M.S. Frequently Asked Questions

What is the application deadline for prospective students?

The priority admissions deadline for the MS program beginning in August 2020 will be February 1, 2020. All application received after this date will be considered on a rolling admissions basis through June 15, 2020.

Important: With increased processing and paperwork times, prospective international students need to apply early enough to allow sufficient time to allow processing of the I-20 forms by Georgia Institute of Technology, and subsequent visa processing in the home country, takes a fair amount of time.  In order to ensure that the all documents are processed in time, we highly recommend that international students complete the application process no later than the March prior to the August start date. Students who apply earlier will receive decisions sooner---though there is not a different or separate application date for international students.

Is the M.S. in Economics a full-time program?

In order to complete the program in one year, students must be a full-time student enrolled in twelve credit hours in both the fall and the spring semesters and six credit hours in the summer semester.  However, students who wish to take the program as a part-time student may do so. Students who wish to seek this route may extend their coursework for more than one year as it works around their work schedule.  It is important to note that the core Economics courses will only be offered in the Fall and the Spring semester, though the electives have more flexibility.  Please contact Dr. Danny Hughes or Dr. Tibor Besedes for more information. 

Is the M.S. in Economics a STEM program?

We are working on this issue and hope to have an update soon. Currently our CIPS code allows one year of OPT for international students, but please check back frequently as we may have a different answer soon.

Do I have to take certain courses at a specific time?

The only major inflexibility in the program is that we highly recommend that students take ECON 6140: Probability and Statistical Methods in the fall prior to ECON 6161: Econometric Modeling in the spring as the latter is a more advanced course.  However, if a student already has an adequate background in statistical methods, he or she may be allowed to take ECON 6161 first; permission for this is required and will be made in consultation with the Director of Graduate Programs. Students can take the Microeconomics and Macroeconomics courses in any sequence they prefer.

Can I transfer in credits from previous coursework?

We offer some options to potentially transfer coursework credits a student has already earned. If prior coursework is approved by the School of Economics, the additional credits needed to receive the M.S. will be reduced.

  1. Georgia Tech undergraduates majors may be able to transfer permitted ECON 4xxx (crosslisted ECON 6xxx) credits toward the M.S. degree. The maximum allowable transfer is two relevant courses, or six credit hours.  Students who transfer two advanced undergraduate courses in this category may obtain the M.S. in Economics degree for an additional twenty-four hours of coursework.
  2. Students who did not receive their undergraduate degrees from Georgia Institute of Technology may transfer a maximum of two relevant graduate-level courses from another university, provided that those courses were taken in the past two years. The possible waiver of these two courses must be approved by the Director of Graduate Programs.

When are classes offered?

Classes will typically be offered during the day and are usually taught on a Monday-Wednesday-Friday or Tuesday-Thursday schedule. In some cases, a class or two may be taught in the late afternoon or evening slot depending on the specific semester, course, faculty availability, etc. Students enrolling in the program should plan on taking classes during the daytime.

Do I have to specialize in a specific field?

No, there is a high degree of flexibility that allows students to craft their own areas of specialization across Economics and non-Economics course offerings. Our program provides the opportunity to receive eighteen hours in Economics as well as twelve hours of free electives in a variety of fields.  A student interested in a pure M.S. degree with a specialization in Economics can take additional Economics courses to fulfill the elective requirement. However, most students in the past have chosen to combine Economics coursework with complementary areas to create a specific area of specialization that broadens and enhances the skill set.  To see which courses are counted as electives in the M.S. in Economics, please visit the Program Electives page.

Will I be guaranteed entrance into a non-Economics course?

Courses that students may take outside of the Economics should be determined in consultation with Dr. Danny Hughes or Dr. Tibor Besedes, Director of Doctoral Programs, along with the home department of the course the student wishes to take.  For example, if a student wishes to take a course in the School of Mathematics, they will typically have to seek permission from the faculty member offering the course and/or the graduate coordinator of the School of Mathematics.  It is important to understand that many courses are in high demand across campus and that class size and faculty availability are limited. Due to this, we cannot guarantee that a student will be able to get into one of these classes - each course will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

However, in the past, students have been able to take a wide range of courses across campus. Many of our graduates now work in industries related to finance, marketing, consulting, information technology, business data analytics, and other areas. Equally, students have been placed in high level Ph.D. programs in areas such as Economics, Finance, Marketing, Business Strategy, Management, Psychology, and Political Science, among others. All of these testify to the fact that our students have been able to enroll in the courses necessary to specialize in a variety of areas.

Can I enroll in a PhD course for use as an elective?

With permission of the course instructor in select cases, this could be allowable---but should only be done is extenuating circumstances and will not be approved without instructor permission and approval from the Director of Graduate Studies.

How should I spend the summer semester?

Under a typical three-semester plan (Fall, Spring, Summer), the MS Program allows for significant flexibility in how students plan the six hours needed to complete the program in the summer.  Some students may choose to enroll in two elective courses or choose to complete an internship and one elective course. Other students may choose to complete an internship and work with a faculty member on supervised special topics research.  Overall, there are a wide variety of options. Students should speak to Dr. Danny  for additional help in determining which option would work best for each student's personal and career goals.

What resources are available to students?

Our students have access to excellent resources. The School of Economics maintains a well-equipped computer lab dedicated to graduate students.  The Georgia Tech Library has state of the art computerized collections and databases that are accessible to all graduate students and interlibrary loans allow students to readily access resources at Emory University and all other University System of Georgia libraries. In addition, the Georgia Tech Library has a librarian dedicated to addressing research and resource needs for students in the School of Economics.

Does your program offer scholarships for MS students?

For 2019, for selected cases and based on both the program's discretion and funding availability as well as merit and strength of prior coursework preparation, the School of Economics may be able to offer U.S.-based students a limited number of partial-tuition waivers for out-of-state students. In these cases, an out-of-state student will pay in-state tuition costs. Funding permitted, we may be able to offer a small number of scholarships to highly meritorious students who have completed their application by February 15 and have been accepted to the program and are limited in nature. More outside scholarship and funding information can be found here.