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Graduate Programs

The Department of Economics at Eastern Michigan University has about 50-75 graduate students who come from a variety of countries and regions of the world: China, Egypt, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Middle East, Taiwan, Thailand, and the U.S. Class sizes are relatively small (15 - 20 students). Given the diversity of our students and faculty; students are exposed to a great variety of economic conditions, problems, and government policies.

The department offers several graduate programs: (a) Master of Arts in Economics(ECNA), (b) Master of Arts in Applied Economics(ECN), (c) Master of Arts in Trade and Economic Development(TRDV), (d) Master of Atrs in International Economics and Development(ECNI), and (e) Master of Arts in Health Economics(ECNH). These programs are designed to accommodate students with varied backgrounds and needs, and offer sufficient flexibility to meet the career objectives of students with various interests. The programs prepare students for careers in business, finance, industry, and government services. They also provide training for students who intend to pursue the study of economics at the (Ph.D. levels). Together programs can accommodate these students with undergraduate backgrounds in fields ranging from mathematics and engineering, economics and business, to political science, public administration, and liberal arts.

For more information see On-lone Graduate Catalogeor contact Dr. David Crary, Graduate Programs Coordinator,, or 734-487-0006.

Admission to any of the department's programs is available in three ways.

  1. Degree Admission is granted to students who: (a) hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university; (b) have an undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.5 ("A" = 4.0); (c) satisfy the undergraduate course requirements, including the equivalent of ECO 201 Principles of Economics I, ECO 202 Principles of Economics II, ECO 301 Intermediate Macroeconomic Analysis; ECO 302 Intermediate Microeconomic Analysis, and ECO 310 Economic Statistics.
  2. Conditional Admission is granted to those students not meeting the standards stated in (a) and (b) above but who show promise. Students who are conditionally admitted are required to overcome specified deficiencies existing at the time of admission. When these deficiencies are overcome, the student's status is changed to degree admission.
  3. Non-Degree Student Status is available for those not qualified for degree or conditional admission, or those who wish to take courses for self-improvement and are not interested in obtaining a degree.

The length of each program is 30 credit hours, which can be completed as follows: 9 credit hours in Fall and 9 in Winter semester, 6 or 9 credit hours over Spring and Summer, and a final semester for the remaining 3 or 6 credit hours plus the research requirement. Students meet the research requirement by satisfactorily completing: (1) ECO 604 (a research seminar), (2) an approved supervised research project, or (2) a master's thesis. There are no foreign language requirements.

For tuition and fees please visit the graduate school web site.

Admission Policies and Procedures
The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is not required. Foreign students must take TOEFL and the Test of Written English (TWE). Minimum TOFEL score for regular admission are as follows:

Computer Based TOEFL 213
Paper Based TOEFL 550
Internet Based TOEFL 79

A MELAB(Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) score of 80 may be used in place of the TOEFL and TWE tests.

EMU also accepts an IELTS score of 6.5 or better in place of TOEFL

Students with scores below the minimum must take English as a Second Language (ESL) courses at EMU to raise their English proficiency to a satisfactory level.

Financial Aid includes the Graduate Assistantship (GA) Program and Fellowship Program. The Economics Department awards about 5 full-time GA's per academic year. Recipients of full-time positions work about 20 hours per week, earn about $5500 per academic year, and receive a tuition waiver of 18 credit hours per academic year. Awards are based on the student's academic performance (as shown by grade point average and letters of recommendation), and experience in using computer programs. Graduate Fellowships are awarded by the Graduate School, with particular focus on women and minority students desiring study in disciplines where these populations are under-represented. Awards are based on student's academic performance and consists of a $4000 stipend per academic year.

Graduate Programs Offered