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Why UT Austin?

The MA program offered by the Department of Economics is STEM-designated and offers a rigorous curriculum with quantitative training in economics. We have a strong track record of preparing and placing students in highly-ranked PhD programs, as well as in careers that require advanced tools in economic analysis, econometrics, and data science. Students receive one-on-one mentoring and advising to help them achieve their academic and professional goals. That’s why our program is now one of the top ranked terminal Economics master’s degree programs in the U.S., at one of the top ranked universities internationally. And there is no better no better city than Austin to live in while pursuing graduate studies.

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M.A. Program Highlights

Accelerated Degree

You can complete the MA Economics degree in as little as 10 months (July through May), while developing skills in economic analysis and data science.

Flexible Program Tracks

World Class Faculty

You will have the opportunity to study with the Department’s world-class faculty. We limit our cohort size to keep classes small and to facilitate interactions outside the classroom.

Distinguished Faculty

OPT Extension

The program’s STEM designation means that international students may receive a 24-month extension of Optional Practical Training (OPT) for employment within the U.S.

Placement Information

The MA program is suitable for students with
any of the following goals:

Qualifying for jobs in the private or government sector that require greater expertise in economic, analytical, and statistical tools than provided by an undergraduate degree;

Obtaining the background in economics and mathematics required to gain admission to a high-quality economics PhD program;

Studying economics as a complementary field to another area of expertise (law, political science, public health, statistics, energy, marketing, sociology, finance, etc.).

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Important Dates


September 2023


February 1, 2024
for international applicants

March 1, 2024
for domestic applicants

We will accept late applications if space remains in the cohort.


July 15, 2024

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News & Events

Ten-Year Reunion Celebration

On Sept. 29-30, 2023, the Department of Economics welcomed MA Econ alumni back to campus to celebrate the program’s 10-year anniversary.

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Program Information Sessions

The MA Economics program will host two virtual prospective student information sessions in the 23-24 academic year: The MA Economics Program Director and MA program staff will provide a program overview. There will also be time for Q&A with current students.

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2023-2024 MA Economics Class Profile

Our eleventh cohort of students started their coursework in July 2023. The 2023-2024 class is comprised of 25% domestic students and 75% international students. Around 38% intend to pursue PhDs after graduation, while other students intend to pursue non-academic careers or are undecided.

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The program allowed me to expand on both my theoretical knowledge about economics, statistics, mathematics, and also helped me become adept at applied research tools like Stata, R etc. The program helped me push my boundaries and strive to do my very best in every course. I’m now a well rounded professional and I give all thanks to the supportive faculty.

Aishwarya Agarwal, Class of 2018

For someone coming from a non-economics background, the MA program gives you a good exposure to all major areas of economics, which is great to figure out your probable areas of interest for a PhD program. The small cohort size facilitates frequent interactions with the faculty which is a definite plus.

Swapnil Motghare, Class of 2014

I was admitted to another top-ranked Economics master’s program as well, but their program just didn’t offer the personal attention, sense of community, exploration opportunities (research seminars, etc.), and warm climate that UT’s M.A. Economics program offers.

Isaac Hulsey, Class of 2020