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
  • TOEFEL: 550 on paper-based or 80 on Internet-based test

Prospective students who are interested in the program but lack some specific requirements are encouraged to contact the program director for individual advice on alternative ways to meet the requirements.

Learn more about admissions to graduate programs at The George Washington University.

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