MA Admission

Admission to the MA in Applied Economics program requires a baccalaureate degree, the attainment of satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination, three letters of recommendation, and the following coursework:

  • Intermediate Microeconomic Theory (3 hours)
  • Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory (3 hours)
  • Business Statistics or Mathematical Statistics (3 hours)
  • Econometrics (3 hours)
  • Calculus (3 hours)
  • Mathematical Economics or Calculus II (3 hours)

The admission decision is based on an evaluation of three main criteria:

  • GRE scores (the score on the quantitative reasoning section should fall in the 70th percentile or higher),
  • 3 letters of recommendation, and
  • a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

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Extra weight is placed on grades earned in economics, statistics, and quantitative courses when a student does not have a 3.0 GPA. A below-average performance in one area may be offset by an above-average performance in another area.

You may be granted provisional admission even if you do not meet these admission standards. You will need to earn at least a “B” average in the five core courses offered during your first fall semester to achieve full admitted status. Students receiving provisional admission are not eligible for graduate assistantships.

If you have a limited background in economics, you can enroll at UNCG during the spring semester prior to starting the MA in Applied Economics and take the prerequisite courses listed above to prepare for the program and gain admission. You are not required to be formally admitted to the UNCG Graduate School to take these prerequisite courses, as any potential graduate student is permitted to enroll in the university through the VISIONS (for visiting and non-degree seeking students) program in preparation for formal admission. See the VISIONS program for more information.

You can enter the MA in Applied Economics program even if you did not major in economics as an undergraduate. Promising candidates who have majored in other subjects have excelled in our program after taking the prerequisite courses. Alumni from our program who earned their undergraduate degrees in chemistry, engineering, English, political science, psychology, and music are now working as professional economists.

You are encouraged to contact Dr. Dennis Leyden, Director of Graduate Studies, to discuss your undergraduate work and prospects for admission to the MA in Applied Economics program. Dr. Leyden can be reached via e-mail at or by phone at 336-256-1010.

To arrange for a campus visit to meet current graduate students and faculty and sit in on graduate courses, contact Jean Rosales at