Admission Requirements

We accept applications for both Fall and Spring admission.  Applications for Spring semester are due October 1 and applications for Fall semester are due on April 1 (February 1 for students who wish to be considered for a fellowship).

GWU undergraduates are eligible to apply for the Grad2Grad program.

To be considered for admission to the Applied Economics MA program, applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

Prospective students must also have completed the following courses at the undergraduate level:

  • Introductory Macroeconomics (grade of B or higher)
  • Introductory Microeconomics (grade of B or higher)
  • One semester of college-level calculus (grade of B- or higher)

Applicants must also submit two (2) letters of recommendation and a personal statement.

GRE scores are not required, but they may be submitted with the application.

All students who are not U.S.. citizens are required to provide evidence of English language proficiency by submitting an acceptable TOEFL or IELTS score.  English language test scores may not be more than two years old from the time you apply.  More information on the CCAS language proficiency requirements can be found here.  The minimum scores for admission consideration are:

  • Academic IELTS: an overall band score of 6.0 with no individual score below 5.0
  • TOEFL: 550 on paper-based or 80 on Internet-based test
  • PTE Academic 68

All international applicants who are required to submit English proficiency scores are required to take an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) course in their first semester.  The only exception to this rule is that EAP is waived for students with a TOEFL score of 100 or higher, or an IELTS overall band score of 7.0 with no individual score below 6.0.  The course that students must take is noted in their admissions letter.

Prospective students who are interested in the program but who do not meet the economics or calculus requirements are encouraged to take college-level courses in these areas, either online or at a local community college, university or graduate program, as soon as possible.

You may find a list of FAQs on the admissions process, deadlines, and how to check the status of your application, by clicking here or going to the link:

If you have additional questions regarding your application that the FAQs don’t address, please call the Columbian College Office of Graduate Studies at 202-994-6210 or send an email to [email protected].

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