Department of Economics
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742

Master of Professional Studies
Program in Applied Economics

Dr. John Straub, Program Director
Straub@econ.umd.edu

College Park location
1102 Morrill Hall
Program Coordinator:
Stephanie Bergwall
(301) 405-3557
CPmasters@econ.umd.edu

Washington, DC location
1400 16th Street, NW
Suite 140
Washington, DC 20036
Program Coordinator:
Eileen Kramer
(202) 525-4308
DCmasters@econ.umd.edu

Application Information


Before Beginning our Online Application


Important note for international applicants

International applicants who require an F-1 student visa must apply to the College Park version of our program (program code: MPEM).  The Washington, DC version of our program (MPEC) cannot sponsor international student visas, but the College Park version of our program can.  Domestic applicants and international applicants who already reside in the U.S. on existing visas that permit study (G4 visas, for example) may apply to either program. 


Application deadlines

The application deadline for domestic applicants to begin our program in September of 2017 is June 15th

The deadline for international applicants to begin our program in September of 2017 has passed (February 28th).  The application for fall 2018 enrollment will be available in August of 2017.  The application deadline will be February 28th, 2018.

In August we will also begin accepting applications from domestic applicants who wish to begin the Washington, DC version of our program in the spring of 2018.  The application deadline for spring enrollment will be December 15th.


Qualifications

1. Applicants must have earned a four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited
U.S. institution, or an equivalent degree from a non-U.S. institution.

2. Applicants must have earned a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in all prior undergraduate and graduate coursework.

3. Applicants must provide evidence (via transcript) of:
  • Introductory macroeconomics course (grade of B or higher)
  • Introductory microeconomics course (grade of B or higher)
  • Calculus (grade of B- or higher)
4. International Applicants must also meet the minimum TOEFL or IELTS requirement.

5. A non-refundable application fee of $75 is required.

Note: Our application does NOT require GRE scores or letters of recommendation.

We can often be flexible about the GPA and prerequisite course requirements.  A's and B's in intermediate economics courses trump lower grades in introductory courses, for example.  Relevant work experience can also be helpful.  Questions about admissions requirements can be directed to the program director, Dr. John Straub (Straub@econ.umd.edu).


The Application


Applicants can complete the online application via the link below.

The program code to enter in your application depends on whether you want to enroll in our 10-course master's degree program, or our 5-course graduate certificate program.  It also depends on whether you want to enroll at our downtown Washington, DC location, or on our main campus in College Park (also within the Washington, DC metro area).

Four Program Options

MPEC: 10-course master's degree in our downtown Washington, DC location
(spring and fall admissions, cannot sponsor international student visas)

MPEM: 10-course master's degree on our main campus in College Park
(fall admission only, can sponsor international student visas)

z074: 5-course graduate certificate in our downtown Washington, DC location
(spring and fall admissions, cannot sponsor international student visas)

z098: 5-course graduate certificate on our main campus in College Park
(fall admission only, cannot sponsor international student visas)


Link to the online application