Admission Requirements

The admission decision for the MS Applied Economics Program is based on an evaluation that combines the following criteria:

  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score
  • An undergraduate degree GPA from a regionally accredited US college or university (or equivalent international institution)
  • Two letters of recommendation (in English) from individuals that can speak of your academic record

Have letters sent to:
School of Graduate Studies
Roseman Building Room 2013
Whitewater, WI 53190

Individuals with higher grade point averages and GRE quantitative scores will be given more consideration for the program.

You can enter the MS Applied Economics program even if you did not major in economics as an undergraduate.  

Applicants with a limited background in economics or statistics are advised to enroll at UW-Whitewater prior to starting the MS in Applied Economics to take these courses. Students with limited background in economics are advised to take at a minimum, Principles of Microeconomics (ECON 201) and Principles of Macroeconomics (ECON 202), or Economics Foundations (ECON 704) (or equivalent) in order to prepare for the program and gain admission. Applicants are also highly encouraged to have taken Intermediate Microeconomics (ECON 301) and Intermediate Macroeconomics (ECON 302) or equivalent; doing so will help prepare you for the rigors of our program and will be looked upon favorably in the admissions process.

Students with a limited background in statistics are advised to take at a minimum, Business Statistics I (ECON 245) or Statistics Foundations (ECON 703) (or equivalent) prior to admission. These courses are traditional in-class courses and do not count towards the credits required for the MS Applied Economics program. Applicants are also highly encouraged to have taken Econometrics (ECON 345) to help prepare for the statistical requisites of the program.

International Students
If you are a student from a country where English is not the native language, you will also need to supply results for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).  A TOEFL score of 550 paper, 213 computer, or 79 internet-based, or an IELTS score of 6.0 is required for admission.

International students will want to learn more about our Center for Global Education.

Exceptions to the admission requirements may be made on a case-by-case basis.
Due to competitive enrollments, admission may be limited despite fulfillment of the entrance requirements shown here.

You can apply online today.