Master of Arts in Applied Economics

WMU economics master's studentsWestern Michigan University's Master of Arts in applied economics provides students with a strong foundation in economic analysis combined with the ability to apply theory to contemporary problems. Graduates of the program are employed in industry, government and academia. Graduates sometimes continue their formal training in economics, pursuing a Ph.D. at WMU or another university.

Ten courses make up the M.A. Seven of these courses are required; three are electives. In order to allow students to work during the day, all M.A. courses offered by the Department of Economics begin at 5:30pm or later.  Electives can be used to obtain a concentration in economic development or econometrics/statistics (see below for course details). The concentration:

  • Will be formally listed on your transcript upon graduation.
  • Includes courses in the departments of economics, statistics and political science, allowing you an interdisciplinary experience in the M.A. coursework.



  • The satisfactory completion of either 30 hours of courses, or 24 hours of courses plus a master's thesis (six hours). At least an overall B average in the economics courses that are taken in an advisor-approved program of study is required.

  • Core courses:
    • ECON 5040: Mathematics for Economists 
    • ECON 6030: Advanced Price Theory 
    • ECON 6070: Uncertainty and Health
    • ECON 6190: Introduction to Econometrics 
    • ECON 6290:  Research Methods
    • ECON 6220: Economic Statistics 
    • ECON 6620: National Income Analysis 
  • If the non-thesis option is selected, students may elect to take a concentration in economic development or econometrics/statistics. A non-thesis student who does not elect a concentration, will take three elective courses approved by the director of graduate programs in the Department of Economics.


Applications must satisfactorily complete:

  • A minimum of 12 undergraduate credit hours in economics or in equivalents approved by the graduate advisor.
  • Intermediate level courses on microeconomics and macroeconomics. Applicants who do not meet this requirement will be admitted with conditions and be required to satisfactorily complete ECON 4030: Intermediate Microeconomics and ECON 4060: Intermediate Macroeconomics.
  • At least one course in calculus. Students who do not meet this requirement will be admitted with conditions and must satisfactorily complete MATH 1220: Calculus I.

Application instructions

WMU has an online graduate application system that allows all students (domestic and international) to submit required information into one system. General application information for the University, as well as specific requirements for individual programs, are captured in this system. 

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Applicants are asked to include some program-specific information, with a summary for these requirements found below:

Applicants are encouraged to bookmark this information for quick reference while working through the graduate application process. 

Thank you for your interest in applying for this graduate program.

Application deadlines

  • Fall admission: August 1
  • Spring admission: November 15
  • Summer I admission: April 1
  • Summer II admission: May 1

Meet our students

The Department of Economics has a diverse student body with students from all over the world. Get to know our hard-working and dedicated master's students.


Our faculty are involved in a variety of research areas and regularly publish books and articles.


Contact Dr. Mark Wheeler, director of graduate programs, for more information.