Admission requirements

Full admission to the MA in Applied Economics program requires a baccalaureate degree with a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average, the attainment of satisfactory GRE or GMAT scores, three letters of recommendation, and strong performance in the following coursework:

  • Intermediate Microeconomics
  • Mathematical Economics
  • Economics and Business Statistics II

Equivalent coursework in mathematics and statistics may substitute for the latter two. If you have questions about these requirements, please feel free to contact the Department of Economics at or 336.256.1010.

For information about additional university admission requirements and procedures, please see the Guide to Graduate Admissions. International applicants, in particular, should also see Graduate School’s International Application Requirements for important information.  Any questions about these requirements and procedures should be directed to The Graduate School.

Admissions Process

Prospective students interested in applying to the MA in Applied Economics program should use UNCG’s online application system. You can begin an application at any time, save the results, and return to complete the application at your convenience. Be sure to specify that you are interested in the MA in Applied Economics program.

Please note that the Department of Economics will not be able to view your application or make decisions on admission until your application is both complete and submitted.

Application Deadlines

This program only admits students for fall admission. We accept and review applications on a rolling basis beginning February 1st with the following deadlines.

Be sure to submit and complete your application in full before the deadline.

Fall Semester
Priority Consideration: February 1st
Complete applications that are submitted by this date are given first priority for admission and for fellowships, scholarships, and assistantships.

Standard Deadline: May 15th, April 1st for international students
Complete applications that are submitted by this date will be considered for admission and for fellowships, scholarships, and assistantships after applications that were submitted by February 1st have been evaluated.

Late Deadline: Between May 15th and July 1st, Between April 1st and June 1st for international students.
Complete applications that are submitted in the period will be considered for admission. However, it is not possible to consider such applications for financial assistance.

Considerations you should make

A holistic approach

The Department of Economics takes a holistic approach when evaluating an applicant’s record. While the particular focus is placed on grades earned in economics, statistics, and quantitative courses, and on the quantitative GRE (or GMAT) scores, a below-average performance in one area may be offset by an above-average performance in another area.

In addition, if you have an otherwise strong record, it may be possible for you to be granted provisional admission if you do not meet all the admission standards. In such cases, criteria that have to be met to achieve full-admitted status will be defined as part of the provisional admission. If you receive provisional admission, you will not be eligible for fellowships, scholarships, and assistantships.

Non-economics Majors are welcome to apply

Promising candidates who have majored in subjects other than economics have excelled in our program after taking the prerequisite courses. Among our alumni now working as professional economists are those with undergraduate degrees in chemistry, engineering, English, political science, psychology, and music.

If you have a strong record but did not major in economics (or have an otherwise limited background in economics), we strongly encourage you to consider applying to our MA in Applied Economics program. If you are admitted, it will be a provisional admission with a set of conditions that must be met before you can be fully admitted to the program.

Typically these conditions involve taking the missing prerequisite courses and performing well in them.  A common way to meet these conditions is to enroll in those courses at UNCG in the spring and/or summer semesters through the Graduate School’s VISIONS program.  Alternatively, you can arrange to take the necessary courses at another institution of your choice. In either case, please feel free to contact us if you would like to discuss the particulars of your situation (; 336.256.1010).

Campus visits are welcome

If you would like to arrange a campus visit to meet current graduate students and faculty and sit in on graduate courses, please contact us at or 336.256.1010.

Application Fee Waiver


Application fees may be waived in recognition of exceptional student merit or for those with significant financial need. Perspective students may request a waiver of the application fee by contacting the department’s Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Dennis Leyden. In order to be granted an application fee waiver, the application process must be started online.



Admission applicants who meet one of the following criteria may request a GMAT/GRE waiver for the MA in Applied Economics program:

  • Applicant has at least a 3.5 (out of 4.0) overall bachelor’s degree GPA from a regionally accredited institution, or
  • Applicant has at least a 3.3 (out of 4.0) overall bachelor’s degree GPA from a regionally accredited institution and is a member of the Omicron Delta Epsilon or the Beta Gamma Sigma honor society.

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