FAQ

Admissions

Can I apply without an undergraduate degree in Economics?
Yes. Applicants are expected to have strong quantitative skills and some exposure to undergraduate economics courses. Students with degrees in a wide variety of fields (Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering, etc.) can succeed in the M.A. program.

Can you tell me whether I’m likely to be admitted before I apply?
No. We can only evaluate complete applications. Please do not email us your GPA and GRE scores and ask if you’re likely to be admitted.

If I have been denied admission to the PhD program, can I apply to the M.A. program?
Yes. You will not be required to pay another application fee, but you will need to submit another application through GIAC. After you have officially been denied admission to the PhD program, contact Graduate Program Administrator Kristen Hotopp for application instructions.

Curriculum

Does the M.A. Economics program qualify as a STEM Designated Degree? 
Yes! As of July 2018, the M.A. curriculum is classified as a STEM designated degree program. Under the STEM OPT Extension, international M.A. Economics program graduates are eligible for an additional 2 years of STEM OPT (Optional Practical Training) beyond the standard 1-year OPT authorization already available. Detailed information about the 3-year STEM OPT designation, and STEM OPT eligibility requirements, is available on UT Austin’s International Student and Scholar Services website.

Does the M.A. degree require a thesis or special report?
No. The degree only requires completion of 30 credit hours of approved M.A. coursework.

Can M.A. students take other courses at UT-Austin?
No. This specially designed master’s program only allows students to take courses in the M.A. curriculum.

Will the M.A. program prepare me for PhD study?
Yes. The program is designed to be a pathway to PhD study for those students wishing to continue their graduate studies. Moreover, you will have grades in six M.A. courses prior to most PhD application deadlines (for the following year).

Can MA students transfer directly into the PhD program at UT-Austin?
No. An M.A. student must submit a separate application for admission to the PhD program. Outstanding students will be encouraged to do so.

Tuition and financial aid

Are M.A. students eligible for financial aid?
No. Students are not eligible for University financial aid but may be eligible for student loans. Click the “Tuition” link for additional information.

Can I receive a TA or RA position with admission?
No. Assistantship (TA or RA) positions are not available for M.A. students.