General Info

  • Faculty working with students: 49
  • Students: 221
  • Students receiving Financial Aid: limited tuition waivers granted to M.A. students
  • Part time study available: No
  • Application terms: Fall
  • Application deadlines: January 16
Application Info


Nelson Sa
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Economics
Duke University
Box 90097
Durham, NC 27708-0097
(919) 660-1800


Program Description

The M.A. Economics (MAE) program is designed to give students a quantitative approach to economics with the flexibility to tailor the degree to fit their future goals. It offers comprehensive instruction in a wide range of areas within the discipline, including computational economics, economic analysis, and financial economics. Graduates of the program are adept in applied research and financial analysis, highly competitive on the finance sector job market, and ready for top Ph.D. programs.

The master’s program is designed to combine theoretical rigor in core areas of economics with exceptional flexibility in course requirements to encourage students to explore their academic interests. In addition to master’s-level economics courses, students frequently enroll in many doctoral level courses in economics and in courses from other departments. The curriculum is intended to be completed in three or four semesters during the academic year, and successful completion is based upon evaluation of the student’s portfolio of work.

Most graduate classes are sufficiently small so that each student gets individual faculty attention. The Duke Libraries holdings are extensive, and economics graduate students have access to many digital and computing resources. Students have many opportunities for interaction with related disciplines, including environmental economics in conjunction with the Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences, finance and regulation through the Fuqua School of Business, law and economics through the School of Law, public policy through the Sanford Institute of Public Policy, and statistics through the Statistical Sciences.


Application Information

Application Terms Available: Fall

Application Deadlines: January 16

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)
In addition to Graduate School requirements, the Department of Economics REQUIRES that Master's applicants complete a supplemental questionnaire. The questionnaire is located in the Departmental Requirements section of the application. You can download a preview of this questionnaire from the Economics Department's website.

Writing Sample
Writing sample recommended (not required) for Ph.D. and M.A. applicants.

Additional Components
A recorded video response is required. The video recording platform is available within the online application.

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