The Macro- and Micro-Benefits

Want a career in government agencies, financial institutions, consulting firms, think tanks, or non-governmental agencies? The MA in Economics program prepares you with a policy-oriented curriculum; faculty with links to think tanks, research institutions, and international organizations; and advanced statistical software used in applied economics research.
The Master’s in Economics program features:
  • Your choice of four tracks: General, Development Economics, Gender Analysis in Economics, or Financial Economic Policy.
  • A faculty that combines high quality teaching, an interest in economic policy, and serious scholarship.
  • A focus on courses dealing with global economic issues. Most faculty have research or have taught in other countries, and bring that experience to the classroom.
  • A Washington, DC location with access to extraordinary internship and employment opportunities.

Accelerator Admission
Details (2018)

Advanced Master’s Accelerator ProgramMaster’s Accelerator ProgramPre-Sessional English Language
Available EntrySpring or FallSpring, Summer, or Fall
Qualifying undergraduate degrees:
4-year undergraduate degree or equivalent from an accredited institution.
Completed courses in: Calculus 1, Statistics, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics.

Sample Coursework

Below is a list of degree-related courses you might take during your Master’s Accelerator Program. Courses may change based on availability and your preferences.
  • Econometrics I
  • Introduction to Mathematical Economics
  • Macro Theory
  • Research Methods

Progression Details

Advanced Master’s Accelerator ProgramMaster’s Accelerator ProgramPre-Sessional English Language
Credits Earned Towards Degree690
Progression IntoMaster’s degree programMaster’s degree programMaster’s Accelerator Program
Progression RequirementsGPA of 3.0 with no grade lower than a BGPA of 3.0 with no grade lower than a BSuccessful completion of the qualifying level in ELTA with a grade of B or higher in each course
Total credits required for degree: 30-36 credit hours, depending on track

Tuition Costs

Advanced Master’s Accelerator ProgramMaster’s Accelerator ProgramPre-Sessional English LanguageCost Per Credit After Accelerator1Total Credits Required For Degree
Master’s in Economics$20,653$29,315$8,165$1,64230-36 (depending on track)

Note: Pre-Sessional English Language costs represent Spring and Fall 2018. Price varies for summer semester. Please visit for more detailed costs.

1Cost per credit hour subject to change. Number of credits and semesters remaining after completion of Master’s Accelerator varies by program and student. The average graduate student takes 9 credits per semester.

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