Economics (MA)


Economics, MA

On Campus 36 cr

At Nebraska, economists begin with solid technical training in economic theory and quantitative methods and progress to applications of those tools in selected fields.


The Master of Arts degree in Economics is designed to prepare students for a Ph.D. program either at Nebraska or at other institutions. MA students are expected to take the Ph.D. level core theory sequence. If MA students are subsequently admitted to the Ph.D. program at UNL, coursework and examinations taken in the MA program transfer directly to the Ph.D. Students interested in a terminal degree focusing on applied economics are encouraged to consider the MA program offered through Agricultural Economics.

Applying for Admission

Standard requirements for all graduate programs

  • Application for Admission with $50 non-refundable application fee.
  • Transcripts (unofficial): Uploaded as part of application form.

    If International: Uploads must include all college- or university-level transcripts or mark sheets (records of courses and marks earned), with certificates, diplomas, and degrees plus certified English translations.

    After admission: Official documents are required from all students who are admitted and enroll. Photocopies of certified records are not acceptable. International students enrolled in other U.S. institutions may have certified copies of all foreign records sent directly to the Office of Graduate Studies by their current school’s registrar office.

  • If applicant’s native language is not English, verification of English proficiency is required.
  • If applicant is not a US citizen and expects an F or J visa: financial information.
  • Applicants must also fulfill any additional requirements the department specifies at the time of application.

Additional requirements specific to this program

  • GRE
  • Minimum English proficiency: Internet TOEFL 80, IELTS 6.5
  • Three recommendation letters
  • Personal Statement:  Your statement should give your reasons and goals behind attending graduate school. You may also highlight your strengths and explain any apparent weaknesses in your application.
  • Writing Sample (optional):  This sample should demonstrate your scholarly writing ability, for example via a term paper, thesis, or published article.

NOTE: When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, our institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.

Admission Application Deadlines

March 1 for Fall. October 31 for Spring.



Graduate Chair

Edward Balistreri

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