Master's in Economics

Prospective Students, please check CCNY's COVID RESOURCES.

Spring 2021 - November 20, 2020.


About the Program

The MA program in Economics prepares students with the theoretical and analytical methods that can be applied to business and management positions, finance, public policy and international institutions. The program integrates economic theory, quantitative methods, and practical applications and it offers these specializations:

  • Finance

  • Business Management

  • Public Economics

Our faculty are internationally recognized for their excellence in teaching and conducting path-breaking research working in areas such as finance, entrepreneurship, leadership, international economics and trade, econometrics, environmental studies and social networks. Some of our outstanding students have been admitted to Ph.D programs at top-ranking universities. Our graduates have gone on to jobs with excellent companies around the world.

The program provides tutoring, career services, teaching and research assistant positions within the department. In addition, the program offers scholarship awards for outstanding students.


Program Director Dr. Prabal K. De

Dr. De is an Associate Professor of Economics at City College and a member of the Doctoral Faculty at the CUNY Graduate Center. He is also a faculty associate at the CUNY Institute of Demographic Research and an Adjunct Scholar at the Development Research Institute of New York University. He earned his Ph.D. in Economics from New York University, where he was a MacCracken Scholar. Prior to joining CUNY in 2008, he served as a short-term consultant with the World Bank’s Development Prospects Group.

Professor De’s research lies at the intersection of health, development, and applied microeconomics. His work has been published in a variety of international journals in the fields of migration, health, business, and economics. His current projects include studying health disparities among minority and immigrant groups in the United States, examining links between education and health behavior in India and estimating impacts of discrimination on health outcomes and behaviors. Professor De's research has been funded by the National Cancer Institute and PSC-CUNY Welfare Fund among other foundations.

Please visit his personal page for more details.


  1. Being in NYC, you’ll have almost unbounded opportunities. You can hop on a subway to meet an alum working on Wall Street or in the NYC Department of Finance for a quick coffee, which may lead to another subway ride to an internship interview.
  2. The program is also significantly less expensive than other comparable programs in NYC, particularly if you qualify for in-state tuition.
  3. The department has both Economics and Business faculty, and so presents an array of business course offerings. For example, you can take a course in Entrepreneurship – a rarity in traditional Economics M.A. programs.
  4. In the same vein, the college hosts the Zahn Innovation Center, to boost your next big idea.
  5. You will have an opportunity to take related courses in another department at CCNY, such as in Public Administration or Computer Science (with M.A. advisor’s approval).
  6. (vi) CCNY is part of CUNY, an extended network of colleges all within NYC. You will have opportunities to access an extended array of courses, taking up to three classes at other colleges within the CUNY system, such as Baruch College or Hunter College.

Yes. Such students may be admitted conditionally if they do not have certain standard Economics courses as part of their background (see #14 below). We look at the overall profile of the student to ascertain if they can succeed in the program. One key indicator is quantitative proficiency, such as whether a student has taken courses in calculus.

No, we look at the whole student.

Due to USCIS rules, currently international students with conditional admission need to complete their pre-requisite courses successfully before starting at CCNY, as SEVP regulation prohibits the issuance of a Form I-20 based on conditional admission.  ​


Our FAQ does not replace or supersede the rules set out in the College Bulletin. Please contact the program's director at  pde@ccny.cuny.edu  if you have more questions.


International Students


Whether you are obtaining or maintaining a non-immigrant international student status, please visit the two links below for the latest information on deadlines, requirements, and specific issues.

CUNY: Student Guide & Tutorial
CCNY: International Students Overview

Applicants from countries in which the official language is not English are required to submit official TOEFL or IELTS scores [500 (pBt), 61 (iBt)].

Apply Now

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Step 1

  • The complete application form
  • Application Fee

Step 2
Mail all supporting documents

  • 2-page Statement of Purpose
  • ​​​​​Two letters of recommendation (at least one letter should be academic)
  • Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
  • Resume/CV
  • TOEFL/IELTS tests and scores
  • GRE score 

Where do I send application’s supporting documents?
All application materials should be submitted online via the Apply Yourself website. Nothing should be mailed to the program director or to the department directly. All supporting documents such as official transcripts, application fee, and any other supporting materials should be mailed to the Office of Admissions at:

NEW YORK, NY 10031

For more information on how to apply, please visit the CCNY’s Graduate Admissions official website or read the FAQ section above for further inquiries. 



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Spr 21

November 20th, 2020

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May (TBD) 2021



Fall 21

June (TBD) 2021