General Info

  • Faculty working with students: 10-12
  • Students: 14-18
  • Students receiving Financial Aid: 20-30%
  • Part time study available: No
  • Application terms: Fall
  • Application deadline: January 31
Application Info


Timur Kuran
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Economics
Box 90097
Duke University
Durham, NC  27708-0097

Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Political Science
Box 90204
Duke University
Durham, NC 27708-0204




Program Description

The Master's in Analytical Political Economy (MAPE) is a joint master’s program of the Departments of Economics and Political Science, necessitated by a growing interest in political economy and political science among young economists. These fields are converging, and policy economics—particularly macroeconomic and international trade policy—increasingly includes a strong political component.

Political economy examines the reciprocal relationships between politics and markets, both within and among countries, using a variety of analytical tools, including those of economics. Its concerns include interactions among economic and political development; cooperation and conflict among nations, groups, and individuals; the distribution of material resources and political power; the effects of political actors and institutions on economic outcomes; the causes and consequences of technological and structural change, growth, and globalization; and regulation.

The MAPE program offers a quantitatively rigorous curriculum rooted in economic and political theory, application, and analysis. Students have the opportunity to gain experience with economic and mathematical modeling along with a deep understanding of how and why policies are developed and implemented.


Application Information

Application Terms Available: Fall

Application Deadline: January 31

Graduate School Application Requirements
See the Application Instructions page for important details about each Graduate School requirement.

  • Transcripts: Unofficial transcripts required with application submission; official transcripts required upon admission
  • Letters of Recommendation: 3 Required
  • Statement of Purpose: Required
  • Résumé: Required
  • GRE Scores:
    • GRE General: Required
    • Note: GMAT scores are not accepted
  • English Language Exam: TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English Test required* for applicants whose first language is not English
    *test waiver may apply for some applicants
  • GPA: Undergraduate GPA calculated on 4.0 scale required

Department-Specific Application Requirements (submitted through online application)
Applicants are required to complete a supplemental questionnaire. You can download a preview of this questionnaire from the Economics Department's website.

Writing Sample
Applicants are recommended, but not required, to submit an original writing sample demonstrating academic and research capabilities.

We strongly encourage you to review additional department-specific application guidance from the program to which you are applying: Departmental Application Guidance