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What will I learn?

The department offers a program of study leading to the Master of Arts degree in Applied Economics. The Master of Arts in Applied Economics degree is offered under two 30-hour plans; an internship option or an applied project option. Students of this program will be trained in macroeconomics, econometrics and time-series data analysis. In addition, these general skills will be applied to the areas of health, financial, and energy economics for more focused training. While it is not necessary to possess an undergraduate degree in economics, applicants must have completed intermediate level courses in microeconomics and macroeconomics as well as an introduction to regression analysis course during their undergraduate careers. This 12-month master’s degree program allows you to obtain valuable economic and data analysis skills for careers in business and government.

Benefits of the program

With an increased reliance on quantitative methods for analyzing business trends and policy issues, the applied economics program at the University of Houston will help you gain valuable job skills that are important to employers in many industry and government positions. Students will develop the following in-demand skills:

  • Data management and statistical analysis
  • Trend monitoring and forecasting
  • Critical thinking/problem-solving
  • An understanding of how macroeconomic policy changes can be used to make better business management decisions
  • Regression analysis

Which department am I in?

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
US$18,689.00 per year
USD $918.98/SCH
Start date

Expected August 2022


College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

402 Agnes Arnold Hall,



77204, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

All graduate students are required to provide proof of the attainment of a Bachelor’s degree before enrolling at the University of Houston.

For international students

  • Awarded a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
  • Maintained at least a 3.0 GPA in the most recent 60 semester hours of undergraduate course work attempted

English Language Proficiency Requirements

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
  • The minimum TOEFL score required is 79 for the internet-based test. The minimum TOEFL score for the paper-based exam is 550.
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing Service)
  • The minimum IELTS score required is an overall score of a 6.5.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.