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Admission to our STEM designated Master’s Programs is highly selective. However, in keeping with our international character, we recognize that students from different backgrounds demonstrate high potential in a variety of ways. A quantitative score above the eightieth percentile on the Graduate Record Exam is a good indicator of ability at the MA level; this indicator is neither necessary nor sufficient for admission, however, as the candidate’s full dossier is taken into account.

Students applying for entry into the master’s programs should have—or be expecting—a bachelor’s degree in economics, economics and mathematics, or a closely related discipline (from an institution recognized by the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences). They are normally expected to have passed some advanced undergraduate preparation in economics that includes one year of intermediate macro- and microeconomic analysis and courses in statistics, calculus, and linear algebra.

Any well-qualified individual with a baccalaureate degree from a recognized college or university (or with equivalent education) may apply for admission to graduate economics programs. Our master’s programs are open for both fall and spring admissions.

Applying to the MA/MBA program? Please visit the program page for specific requirements.

GRE Requirement

Applicants must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test at least one month before the application deadline. The GRE Subject Tests are not required. The GRE is a major component in the admission decision. We do not accept the GMAT for the MA, MAEP, or MAGDE programs.

GRE scores are valid for two years. Thus, for Fall 2022 applicants, GRE scores taken in 2021 and 2020 are valid. The ETS Institution Code for the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences is 3087. You do not need to specify a Department Code when requesting test scores be sent to the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.

Language Requirement

Proof of English proficiency is required of all international applicants by submitting official results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) by the application deadline. This requirement is waived only if you have received, or expect to receive, an undergraduate or graduate degree from a college or university in any of the following countries prior to enrollment at Boston University: the United States of America, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, or Ireland. This waiver does not include undergraduate or graduate degrees earned from an institution in a country listed above while enrolled in a “dual degree” program with an institution in another country. Studying in the medium of English in a country other than the ones previously listed, or studying as an exchange student in an English-speaking country without completing a degree program, is not sufficient to waive the English proficiency requirement. For more information on TOEFL and IELTS requirements, please visit the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences website.

Applicants are urged to take the test at the earliest possible date, and at least one month before the application deadline; international applicants should sit for the TOEFL at least two months before the application date so that it arrives before the application deadline date. Retaking the exam after further language training is acceptable, and later results will be substituted for earlier ones in the admissions dossier. TOEFL scores over two years old will not be accepted.


For the MA/MBA, please see specific requirements on the program page.

For the MA, MAEP, and MAGDE, please note that we will not review or evaluate incomplete applications, and we will not review or evaluate applications for candidates who did not pay the application fee. Applications must include all components. No component will be waived for any applicant. Such applications will be withdrawn and no admission decision will be made. We do not do pre-evaluations by email. Additionally, we do not accept late applications. There are no exceptions to these policies.

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Materials to Submit

Please do not send any materials directly to the Economics Department.

All application inquiries should be directed to the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences at or 617-353-2696. A complete GRS Application Checklist can be found here.


Expenses & Financial Aid

Questions? Visit our Master’s Admissions FAQs or visit Request More Information.