program.


Please see the University's required application materials for the graduate program in Economics.

Applications are accepted for fall semester admission only. Please see the Columbian College's list of requirements and deadlines for applying. Additionally, you may refer to the University's Graduate Admissions page for information regarding application deadlines and fees (note that while there is a school-wide deadline, the department will review late MS applications space-available basis). The deadline for applications is April 1.

All applicants should have solid training in calculus and in intermediate microeconomic and macroeconomic theory. Please note that the Economics Department requires two and prefers three recommendation letters from Master's candidates.

The GRE General Test is required of all applicants; no Subject Test is necessary. The GMAT may not be substituted for the GRE.

All students who are not U.S. citizens are required to submit evidence of English language proficiency by submitting an acceptable TOEFL or IELTS score. English language test scores may not be more than two years old from the time you apply. More information on the CCAS language proficiency requirements can be found here. The minimum scores for admission consideration are:

  • Academic IELTS: an overall band score of 6.0 with no individual score below 5.0
  • TOEFL: 550 on paper-based or 80 on Internet-based test.

All applicants for graduate teaching assistantships (GTAs) must submit official scores from the TOEFL or academic IELTS. The minimum scores required to be considered for a GTA are:

  • Academic IELTS: an overall band score of 7.0 with no individual band score below 6.0.
  • TOEFL: 600 on paper-based or 100 on Internet-based.

For more information about the University's guidelines for English Language Requirements, visit the Columbian College's page on English Language Requirements for graduate students. International applicants should also refer to the University's International Admissions Guidelines.

Apply online! Please note that all application materials, including transcripts, should be submitted directly to Columbian College Graduate Admissions.

Financial Aid

All degree candidates may apply for financial aid, but awards go to students in the Ph.D. program, where they are awarded on the basis of merit. Most aid is in the form of teaching assistantships, which includes a stipend plus tuition. Some endowed fellowships and University fellowship aid are also available. There are opportunities for research assistantships either on campus or with the many economic research institutions adjacent to campus.


The Foggy Bottom area of Washington, DC is a diverse neighborhood, where fashionable residences share the surroundings with the Department of State, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, the National Academy of Sciences, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the Federal Trade Commission, the Urban Institute, the Office of Management and Budget, and the George Washington University.

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Last updated January 18, 2018
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