Master in Applied Economics

The demand for workers with a background in economics is growing with the increasing complexity of doing business in a global economy. Employers, particularly in business and government, are seeking professionals with strong data analysis skills to aid in providing them with the information they need to make important business decisions.  Our program was ranked 6th among MA Applied Economics programs in the United States by The Financial Engineer in 2015.  

The University of Houston Department of Economics has designed a 12-month master’s degree program in Applied Economics to allow you to obtain these valuable skills.  

Benefits of the program

With an increased reliance on quantitative methods for analyzing business trends and policy issues, the applied economics program at the University of Houston will help you gain valuable job skills that are important to employers in many industry and government positions. Students will develop the following in-demand skills:

  • Data management and statistical analysis
  • Trend monitoring and forecasting
  • Critical thinking/problem-solving
  • An understanding of how macroeconomic policy changes can be used to make better business management decisions
  • Regression analysis

And, earn a complete master’s degree in one year!


The Department of Economics at the University of Houston is made up of an innovative group of scholars who are dedicated to producing top-flight research while training our students in the latest techniques in economic analysis.
See a our faculty page for more information.

Program Details

The masters in Applied Economics is a full-time,12-month degree with the courses you need to be competitive in the Houston job market and beyond.    The 30 semester credit hour (SCH) program begins each fall  (12 SCH regular semester) and runs through spring (12 SCH regular semester) with one final 6 SCH class or internship the following summer. Classes are primarily held during the day on Monday, Wednesday and Friday in the fall and spring.  If admitted, each student must begin their coursework in the fall semester (the program does not accept spring or summer applications).

Courses for the 30 hour program include topics such as:

  • Microeconomic Analysis
  • Macroeconomic Analysis
  • Economic Forecasting
  • Energy Economics
  • Health Economics


Admission to the program is competitive. To be considered for admission, each applicant should meet the following pre-requisites:

  • Awarded a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
  • Maintained at least a 3.0 GPA in the most recent 60 semester hours of undergraduate course work attempted and have
  • completed the following pre-requisite courses (or equivalents):
  • Intermediate Microeconomics (UH ECON 3332)
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics (UH ECON 3334)
  • Introduction to Econometrics (a regression analysis course) (UH ECON 3370, formerly ECON 4365)
  • Calculus I or Calculus for Business and Social Science (UH MATH 1431 or ECON 1314)
  • Taken the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with a preferred total score of 1000 (Verbal & Quantitative combined)
    • There is no formal minimum requirement to be considered for admission. However, successful applicants have typically scored at least 610 (old system) or 148 (new system) on the quantitative section of the exam.

All above pre-requisite courses in Economics will be offered in the spring semester, with some being offered in the first summer term each year. See the Math department schedule for calculus course availability.

The department only accepts applications for the MA in Applied Economics for the Fall semester. The department does not admit new students in the spring or summer sessions. The department will begin reviewing completed application packages on February 1 with a final application deadline of May 1. Admission decisions will be made on a rolling basis, so getting your application materials in early benefits you! Applications which are received after February 1 through May 1 will continue to be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please be aware that space is limited. Submitting your application materials early will increase your chances of acceptance. No applications are accepted after May 1.

See the Admissions page for more information.