Program Category: MA Programs
Chair: Bernard Salanie
Director of Graduate Studies: Jon Steinsson
Degree Programs: Full-Time: Free-Standing MA
Director of MA Program: G. Steven Olley
The free-standing MA program in Economics is intended for students who wish to improve their knowledge of economic theory and its applications, but who plan to pursue only the MA degree. The free-standing MA program may also be of interest to students seeking further training in economics before deciding whether to pursue a PhD in economics. Students interested in earning a PhD are advised to apply to the PhD program directly.
The MA program has been designed to provide a technical and rigorous approach to the study of economic theory. At the same time, the program offers students the flexibility to take field electives in order to tailor their programs of study to their academic and professional goals. We welcome applications from all students who would like to pursue a free-standing MA degree in Economics at Columbia University. Admission to the MA program is limited to highly-qualified applicants, and study must be undertaken on a full-time basis.
The MA program in Economics requires successful completion of seven core classes and three elective classes. Students satisfy the course requirements for the MA degree in three semesters (four required classes in the fall, three required classes and one elective in the spring, and two electives in the fall of a second year). In addition, each student will be required to write a research paper in connection with one of her/his three elective classes. The research paper will have to demonstrate mastery of the field, along with the ability to think originally and to convey results clearly in writing.
Special Admissions Requirements:
An undergraduate degree in economics is not required for admission to the MA program, but a strong background in undergraduate economics is highly recommended (principles of economics, intermediate microeconomics, and intermediate macroeconomics). Substantial training in college-level calculus and statistics is also recommended (multivariate calculus, linear algebra, and statistics). Applicants will be evaluated on the quality and breadth of their undergraduate preparation for the study of economics at the graduate level.
In addition to the requirements listed below, all students must submit one transcript showing courses and grades per school attended, a statement of academic purpose and three letters of recommendation from academic sources.
All international students whose native language is not English or whose undergraduate degree is from an institution in a country whose official language is not English must submit scores of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or IELTS.
|Deadline for Fall Admission:||Friday, February 23, 2018|
|Degree Programs:||Full Time|
|Letters of Recommendation:||3|