“The two are not mutually exclusive, but we think we can have wealth without good ideas and without values and without a clear vision. Wealth without vision is insanity.”
Ambassador Andrew Young

Our Program

With internationally renowned faculty and research centers, our master of economics degree takes a pioneering approach to economics that emphasizes public policy and empirical evaluation.

As a student in our innovative program, you’ll learn the fundamentals of economic theories as they apply to the environment, education, economic development, healthcare, public finance, social welfare and other pressing public issues.

Our broad and customizable curriculum combines the latest theoretical advances with the analytical skills and practical experience you’ll need to tackle the complex problems facing analysts and economists today.

Application Deadlines*

Fall Semester Spring Semester
  • Priority Deadline - February 15
  • Regular Deadline - April 1
  • Late Deadline - June 1
  • Regular Deadline - October 1
  • Late Deadline - November 1

*Online applications must be submitted and all materials received by the deadline to be reviewed for admission.

Application Submission Instructions

  • Create an account.
  • Start a new application.
    • Select application type: "2018 Graduate Programs"
    • Click "Create an application"
    • Click "Open Application" to begin your application
  • On the "Program Selection" page:
    • Select College: "Andrew Young School of Policy Studies"
    • Select Program: "Economics; Master of Arts" or "Economics - Policy Track; Master of Arts"
Start Your Application and Apply Now 

Application Requirements

A completed application includes:

  1. Submitted Online Application. All online applications must be submitted by the deadline. Paper applications are not available.
  2. Application fee: A nonrefundable fee of $50 is required for each application. This fee must be paid online by credit card.
  3. Goal statement: The goal statement is your means of presenting yourself to the Graduate Admissions Committee. You should submit a short typed statement of personal and professional goals as they relate to the certificate or degree program you are seeking. Most applicants write approximately two typed pages, summarizing their work experience, the reasons they have chosen the program, why they want to attend Georgia State, and how the degree fits in with their career goals.
  4. TOEFL or IELTS Academic scores (International applicants only): All international applicants are required to submit official TOEFL or IELTS Academic scores.
  5. Three letters of recommendation: All letters should be submitted through the online application.
  6. Copies of Official Transcripts from each post-secondary college/university attended:
    • Official transcripts are not required at this stage of application review.**
    • Transcripts should be uploaded to the Academic History section of the online application and must be copies of university transcripts. This can either be an official electronic transcript, or a paper copy that you have scanned and uploaded.
    • Copy of transcript must have one or more of the following features: registrar’s seal, registrar signature, or watermark of the institution.
    • Documents such as self-printed academic histories, web-based academic evaluations, and anything hand-written are not acceptable for review process and should not be uploaded. Doing so will significantly delay the review of your application.
    • Submit one copy of transcript for each post-secondary institution attended, regardless of length of time you attended, your status, whether grades are listed, or where your final degree(s) were received. This would include community colleges, study abroad programs and AP credit. If you received college level credit, a transcript should be submitted for review.
    • All transcripts should be in English. If transcript is not in English, a certified translation must be submitted with the original document.
    • Transcripts should consist of both marks sheets and, if degree was conferred, show degree conferral either on application or on degree certification page.
      **Official transcripts will only be required if an applicant is admitted to the program.

**Committees may occasionally request materials in addition to those listed above. You will be contacted if additional materials are necessary to complete a thorough review of your application.

If you need assistance with the application process, please contact the Office of Admissions – Graduate Programs.

If you want to learn more about our programs, please contact the Office of Academic Assistance for the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at

Work with our Office of Career Services and Student Life to connect with the professional community and gain crucial career and leadership skills. Take advantage of employer panels, career fairs and workshops in resume writing, networking and professional presentation. Our graduates hold top positions in academia, international agencies, the private sector and all levels of federal and state government, including critical leadership roles at the Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank, Bank of America, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.