Master of Arts in Applied Economics

Western 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 5:30 p.m. or later.


The requirements for the M.A. in applied economics are as follows:

  • 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.

  • Required 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.

  • Electives can be used to obtain a concentration in economic development (studies of low income countries) 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 and interdisciplinary experience in the M.A. coursework.


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 complete ECON 4030 (Intermediate Microeconomics) and ECON 4060 (Intermediate Macroeconomics) with a B or higher in each.
  • At least one course in calculus. Students who do not meet this requirement will be admitted with conditions and must complete MATH 1220 (Calculus I) with a C or higher.

Funding opportunities

  • A limited amount of assistantships and scholarships are available on a competitive basis.

Application instructions

General application information for the University, as well as specific requirements for Economics, are available in WMU's online application 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
    Note: Per WMU policy, international students are not admitted for summer II session.
  • International Applicants may be required to take the TOFEL examination. Further information can be found at here.
  • Applicants to the M.A. program are NOT required to take the GRE or GMAT examinations.

Meet our students

The Department of Economics has a diverse student body with students from all over the world.

Faculty research

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


Contact Dr. Christine Moser, director of graduate programs, for more information.