An undergraduate degree in Economics is not required for admission to the M.A. program, but a strong background in undergraduate economics is highly recommended (principles of economics, intermediate microeconomics, and intermediate macroeconomics). Substantial training in college-level calculus and statistics is also recommended (multivariate calculus, linear algebra, and statistics).
Our M.A. program emphasizes a technical and rigorous approach to the study of economic theory. As such, applicants will be evaluated on the quality and breadth of their undergraduate preparation for the study of economics at the graduate level.
Applications for admission to the M.A. program are considered for the Fall term only.
A complete list of application requirements is available at the Graduate School of Arts and Science Admissions page.
A Skype interview may be required of applicants before a final offer of admission.
Note: All applications are processed by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Columbia University. Please do not send any application materials directly to the Department of Economics.