Master's in Economics
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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:
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.
Q1: How can I apply for the M.A. in Economics Program?
Submit transcripts, two letters of recommendation, and a 2-page Statement of Purpose. More details on course offerings and degree requirements can be found at the Economics MA Bulletin, department page, and CCNY Graduate Admissions page.
Q2: When are the deadlines for admissions applications?
Spring: November 20th
Fall: May (TBD) 2021
Fall Extended: June (TBD) 2021
Q3: How fast can I complete the degree?
If you take three courses each semester, you can complete the M.A. degree in four semesters (less than two calendar years).
Q4: How slow can I complete the degree?
You can complete the degree on a part-time basis with one or two courses per semester.
Q5: Is financial aid available?
Yes. A variety of subsidized loans and graduate assistantships are available. Please see the Financial Aid page, many students work as teaching assistants. Please click here to learn more about the Colin Powell School Graduate Fellowship.
Q6: Do you require submission of test scores?
Generally, NO. For international students, all applicants from countries in which the official language is not English are required to submit official TOEFL or IELTS scores [500 (pBt), 61 (iBt)].
Q7: Do you offer job placement services?
CCNY has an active Professional Development Institute that organizes career fairs, supports professional development like Resume and cover letter writing, and generally acts as a clearing house for employers and potential employees. We also have a network of CCNY M.A. Economics alumni in NYC and around the world, and a strong Economics and Business Alumni association who can provide advice and help find opportunities.
Q8: Where do alumni of the M.A. in Economics program find employment?
Alumni from the program have gone on to work at various government agencies and in the private sector. Some have pursued doctoral studies in economics. Please check the departmental alumni and MA Alumni Stories pages.
Q9: Do you have an internship program?
The M.A. in Economics program does not offer an in-house internship program, but the Career and Professional Development Institute keeps an active list of employers who seek interns during the summer, as well as the fall and spring semesters. Employers regularly contact CCNY with open positions.
Q10: Sounds good. But there are several other M.A. in Economics programs. What competitive advantages do you offer?
While quantifying all those advantages comprehensively is a difficult task, there are some unique advantages to getting your M.A. in Economics at the CCNY Department of Economics and Business:
- 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.
- The program is also significantly less expensive than other comparable programs in NYC, particularly if you qualify for in-state tuition.
- 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.
- In the same vein, the college hosts the Zahn Innovation Center, to boost your next big idea.
- 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).
- (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.
Q11: Can someone who does not have a Bachelors in Economics apply to the M.A. in Economics program?
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.
Q12: Is there a GPA requirement?
No, we look at the whole student.
Q13: What math preparation is necessary for the master's program?
Applicants are expected to have taken at least one semester of calculus and one semester of statistics.
Q14: What are the terms of conditional admission?
During the first semester you would need to take any undergraduate courses that are either missing from your required preparation, or else that you took but did not meet our grade requirements. (This could be from one to three courses, depending on your individual background). Meanwhile, you would also take an elective graduate course. You must earn a grade of B+ or higher in those courses to continue in the program. This is a grade level required of all admitted students with respect to undergraduate economics requirements.
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.
Q15: Is it difficult to succeed at a conditionally admitted student?
Our data show that approximately 95% of our conditionally admitted students succeed in meeting the requirements and continue studying in our program.
Q16: Can I take other classes outside the department?
Yes! We encourage interdisciplinary study. Students may include electives in the degree programs for Public Service Management, International Relations, Sustainability in the Urban Environment, Data Science, Mathematics, and others.
Q17: Can I finish this program if I work full-time?
Absolutely YES. The majority of our students work full-time and all classes are held in the evening.
Q18: Are there online* courses?
Not yet, but there are some hybrid courses, where some of the teaching and learning takes place online.
*Due to Covid-19 pandemic all fall classes are happening remotely. Please come back for information about our spring classes, or contact the program's director at firstname.lastname@example.org
Q19: What Economics Courses Are Offered in the Summer?
Summer courses depend on student interest and vary from year to year.
Q20: What is your transfer credit policy?
We decide this on a case-by-case basis.
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)].
- The complete application form
- Application Fee
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
- TOEFL/IELTS tests and scores
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:
WILLE ADMINISTRATION BUILDING, ROOM 101
160 CONVENT AVENUE
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.