Information for Admitted Students

Congratulations on your admission to the MA in Applied Economics program at GWU!  I’m the Director of the Applied Economics program and have prepared this short note to help you learn more about what to do next.

First, some basic information. The University is informally referred to as GW, and you will see that abbreviation on many official and unofficial announcements.  The MA in Applied Economics is part of GW’s Economics Department, which is on the Foggy Bottom Campus in Suite 340 Monroe Hall, 2115 G St., NW.  Monroe Hall is attached to Government Hall.  The Econ Department is part of GW’s Columbian College of Arts and Sciences (CCAS).

Second, you should go to the admitted students website which lists the next steps for admitted students: That site explains how to get a GWU email address and sign up for your GWorld card. GWorld is GW’s official ID card and is needed to get into places like the library and computer labs. It’s also a pre-paid debit card that you can use on campus and in many locations near campus, sign up for courses, pay for parking, among other things.  To obtain a GWorld card, you go to the GWorld Card Office after you have (a) received or retrieved your GWid number and (b) are officially registered for at least one course. More info is at

Third, I encourage you to Visit the Graduate Resource Site. This site provides lots of information to help make your transition to graduate study as smooth as possible by providing an overview of GW services and policies that are particularly important for graduate students. I also
encourage you to explore the various websites at GWU.EDU so that you can become familiar with all of the options for dining, housing, sporting and cultural activities available to you at GW.  I also encourage you to take a look at the range of Student Organizations at GW --- there are
dozens of them, ranging from entrepreneurship clubs to student government, health, sports and everything in between --- so one of them is likely to tempt you.

I strongly advise you to look at each of the individual tabs on the Applied Economics page where you will find information specific to the program. I update these pages regularly, so make sure to come back to the pages often.  Please also feel free to send me any suggestions for how to improve the web site or to let me know if there is information that you would like to see on these pages.

Finally, you should register for your courses. Go to the Curriculum tab for details on which courses to take.  If you’re attending as a full-time student, you will take three courses. International students who are studying under a student visa, J-1 or F-1, must register for at least 9 credits each semester (unless it is your final semester) to maintain your legal non-immigrant status as a full-time graduate student. Mathematics is a very important part of economics, so if you are a bit rusty in your calculus and economics, I recommend that you brush up on these subjects before you start the program. If you want to use the texts from your GW courses, you can find them listed on the course syllabi on the “Curriculum” tab. Classes meet once a week for 2 ½ hours, usually in the evening or late afternoon.  Links for the Bulletin, the Schedule of Classes and the Academic calendar are all available on the bottom of the Curriculum page.

All new students should attend the Orientation Session for New Applied Economics students, where we will discuss the program and you will meet your fellow new classmates. (International students have a mandatory International Student Orientation session organized by the international office about a week before Fall classes begin.)  The Department will host a reception for all new and returning graduate students in Applied Economics and in the Economics program during the first week or two of classes. 

Finally, send me an email at [email protected] to introduce yourself and make plans to come see me when you are in town.  My office is Room 370 Monroe Hall, at the corner of 21st and G streets on the Foggy Bottom campus. I look forward to welcoming you to Washington, DC, and to GW!


Joann Weiner, Ph.D.

Director, MA in Applied Economics


p.s. To help you get around, here are links to the University's  Virtual Tour and  Visiting Campus information.