Graduate Admission Requirements
The UNO Department of Economics offers the Master of Arts and the Master of Science degrees in economics.
New economics graduate students will be admitted only to the MS in Economics (non thesis) Program. After completing nine hours of course work in the Master's in Economics Program, a student may submit a written request to the Economics Graduate Program Committee (GPC) to transfer from the MS Program to the MA (thesis) Program. The student's request should state the field of economics s(he) is interested in writing a thesis on and the thesis topic. The student should attach an unofficial graduate transcript, a writing sample, and any other relevant information to the request. The GPC based on its evaluation of the student's potential to complete a quality master's thesis will approve or deny this request. If the GPC denies the student's request to transfer to the MA program, the student may submit a second written request to transfer to the MA program with supporting material to the GPC after s(he) has completed 18 credit hours of course work in the Master's in Economics Degree Program.
Admission to the UNO Graduate College requires the Bachelors Degree, with admission of seniors contingent upon receipt of the degree. Undergraduate record as measured by the Grade Point Average (GPA) is the primary evidence used for admission. A GPA of 3.00 or higher over the Junior-Senior year, or in economics courses if the undergraduate major is economics, is normally required for admittance. If the GPA is below 3.00, other records, such as Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, letters of recommendation, and grades in specific undergraduate courses, may be used as additional evidence of ability to do graduate work. The GRE is not required for admission. Applicants with non-English backgrounds are required to take the TOEFL, and must normally score at least 530 to be admitted to the program.
Applications must be approved by the Economics Department and the UNO Dean for Graduate Studies. At a minimum, undergraduate courses required for unconditional admittance are Statistics (similar to UNO's BSAD 3160), Intermediate Microeconomic Theory (UNO Econ 3200), and Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory (UNO Econ 3220). Otherwise qualified applicants who do not have these courses will be admitted provisionally, and must take them in the first semester at UNO. With permission, provisional students may take graduate Managerial Economics (UNO Econ 8210) rather than Intermediate Microeconomic Theory. Some knowledge of calculus and matrix algebra is essential. Applicants without this background may be required to take a mathematics course at the beginning of their program or otherwise demonstrate adequate mathematical preparation. Unless students have extensive mathematics background, they must take Quantitative Applications in Economics (Econ 8306) early in the program.
1. USA Applicants complete your admission application online.
2. International Student Application
3. All assistantship applicants: Print out a Graduate Assistant Application for mailing.
For details, please contact:
Dr. Donald Baum, Mammel Hall 332D, Tel.: (402) 554-2538, email: email@example.com.