• Application Deadline
  • 24 months


The Emphasis of the Economics Program

Our MA program emphasizes extensive training in mathematical and quantitative analysis, including the provision of substantial exposure to econometrics and forecasting, working with large and diverse data sets, and a wide range of statistical software. This gives students the applied skills that employers demand, provides those pursuing advanced degrees an edge in gaining admission to top-flight PhD programs—and enhances the likelihood of the student's ultimate success.

Evidence of our success in this area can be seen in part through the placements of our students. In recent years, a number of our graduates have gone on to top-ranked PhD programs including Harvard, Stanford, UC-San Diego, Illinois, Michigan State and University of North Carolina. Others have gone to work as economists in various federal, state and local government offices. Most of our graduates move into the private sector, working as economists or quantitative analysts for local, national and multinational corporations.

Programme Structure

The department's M.A. program offers a cohesive set of courses that integrate quantitative analysis throughout the curriculum while simultaneously exposing the student to the application of this analysis in a variety of contexts. The requirements for the degree (30 credit hours) are as follows:

Core Requirements (21 credit hours):

Students must receive a grade of 2.7 (B-) or better in all of the above core courses. No more than 3 hours can be taken as independent study. The core courses are:

  • Mathematical Economics
  • Microeconomics Theory
  • Macroeconomics Theory
  • Econometrics I
  • Econometrics II
  • Seminar in Applied Economics
  • Research Seminar

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • Meet all general requirements of the Graduate School (including a 2.50 undergraduate grade-point average).
  • Submit three letters of recommendation.
  • Submit official transcripts from all colleges attended.
  • Have completed 15 credit hours of undergraduate economics including intermediate microeconomic theory and intermediate macroeconomic theory.
  • Have completed courses in calculus and statistics.
  • Submit GRE scores.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1255 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1255 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    377 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 377 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Denver

  • 1310 - 2220 USD/month
    Living Costs

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


Financial aid is handled through the University’s financial aid office. You can find more information here. The department of economics offers some financial assistance in form of Teaching Assistantships (TAs), Research Assistantships (RAs), and graders. These positions are typically awarded to students after their first semester in the program, but incoming students, including international students, are allowed to apply after they have been admitted to the program. In addition, the department offers a limited number of partial tuition scholarships.  

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