Admission to our MS in 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.
International Applicants are required to take either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A minimum TOEFL score of 600 (paper), 250 (computer), or 100 (internet) is required. A minimum IELTS score of 7.0 is required. These testing requirements can be waived if:
• the applicant received a degree from an accredited U.S. institution.
• the applicant is a citizen of a country in which English is the primary official language.
• the applicant received a degree from a college where all courses were taught in English and is accredited by a recognized U.S. or international organization.
- Personal Essay - Please explain why you wish to pursue graduate studies in economics or information systems, and why you wish to do this at Baylor.
- 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. One letter of recommendation is required but Baylor will accept up to three letters.
- 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 & Cover Letter - A current resume is required, specifically describing those activities, honors, or awards that you believe helpful to ensuring success at Baylor.
A cover letter is optional. Just as you would apply for a professional position, the one-page cover letter would include reasons why you are qualified for a place in the graduate degree program, how your participation will add value to the graduate degree program, or explain any other information useful to the admissions committee.
- Standardized Tests - Applicants are required to take either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE, which is preferred) or the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT).
- Application Fee - The application requires a $50 non-refundable fee.
DEADLINES - Baylor reviews applications as they are submitted. We will notify applicants as decisions are made. The deadline for students wishing to receive full consideration for Tuition Scholarship awards is:
- Fall entrance - March 1
The deadline for applications for admission to a Graduate Economics Program without full consideration for a scholarship is:
- Fall entrance - June 15
If a relevant deadline above has passed, please contact the Economics Graduate Program Director, Dr. Scott Cunningham, 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"