Applicants to the Master of Arts in Applied Economics program must have completed principles of macro- and microeconomics, plus one course in statistics and one in calculus. Additionally students must have completed (or complete within one year of admission) intermediate level macro- and microeconomics. A minimum grade of C+ (equal to 2.30 grade points) is required for the two intermediate-level classes as well as statistics and calculus.

Admission Criteria

Admission is based primarily on the applicant's grade point average (GPA) and background in ecnomics. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required. 

  • Academic four-year undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Admission to full standing requires a GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale for the last 60 hours of course work and for all courses in economics.
  • Applicants must have completed principles of macro-and microeconomics, plus one course in statistics and one in calculus. Additionally students must have completed (or complete within one year of admission) intermediate level macro- and microeconomics. A minimum grade of C+ (equal to 2.3 grade points) is required for the two intermediate-level classes as well as statistics and calculus. Course deficiencies can be made up during the first year.
  • Non-Native speakers of English must have received a minimum 550 on the paper-based or 213 on the computer-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL); or they have attended another U.S university as a full-time student enrolled in academic courses for a minimum of one year; or have earned a bachelor's degree (or higher) from a U.S. university within two years of their proposed semester of admission.

Financial Aid

The Department of Economics offers a limited number of graduate assistantships on a competitive basis. The assistantships provide a stipend and, for non-Kansas residents, a waiver of non-resident tuition fees.

All applicants requesting aid will be considered: there is no formal application form. Decisions on financial aid for an upcoming academic year are made in late April of the preceding year.

Admission Process

For information concerning the graduate admission process and to apply online, visit the Graduate School's website.

For specific economics graduate information, email Economics Graduate Coordinator at philip.hersch@wichita.edu or phone 316-978-7096.

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