24 months
36880 USD/year
36880 USD/year
18894 USD/year
Tuition fee
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University of Massachusetts Boston's STEM-designated Applied Economics MA offers a distinctive research-focused master's program that expands on both orthodox and heterodox theories and their policy implications.


The Applied Economics MA program at University of Massachusetts Boston consists of 32 credits with courses offered in late afternoons and evenings to accommodate working professionals. Courses are conducted by distinguished faculty with expertise in economic development, labor, feminist economics, environmental and ecological economics, economics of income distribution, labor, urban and regional economics, poverty, economic demography, and the political economy of race and gender.

Why choose us?

  • Integration of a range of economic theories and interdisciplinary approaches
  • Excellent research and teaching faculty
  • Development of statistical techniques most useful for applied economic and policy research
  • Emphasis on economic issues facing urban areas locally, regionally, and globally with a particular focus on equitable economic development, our ecological footprint, and inequality by gender, race, and class
  • Recent graduates work at US federal government agencies, state government, and private and nonprofit organizations.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Applied Microeconomics 
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Elective or GIS/Survey Research course 
  • Political Economy 
  • Urban Economics Fundamentals 
  • Applied Economics Research Practicum 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


32 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GMAT admission requirements GMAT

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A completed UMass Boston graduate admissions application form with application fee (waived for UMass Boston students and alums)
  • Official transcripts of all prior academic work, including evidence of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • A course in calculus plus at least five economics courses, including intermediate macroeconomics, intermediate microeconomics and economic statistics (all with grades of B or better)
  • A personal statement of at least 1200 words that includes your research interests, career goals and reasons for applying to the UMass Boston MA program
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can assess the applicant’s academic and/or professional preparation for graduate work
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores where applicable (for more info go to the International Graduate Student webpage).
  • A professional or academic résumé

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    36880 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18440 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    36880 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18440 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • In-State

    18894 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9447 USD per semester during 24 months.

Living costs for Boston

1560 - 3239 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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