Economics Graduate Programs

Master of Arts in Economics Brochure

The Graduate Program in Economics at Bowling Green State University includes at least 30 hours of course work. There are certain general and coursework prerequisites that should be met for admission. Students with a strong background usually meet all these prerequisites and therefore can complete the program in one calendar year, while other students who have met the coursework requirements partially will take 3 or 4 semesters. In general students must pass two comprehensive exams, one on micro and macro theory, and the other on economic policy. If a student writes a thesis, only the comprehensive exam on theory is required.

The required courses of the program are (see specific course descriptions):

  • ECON 5020 - Econometrics
  • ECON 5730 - History of Economic Thought
  • ECON 6070 - Graduate Econometrics
  • ECON 6100 - Microeconomic Theory
  • ECON 6110 - Macroeconomic Theory
  • ECON 6190 - Economic Policy
  • ECON 6710 - Policy Topics in Quantitative and Theoretical Economics

Admission Criteria:

Admission is determined on the basis of GPA, GRE/GMAT scores, and letters of recommendation.

There is no strict application deadline for our program.  However, to receive full consideration for a graduate assistantship, you should have all relevant materials (application for admission, test scores, transcripts, recommendation letters, and assistantship application) to us by March 1st.

Financial Aid:

Graduate assistantships are available on a competitive basis.  Undergraduate GPA, GRE/GMAT scores, letters of recommendation, the student's statement, and other materials are all used in the aid decision. The department reserves the right to adjust the level of funding conditional on the availability of funds or the student's academic progress.

If you would like further information regarding the Graduate College, the Center for International Programs, or the Project Search Office at Bowling Green State University, please take a look at their homepages.

Application Instructions

Assistantship Application Form

Graduate Program Director:

Dr. Peter VanderHart

Economics Department
1001 Wooster St., 3002 Business Admin. Bldg.
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403-0268

Visit the BGSU on-line graduate application.