General Info

  • Faculty working with students: 10-12
  • Students: 3-7
  • Students receiving Financial Aid: 50% (getting partial aid)
  • Part time study available: No
  • Application terms: Fall
  • Application deadline: February 1
Application Info


Department of Economics
Duke University
Box 90097
Durham, NC  27708-0097



Program Description

The Master's Program in Economics and Computation is a joint program between the departments of Economics and Computer Science to train and develop programming skills linked to economics and related areas to prepare graduates for Ph.D. studies or related professions. Students will study both economics and computer science coursework in depth, and must pass a final exam administered by their committees covering a portfolio of learning and research activities carried out during their master’s studies. Numerous opportunities for interdisciplinary research are possible through the connections with scholars at the Fuqua School of Business, Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences, the Sanford School of Public Policy, the National Institute of Statistical Sciences, the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute, and other departments, institutes, and local universities. Graduates will be awarded an M.S. degree in Economics and Computation.

Because MSEC graduates study sophisticated computational and analytical tools beyond the level covered in undergraduate and professional schools, they have a distinct advantage when proceeding to Ph.D. programs and other careers featuring quantitative analysis and forecasting.


Application Information

Application Terms Available: Fall

Application Deadline: February 1

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 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.

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