MASTER OF ARTS IN ECONOMICS

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ANSWER THE ECONOMIC QUESTIONS OF TODAY
At Nebraska, economists begin with solid technical training in economic theory and quantitative methods and progress to applications of those tools in selected fields. As an economics student, you can work on diverse research projects in one of five economics-related research and outreach centers and take the same core classes as an economics doctoral student.

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Admission Deadlines

Apply by March 1 to begin in the fall semester.

Although you can also apply by October 31 for the spring semester, coursework begins in the fall semester. As such, beginning the program in the spring semester is problematic. Spring admissions are considered only under unusual circumstances and funding is typically unavailable. Applications are evaluated as received. Completed applications received after the deadline may be considered; however, a timely decision is not guaranteed.

School Admission Requirements

  • Academic transcripts. Transcript instructions for both domestic and international students can be found in the “Review Admission Process” tab above.

  • Three letters of reference

  • A statement of purpose

  • GRE score

  • TOEFL score (only for international students; minimum of 550 written, 213 computer-based, 80 iBT or 6.5 IELTS).

Before admittance to the program, we expect you to have strong academic achievement and training in economics, mathematics and statistics.

The statement of purpose should outline your goals and objectives for studying economics at the graduate level.

Please note: All application materials (except transcripts and finance resource certification) must be submitted electronically. Do not send paper recommendation forms.

GRE – Graduate Record Examinations

You must register to take the GRE and have the results forwarded to Nebraska (use institution code 6877). You must also submit your scores through the online graduate application.

TOEFL - Test of Spoken English

International students must include a TOEFL score (use institution code 6877).
You will need a minimum score of 550 written, 213 computer-based, 80 iBT or 6.5 IELTS.

Finance Resource Certification Form

Any applicant who is recommended for admission and expects to hold an F1 (student) or J1 (exchange visitor) visa should submit the Financial Resource Certification (FRC) form.

Note to International Students

We recommend starting your application process at least one year prior to the date you would like to be admitted. You must also be aware of the additional requirements that you need to meet in order to be admitted to the College of Business. The International Student and Scholar Office provides orientation, counseling and advising, and serves as the official liaison between your sponsoring agency and the United States government. Staff members are also available to help you make contacts on campus and in the Lincoln community.

Guidelines for International Students

Admissions Process

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Apply online and submit the $50 application fee.

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Upload Supporting Documents

All Supporting Documents including unofficial transcripts and test scores are uploaded directly via the graduate application.

You are required to submit an unofficial transcript from each post-secondary institution you have attended during the application review process.


Submit Official Transcripts

If you are admitted, you will be required to submit an official transcript sent directly from each institution you have attended to The Office of Graduate Studies. We recommend that you complete this task before your admitted term begins. A hold will be placed on your account if they do not receive your official transcripts by October 1 for the fall term, February 1 for the spring term and July 1 for the summer term. Students will have until that day to submit official transcripts or your admission will be rescinded.

Transcripts can be sent electronically to graduate@unl.edu or by mail to

University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Graduate Admissions
1100 Seaton Hall
Lincoln, NE 68588-0619

International Student Transcript Submission

If you are an international student, please refer to the Nebraska Office of Graduate Studies for transcript and document information.

International Transcript Information

Additional information on Application Requirements can be found at Graduate Studies website.

Prepare for Doctoral Success

The 36-credit-hour program prepares you for a Ph.D. program either at Nebraska or at another institution. Well-prepared students should apply directly to our doctoral program.

PH.D. PROGRAM

As a master’s student, you’ll take the same core theory sequence as doctoral students, including mathematical statistics, two courses in microeconomic theory, two in macroeconomic theory and two in econometrics.

After successfully completing the core theory sequence and passing the PhD. qualifying examination, you may apply to the Ph.D. program. If admitted, your coursework and examinations transfer directly to the Ph.D.

If you are interested in a terminal degree focusing on applied economics, we encourage you to consider the M.A. program offered through the Department of Agricultural Economics at Nebraska.

Learn More: Graduate Handbook

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Choose a Concentration

Although the focus of the program is applied microeconomics, you can tailor your education by choosing an informal concentration in two of six major areas of economic study.

These areas include:

  • Economic Education
  • Econometrics
  • Feminist Economics
  • International Trade and Development
  • Labor Economics
  • Public and Urban Economics
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Benefits

In addition to university funding opportunities, the Department of Economics awards three to four assistantships to new students each year. The assistantships include a competitive stipend, tuition remission, health benefits and teaching and research opportunities.

All applicants are considered for assistantships. No separate application for financial aid is required. Preference in financial assistance awards is given to Ph.D. applicants, but M.A. applicants are considered as well. Typically, our incoming Ph.D. students selected for assistantships have GRE verbal scores above the 70th percentile, quantitative scores above the 80th percentile, and a writing score of at least 4.

These scores should be viewed as guidelines and are neither necessary nor sufficient for an offer of financial aid. We evaluate the entire application.

Assistantship decisions for the fall semester are typically made in February and March. Recipients are notified near April 1. Duties of first-year recipients of assistantships will likely include assisting professors with their instructional duties or working as research assistants.

Assistantships

All applicants are considered for assistantships. No separate application for financial aid is required. Preference in financial assistance awards is given to Ph.D. applicants, but M.A. applicants are considered as well. Typically, our incoming Ph.D. students selected for assistantships have GRE verbal scores above the 70th percentile, quantitative scores above the 80th percentile and a writing score of at least 4. These scores should be viewed as guidelines and are neither necessary nor sufficient for an offer of financial aid. We evaluate the entire application.

Assistantship decisions for the fall semester are typically made in February and March. Recipients are notified near April 1. Duties during your first year will likely include assisting professors with their instructional duties or working closely with a professor as a research assistant.

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Challenge Yourself With Hands-On Research Projects
At Nebraska Business, you can develop robust research skills and participate in meaningful economic research through one of five economics-related centers: the Bureau of Business Research, Central Plains Research Data Center, National Center for Research in Economic Education, Nebraska Council on Economic Education and Lincoln Center for Economic Education.

EXPLORE CENTERS AND INSTITUTES

Why Nebraska?

Home to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, the city of Lincoln consistently ranks among the highest U.S. cities for livability thanks to a low cost of living, great schools and friendly, community-minded residents. Set amidst a big sky and open landscape, the city is simple to navigate with a nationally noted low crime rate, a wide range of housing choices and a reliable public transit system. As one of the fastest growing metro areas in the Midwest, Lincoln boasts a growing technology sector, more parkland per capita than all but a few U.S. cities, an extensive bike trail network and numerous options for recreational and personal interest activities. It’s easy to feel at home here.

College Points of Pride About Lincoln Local Events

Cost of Living Comparison (2018)
  Lincoln Ann Arbor Boston Austin College Station Raleigh Seattle United States
Overall 96 127 182 130 99 111 204 100
Grocery 92.9 90.7 105.7 88.7 87.5 93.4 100.4 100
Health 120 90 83 92 91 103 82 100
Housing 94 190 314 185 125 139 407 100
Utilities 92 99 117 99 96 99 69 100
Transportation 87 115 152 131 83 100 157 100
Miscellaneous 98 95 129 100 89 98 120 100

Contact

Cushing, Matthew J
Professor
HLH 525 U
P.O. Box 880489
Lincoln, NE 68588-0489
402-472-2323