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College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Department of Economics

Degree Programs

MA Graduate Degree


Application Requirements

In order to be admitted to the MA program, an applicant must have an undergraduate major or minor in Economics, or have had 20 quarter-hours of economics courses. An applicant who doesn't meet these criteria must apply for an exception to be granted by permission of the Economics Department.

The following are required to apply:

  • Personal Statement—All applicants must include a statement of academic and professional goals of at least 300 words.
  • GRE—The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test is required of all applicants. Without GRE results, an applicant can only be admitted on a provisional basis.
  • Letters of recommendation—All applicants must send three letters of recommendation.
  • TOFEL—International applicants must obtain a TOEFL score of 550 or higher. If the TOEFL score is 540 or higher but is less than 550, then the student can be admitted on a provisional basis, but is then required, before any course work in Economics is done, to complete the Graduate Preparation Program (GPP) offered by the English Language Center at the University of Denver.
  • Deadlines—Applications are reviewed and accepted throughout the year under our rolling admission policy. We recommend adhering to the deadline for fall enrollment in order to be considered for financial aid, to ensure proper sequencing of required courses, and to allow for processing of the I-20 form for international students.

Please see our detailed Application Requirements for further details.

The Office Of Graduate Education manages applications from prospective economics graduate students. Apply online for graduate admission and follow the application steps. You will receive an email confirmation upon successfully completing the form.

Financial aid

The Economics Department has limited merit-based financial aid available for graduate students each year. Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTAs) and tuition credits are available for both international and domestic students.

We award financial support mainly on the basis of scholastic ability, though with some concern for need, and the ability and willingness to assist us in some of our undergraduate courses. Students' likelihood of receiving financial aid also depends on the level of competition from other applicants.

Any other financial aid questions can be addressed to the Office of Financial Aid at 303-871-4020 or

International students

We are delighted that you are interested in studying with us! We are a warm and engaged learning community. We value diversity and the rich experiences that our international students contribute.

We encourage you to be aware of and closely follow the steps and timelines for your application and financial aid. Please see the Graduate Studies International Applicants page for more details.

Financial aid

In order to obtain a Visa, international students will need to prove that they have sufficient funding to cover all of their expenses while in school. This means that even if a student receives funding from our department, she or he will still need to provide personal funds. International students may apply for GTA positions as well as departmental scholarships; please keep in mind, however, that even the most generous award (one full-GTA position) will not fully cover all expenses. A full-GTA position covers only tuition expenses (a full load of 8 credit hours per quarter) for an academic year and pays a small stipend, but does not cover any other expenses. This means that no international student can entirely count on financial support offered by DU to obtain a student-visa.