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Masters Admission Requirements

Admission to the Masters Economics Program will only be available for the Fall semester.

Apply online for the Masters of Arts (MA) or the Masters of Science in Econometrics and Quantitative Economics (MS EQE).

Admission Decisions Timeframe

  • Our department reviews Masters applications on a rolling admission basis beginning in the January of each academic year. You may begin applying the previous October. Admission decisions are made until we reach our Fall capacity. Approximately 30-40 students begin the Masters Program each Fall.
  • The Masters Admissions Committee meets every 1-2 weeks during the Fall and Spring semesters to make admission decisions. Upon completing your application, the Assistant Director will give you a time frame of when you could expect to receive an admissions decision.
  • You must submit a completed file to have your application reviewed. We do not make admission decisions without formal application materials.
  • International Students are especially encouraged to apply early to allow time for the Student Visa process. This process can take anywhere from 1 to 4 months depending on the country you’re coming from. Therefore, you should get your application materials in as soon as possible, even if it is a few months in advance.
    • Processing an I-20 takes a lot of time and if you wish to begin classes, you should give plenty of time to submit your application materials. If you want to insure you I-20 will be processed, please submit all application materials as soon as you can.

U.S. Bachelors Degree or equivalent

  • You must have a bachelors degree from an accredited college or university, or the equivalent of a U.S. bachelors degree. You must have attained a B.A. or B.S. degree prior to beginning the Master’s program. You should have strong analytical skills, a good background in economics and mathematics, and a serious commitment to research and/or advanced analysis.
  • We prefer Economics majors who have a strong undergraduate record with a strong quantitative background. Exceptions can be made for those who have strong quantitative skills but have minimal exposure to economics. For example, we occasionally admit applicants who have majored in Math, Physics, Engineering, and others, but with some exposure to Economics. At a minimum, applicants should be familiar with the undergraduate course content of intermediate macro-and microeconomic theory and with statistics.


  • A one-year course in calculus is recommended. For the MS degree, we recommend familiarity to include multi-variate calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability theory, and real analysis.

General Graduate Record Exam [GRE]

  • We require all applicants to take the general GRE for admission consideration. In particular, we set an exam date limit of two years from the time an applicant wants to begin the program. For example, if you are applying for Fall 2014 admission, the GRE can be no older than June 2012. There are no exceptions or waivers.
  • On test day, make arrangements to submit official scores to the University at BuffaloUniversity at Buffalo Code: 2925; Economics Dept Code: 1801

International Students ONLY

In addition to meeting the standard academic criteria for the program to which you are applying, as an international student, you must also demonstrate English proficiency. We accept the following exams:

IELTS 6.5 (no sub-score below 6.0)
PTE Academic 55 (no subsection score below 50)
Cambridge English
Proficiency (CPE)
Old Scale: 60; New Scale: 185
Cambridge English
Advanced (CAE)
Old Scale: 65; New Scale: 185
  • Exams must be within 2 years of application date. Exceptions or waivers are determined by the Graduate School, but you may petition for a waiver based on previous scores.
  • On test day, make arrangements to submit official scores to the University at BuffaloUniversity at Buffalo Code: 2925; Economics Dept Code: 84

Other Questions
If you are accepted into the program, UB also requires these documents for Immigration requirements.

Please contact the Assistant Director for assistance with the application process.