Cost, tuition and financial aid

The Department of Economics provides financial support to a small number of exceptionally well-qualified students in the MA in Applied Economics program through graduate assistantships, tuition waivers, fellowships, and scholarships.

Tuition and fees

Tuition and fees for the MA in Applied Economics program depends on whether you are an in-state or out-of-state student.  For detailed information on all tuition and fee charges, see the Cashier’s Office website.

Applicant Residency Per Semester (12 credits) Approx. Total Tuition & Fees
NC Resident $4,200 $12,600
Out-of-state Resident $11,100 $33,300
* Please note, these figures are based on tuition and fees as of the academic year 2018-2019. If you would like to view a complete schedule of tuition, fees, meal plans and financial aid opportunities, visit the Cashiers and Students Accounts Office website.


Graduate Assistantships

MA graduate assistants work about 15-18 hours a week in the Department of Economics in return for a stipend of approximately $3,500 per semester.  The type of work varies, but generally centers around helping faculty with teaching or research.  In some cases, the assistantship is tied to a research grant that a faculty member has received.

Tuition Waivers

MA students who receive graduate assistantships are also eligible to receive out-of-state and/or in-state tuition waivers.  Out-of-state tuition waivers reduce the basic tuition that out-of-state students pay to the level charged to in-state students.  In-state tuition waivers cover the cost of basic in-state tuition. Tuition waivers only cover basic tuition charges; they do not cover differential tuition charges or fees. Note that tuition waivers are in short supply, and not all MA students who receive an assistantship will receive tuition waivers.


The Department of Economics may nominate highly qualified new and continuing MA students for competitive university fellowships and competitive Bryan of Business and Economics fellowships.  Among the Bryan School’s fellowships are the Joseph M. Bryan Foundation Fellowship, the Betty Conley Brooks and Robert Charles Brooks Master’s Fellowship, and the Wells Fargo Fellowship.  Dollar amounts vary across fellowships, and in some cases are combined with an assistantship award.  Some fellowships include tuition waivers.

Because of the competitive nature of these fellowships, it is important that applicants interested in being nominated for a fellowship submit a completed application to the MA in Applied Economics program by the priority deadline of February 15. There is no separate fellowship application; all applicants who meet the priority deadline of February 15 are automatically considered for nomination for a fellowship.

A number of faculty in the Economics Department have research grants that allow them to hire research assistants to assist with their research. Visit this website more information on funding your education.

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Mr. Devante Monds

Graduate Recruitment Assistant
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Dr. Dennis Leyden

Associate Professor
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