Graduate Programs


We accept the GMAT or GRE for our graduate programs. We require a score of 79 or better on the internet-based TOEFL, and a minimum GPA of 2.75.

Master of Science in Applied Economics

The M.S. in Applied Economics program emphasizes the practical aspects of economic theory and a solid foundation of econometrics and forecasting. The program requires a total of 36 credits of courses including managerial economics, business cycles and forecasting, econometrics, international economics, microeconomics and macroeconomics, all taught by faculty who have years of experience teaching in the relevant fields. In addition, many of our faculty has published research articles in prominent field journals as well as books for area specialists. Although our goal is to prepare students to work in business analysis and forecasting for firms and government, a few have chosen to pursue a Ph.D. in economics or another relevant discipline after their degree. Past placements include the Internal Revenue Service, Xcel Energy, Wells Fargo, US Bancorp, SCSU, MN Department of Revenue, and IBM.

Suggested schedule for MSAE program.

5-Year BA/MS Program in Applied Economics

We have a five-year program for economics majors who maintain a 3.3 GPA and want to earn both a B.A. in Economics and a M.S. in Applied Economics.

Further information regarding the Applied Economics program requirements can be found in our University Catalog.

St. Cloud State University and Nankai University Binhai College 3+2 Program

A brochure in simplified Chinese (PDF) is available for business and economics students at Nankai University Binhai College. For more information, please consult the relevant offices listed in the brochure.

Frequently asked questions about Graduate Studies in Applied Economics at SCSU


The Department of Economics
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