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  • The MA program in economics is specifically designed to provide students with a strong theoretical foundation, solid quantitative skills, and the critical thinking tools necessary to succeed in a world-class doctoral program or advance through the ranks of their chosen professions. In addition, the program’s diverse curriculum and distinguished faculty members help prepare students to become ideal candidates for prestigious and challenging jobs in international, government and private institutions. The program opens numerous opportunities for prestigious and creative jobs in research centers and departments, both in government and private institutions. AUC graduates of this program have also made valuable additions to several UN and international development institutions.

  • All students must take the following four courses (12 credit hours): 

    • ECON 501/5221 - Advanced Macroeconomic Theory (3 cr.) 

    • ECON 502/5211 - Advanced Microeconomic Theory (3 cr.) 

    • ECON 518/5281 - Econometrics (3 cr.) 

    • ECON 525/5201 - Research Workshop (3 cr.) 


    Three Additional Courses (9 credit hours) 

    A maximum of three hours of 5000-level courses or 4000-level courses in related fields other than economics may be taken for graduate credit with the approval of the director of graduate studies and the department chair


    Thesis Track 

    Thesis (6 credit hours) 

    An M.A. thesis is not allowed to be submitted for examination until the student has made a presentation of a major part of it at the department seminar. 


    Non-Thesis Track 

    Within the non-thesis track, students must complete at least one concentration field (6 credit hours). 


    The MA in economics offers four concentration fields: 

    1. Middle East Economic Development (6 credit hours) 

    1. ECON 511/5252 - Economic Development in Middle East Countries (3 cr.) 

    2. ECON 512/5254 - Economic Growth & Development (3 cr.) 


    2. Competitive Strategy and Valuation (6 credit hours) 

    1. ECON 519/5213 - Project Evaluation (3 cr.) 

    2. ECON 520/5215 - Competitive Strategy and Game Theory (3 cr.) 


    3. International Economics (6 credit hours) 

    1. ECON 505/5231 - Advanced International Trade (3 cr.) 

    2. ECON 517/5233 - International Finance (3 cr.) 


    4. Financial Economics (6 credit hours) 

    1. ECON 504/5241 - Financial Economics (3 cr.) 

    2. ECON 528/5242 - Financial Econometrics (3 cr.)

  • Applicants to the master’s program in economics should have a considerable background in economic theory. An applicant whose bachelor’s degree is in a discipline other than economics may be admitted provisionally, but in such cases the applicant must complete additional undergraduate courses. The prerequisite for full admission to the master’s program in economics is the completion of ECON 4061 and ECON 4081 with a grade of B or better; i.e., a student must complete ECON 4061 and ECON 4081 before enrolling in any 500-level course. 

    For admission, the department accepts the following minimum Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores: 150 verbal, 150 quantitative and 3.0 analytical (which is equivalent to 450 verbal, 600 quantitative and 3.0 analytical for exams taken prior to September 1, 2011). Prior to full admission, students must have reported their GRE scores. Students applying for a master’s in economics can choose either a thesis or a non-thesis track option. Total credit hours for completion of the master’s degree for either track is 27 credit hours.

  • AUC offers a variety of fellowships, academic scholarships and work-study opportunities to assist students in financing their graduate studies. Below is a list of fellowships and scholarships available at the graduate level:

    • African Graduate Fellowships 

    African, non-Egyptian students 

    • Dr. Ahmed and Ann M. El-Mokadem Fellowship 

    Egyptian nationals 

    • University Fellowships 

    All nationalities 

    • Engaged Scholars Fellowship Program 

    Egyptian nationals 

    • MAL/MUN Fellowships 
    • Ryoichi Sasakawa Endowed Young Leaders Fellowships Fund (SYLFF) Program 

    All nationalities

    For more information and for applications

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Upon graduating from one of these programs you will have the freedom to choose from a number of job prospects such as in consulting firms, research institutes and international organizations. Masters of Arts in economics graduates have joined leading international, regional and local institutions and have been admitted to doctoral programs at prominent universities worldwide.


Alumni Testimonials

What our graduates are saying about us
karim abadir

The MA program in economics was an ideal follow up to my BA at AUC. I was taught by the best professors, and it resulted in me publishing my MA dissertation in one of the best journals in my field, Econometric Theory. The MA more than qualified me for my doctoral studies at Oxford, where I felt I knew more advanced material than most of my cohort.”  

Karim Abadir’91
Distinguished Visiting Professor, Professor Emeritus, Business School, Imperial College London
Sherif Fouda

I have become an economist, not because of the exams I have passed and the books I have read, but rather through the capable professorship and sincere mentorship received through AUC’s economics program. The diverse backgrounds, rich experiences and dynamic interests of my professors helped shape my academic and professional ambitions, and I continue to sharpen my research and analytical skills through the department’s MA program.”

Sherif Fouda '09 '12
Head of Economic Advisory, Dcode Economic and Financial Consulting