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Financial Aid

All degree candidates may apply for financial aid, but awards go to students in the Ph.D program, where they are awarded on the basis of merit. Most aid is in the form of teaching assistantships, which includes a stipend plus tuition. Some endowed fellowships and University fellowship aid are also available. There are opportunities for research assistantships either on campus or with the many economic research institutions adjacent to campus. For more information on available aid and application procedures, please go to the University's Graduate Admissions Funding and Resources page or contact the Office of Student Assistantships and Fellowships.

Cost of Study

See the university's information about tuition costs and other expenses and fees, as well as opportunities for funding your graduate education.


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Living and Housing Costs

There is limited space for graduate students in University-owned apartment buildings. For more information about on-campus graduate housing check out GW Housing. The Foggy Bottom-GWU subway stop is on campus, which makes the University very accessible to the large number of students who live off campus in privately owned apartments. The University's Off-Campus Housing Resource Center helps students find adequate housing.

Student Body

There are approximately 100 graduate degree candidates in economics, with roughly three-quarters in the Ph.D. program. While a majority of students are from the United States, there are international students from many parts of the world. Approximately 40 percent of the graduate students are women. Most students plan careers with government, international agencies, or consulting firms located in the Washington, DC area. The department maintains an active placement service, which aids in these career aspirations. See the University's Student Services, Organizations and Groups page for more information.

Correspondence and Information

To receive an application for admission and related graduate program information, please go to the University's Graduate Admissions page. The application is also available online.

For more information on the MA in Applied Economics please contact Dr. Joann Weiner.