Economics, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • Tuition Fee
    Free
    Tuition fee
    Free
    Tuition fee
    Free
    Tuition fee
  • English
    Language
, KY,
The M.A. in Economics from Western Kentucky University emphasizes the training of students with backgrounds in economics and other arts and sciences for careers that require strong analytical skills, technical tools, and communication abilities.

About

The skills students learn in the program can be applied to a broad range of subjects. Graduates of the M.A. in Economics are employed in both private and public sector as economists, statisticians, data scientists, business intelligence analysts, forecast analysts, consultants and in many other roles. Several of our graduates went on to pursue Ph.D. in economics, finance and public policy.

The skills students learn in the program can be applied to a broad range of subjects. Graduates of our program are employed in both private and public sector as economists, statisticians, data scientists, business intelligence analysts, forecast analysts, consultants and in many other roles. Several of our graduates went on to pursue Ph.D. in economics, finance and public policy.

To broaden their skill set, students may also enroll in courses from related graduate programs including the Master in Business Administration, the Master in Public Administration, and the Master in Health Care Administration

In addition to coursework, students complete an end-of-program applied project that serves as a capstone experience for the program and also helps build specific technical skills to enhance employability of graduates.

Key Features of the Western Kentucky University M.A. in Economics

The WKU M.A. in Economics is a unique opportunity to earn an advanced degree at a growing, dynamic institution with a rich history. Key features of this exciting degree include:

  • Can be completed in 1 year
  • Offers two concentrations: General concentration and Mathematical Methods concentration
  • Non-economics majors welcome
  • Emphasis on employable, applied skills
  • Graduate Assistantships and other financial assistance available
  • Opportunity to work on regional applied research for the WKU Center for Applied Economics
  • Flexible coursework to match student interest

Wide-ranging career opportunities:

  • Economic and financial analysis
  • Market research
  • Data analytics
  • Business consulting
  • Public policy analysis
  • Academia
  • Federal and state Governments
  • Accreditation

    Western Kentucky University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, specialist, and doctorate degrees.

    Programme Structure

    Courses included

    • Issues in Capital Market Economics
    • Seminar in Economics
    • Public Finance
    • Environmental and Resource Economics
    • Economics of Poverty and Discrimination
    • American Industry
    • Economics of Healthcare
    • Introduction to Mathematical Economics
    • Regression and Econometric Analysis
    For more information, please check the program website.

    Detailed Programme Facts

    • Programme intensity Full-time
      • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Credits
      30 hours alternative credits
    • Languages
      • English
    • Delivery mode
      On Campus
    Check if you match the admission requirements

    English Language Requirements

    You only need to take one of these language tests:

    • Minimum required score:

      6.5

      The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    • Minimum required score:

      550

      The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

    • Minimum required score:

      79

      The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

    Academic Requirements

    You need the following GPA score:

    Required score: 2.7

    Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.7 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

    Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

    • File application with WKU Graduate School with accompanying $60 fee
    • Submit three (3) letters of recommendation to WKU Graduate School. The letters can be sent by e-mail or regular mail directly to the Graduate School
    • Submit official copy of undergraduate degree transcript to WKU Graduate School
    • Have official GRE score (within last 5 years) submitted to WKU Graduate School
    • Have a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 (4.0 scale)
    • Have a minimum GRE-Quantitative score of 147
    • For applicants from non-English speaking countries, evidence of ability to communicate in English (a minimum of 213 on the computerized TOEFL, a minimum of 79 on the internet TOEFL, successful completion of ELS Level 112)

    Tuition Fee

    • International Applies to you

      Free
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 10353 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
    • National Applies to you

      Free
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 10353 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
    • In-State Applies to you

      Free
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 10353 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
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    • Housing: $3,750

    Living costs for Bowling Green

    900 - 1,400 USD/month
    Living Costs

    The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

    Funding

    Graduate Student Research Grant

    All WKU graduate students are welcome to apply for these grants to be used on acquiring materials and assistance for creative scholarship. Students may apply for no more than three Student Research Grants per degree totaling $750.

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