Admission to our MS Economics program is competitive. A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university is required for admission, but an undergraduate major in economics is not required. Admission decisions are based on the applicant's undergraduate record, application essays, standardized examination scores, and letters of recommendation. In addition, before admission, applicants must have successfully completed the following undergraduate economics courses: intermediate microeconomics and and intermediate macroeconomics (equivalent to ECO 3306 and 3307 at Baylor) or fifteen semester hours of economics. Applicants are also strongly advised to complete undergraduate courses in calculus and statistics before the course of study begins.
Admission to a graduate program in economics is conducted by the Hankamer School of Business with the support of the Graduate School.
A complete application consists of the following information.
- Personal Essays - Personal essays are an opportunity for you to express your unique qualifications, experiences, and reasons for applying to a graduate program in economics.
- Letters of Recommendation - Letters of recommendation provide additional information regarding your abilities and should be obtained from two individuals who know you well and can present balanced evaluations and assessments.
- Transcripts - A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in the United States, or proof of equivalent training at a foreign university, is required. Official transcripts are required for applications to graduate programs in economics before we can begin the evaluation process.
- Resume - A current resume is requested, specifically describing those activities, honors, or awards that you believe helpful to ensuring success at Baylor.
- Standardized Tests - Applicants are required to take either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE, which is preferred) or the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). International students are also required to take either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), except if you have a degree conferred by a U.S. accredited higher education institution. A minimum TOEFL score of 600 (paper), 250 (computer), or 100 (internet) is required. A minimum IELTS score of 7.0 is required.
- Application Fee - The application requires a $50 non-refundable fee.
DEADLINES - Application deadlines for students wishing to receive full consideration for Graduate Assistantship awards are:
- Fall entrance - February 20
- Spring entrance - October 15
Deadlines for applications for admission to a Graduate Economics Program without full consideration for an assistantship are:
- Fall entrance - June 15
- Spring entrance - November 15
If a relevant deadline above has passed, please contact the Economics Graduate Program Director, Dr. Thomas Kelly, to ask whether your application can still be considered.
ONLINE APPLICATION - At the following link, choose the program "Economics" and then select "M.S.Eco"