International Graduate Application Process

1.
The Economics Department has three different programs, each of which is tailored to fit the needs and backgrounds of different groups of students: M.A. in Economics (the traditional program with three alternative concentrations: General, International Economics and Development, and Health Economics), M.A. in Applied Economics (has more quantitative courses in order to prepare students for graduate school at the Ph.D. level or for research for private firms or the government), and M.A. in Trade and Development (a program for students pursuing a non-technical career in business or government service in a developing/trading economy).

2. There are two major types of financial aid: 1) Graduate Assistantship, 2) Graduate Fellowship. The Department of Economics has the equivalent of 5 full-time graduate assistantships available to give to qualified students. Students can be awarded either a full-time, three-quarter time, or part-t time assistantship. Full-time graduate assistants work 20 hours per week, earn $3,420 to $4896 per semester, and receive tuition for 9 credit hours of classes per semester; three-quarter time graduate assistants work 15 hours per week, earn $2,565 to $4,014 per semester, and receive tuition for 7 credit hours of classes per semester; half-time graduate assistants work 10 hours per week, earn $1,710 to $2900 per week, and receive tuition for 5 credit hours. The Graduate Fellowship is awarded to students on the basis of past academic performance. The Graduate Fellowship award is in the form of a $4,000 stipend for the academic year, paid twice each semester, which can be used for tuition, fees, books and supplies, living expenses, etc. The number of students who apply for the Graduate Fellowship is quite large, and therefore the application process is very competitive. You should have an undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.6 out of 4.0.

3. An applicant is NOT required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or GMAT. An applicant is required to have a grade point average at the undergraduate level of at least 2.5 (A=4.0)

4. An applicant is required to submit an application form (including $35 application fee), original or true attested copy, of grade transcripts, mark sheets, etc. from post-secondary schools, and an official or true attested copy of your Diploma. A true attested copy is an official, sealed, academic record sent directly from an institution of study bearing the official stamp/seal of the institution on both the record and the envelope. We no longer accept notarized copies.

5. An applicant is required to have two letters of recommendation.

6. Information about EMU’s programs (undergraduate and graduate), courses, campus life, etc. is available on the Internet. The address of EMU’s home page is http://www.emich.edu. Information about the programs, courses, faculty, and graduate assistantship positions of the Economics Department is included in the above. Simply look for the information that pertains to the Economics Department.

7. Official Deadlines for Submitting an Application:
Fall Semester (September) May 15

Winter Semester (January) November 3
Spring Semester (May) March 17
Summer Semester (June) April 15

8. For the 2006-2007 academic year tuition rates, please click on the link below:
Tuition Rates

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