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Economics, Master of Science Degree

Economics Masters Admission

Students who choose a Master of Economics have two options, the Master of Arts or the Master of Science.  The Master of Science is designed to provide the foundation students need to succeed in a Ph.D. program or jobs requiring intensive technical, analytical, and quantitative skills.  The Master of Science provides students with core conceptual knowledge about microeconomics, macroeconomics, and econometrics.  Students may apply these skills through their research, culminating in six credits of thesis if desired.  Alternatively, students choosing the non-thesis option may further their knowledge through additional coursework.  The Master of Arts also emphasizes technical, analytical, and quantitative skills, but provides the flexibility for students to choose a more policy-oriented or applied approach by allowing more electives.

Both programs are designed to be terminal degree programs for individuals who seek careers in applied economics, finance, banking, or law, as well as other professions that require analytical and quantitative skills. The Master of Science provides excellent preparation for those who are considering a Ph.D. in economics, finance, or related field. Applied economists are employed in both the private and public sectors, and are often involved in forecasting, market analysis, policy analysis and advisory activities

Application Deadlines:

In order to be considered for the fall semester, all materials must be received by April 15th.

To be considered for Spring admission, application materials must be received by October 15th.

Application Procedure:

The Master of Science in Economics program is governed by University of Nevada, Reno Graduate School requirements. Prospective and current students are expected to become familiar with these, starting with the online materials

Application forms and a list of required application materials are found on the Graduate School web pages. These include official transcripts from all previous educational institutions and GRE scores. These materials must be returned directly to the Graduate School.

In addition to the application material required by the graduate school, applicants should also submit

1. Letters of recommendation.
2. A letter of intent describing research interests, background preparation, and experience.

Prospective students may elect to submit resumes and short examples of written work (articles published and/or working papers).

All material should be submitted online through the graduate school. Candidates seeking assistantships should indicate their preference for teaching versus research assistantships in the University's application for graduate school admission. 

Admission Criteria:

The Department of Economics advises all students enrolled in the master of arts or master of science programs majoring in economics.  Graduate students are also required to take one credit of ECON 794 in addition to the credits required below, unless this requirement is waived by the graduate advisor.  ECON 794 is a one-credit, pass/fail course that consists of a math workshop that is offered the week before classes begin.  Students also participate in a student orientation, departmental seminars, and a job-skills workshop.  All students are required to participate.

The standards for admission into the Graduate Program in Economics are:

  • A baccalaureate (or an advanced) degree from an accredited college or university, or its equivalent.
  • An overall grade-point average (GPA) of at least 2.75 or a last-half GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • International students must have a minimum TOEFL score of 500.
  • Intermediate Microeconomics or comparable undergraduate course.
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics or comparable undergraduate course.

Applicants not meeting all of these requirements may enroll with Graduate Special status until they have completed a remedial course of study.

International Students:

For international student information, please consult the Office of International Students and Scholars.

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