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Economics, M.A.

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University rank #51 (ARWU) , MD,
Our department offers admission only to students interested in earning a Ph.D. Our program is not designed for students who are interested only in a Master's degree. 


However, our Ph.D. students may obtain an M.A. degree during their program, either as a terminal degree for students leaving the Ph.D. program, or as an intermediate sign of achievement for students who are continuing in the Ph.D. program. For students who are interested in applied economics, but are not pursuing a Ph.D., the University of Maryland offers a professional masters in applied economics. 

The Economics Program offers graduate study leading to the Doctor of Philosophy degree. During the course of study toward the Ph.D., doctoral students also have the opportunity to obtain a Master of Arts degree. Areas of specialization include: advanced macroeconomics, advanced microeconomic theory, comparative institutional economics, econometrics, economic development, economic history, environmental and natural resource economics, industrial organization, international finance, international trade, labor economics, political economy, and public economics.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Current Issues in American Economic Policy
  • Macroeconomic Models and Forecasting
  • Advanced Macroeconomics
  • Economic History and Modern Development
  • Game Theory
  • Theory of Economic Development
  • Economic Development of Selected Areas
  • Econometrics I
  • Mathematical Economics

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

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Academic Requirements

  • GRE General;
  • TOEFL where applicable;
  • Official Transcripts;
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation;
  • Statement of Goals, Research and Experiences;
  • Fall grades;
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae;
  • Econ Supplemental Form

Tuition Fee

  • International

    27450 USD/year
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  • National

    13530 USD/year
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Living costs for College Park

  • 1676 - 2840 USD/month
    Living Costs

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Many students entering our graduate program receive financial aid. Some students receive graduate assistantships, requiring about 15 hours of teaching or research service per week. Graduate assistantships provide a stipend and a very attractive package of fringe benefits that include medical insurance and full tuition remission.

Other students receive first-year fellowships. These fellowships also include a stipend, medical insurance and tuition remission, but do not require students to work as a teaching or research assistant. In most cases, fellowships convert to assistantships beginning in the second year.
Students who enter our program with financial aid are guaranteed financial aid for two years in all cases, and for four years conditional on satisfactory progress in the program. While not guaranteed, a fifth year of financial aid is usually available for students making satisfactory progress.

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