The economics department teaches students to be critical thinkers and to use the discipline of economics to analyze and solve problems associated with important economic, political and social issues. These issues range from international economic relations to economic development, growth, income inequality, environment, education, housing and competition policy.

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Medford, MA 02155
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The Department of Economics offers a program leading to a Master of Science in Economics that provides a deep understanding of the theoretical and empirical foundations of economics and the quantitative tools required for research careers in economics. The department offers two degree program tracks:

M.S. in Economics: Course-Based track

  • An eight-credit program which can be completed in one year, without a thesis.

M.S. in Economics: Research-Based track*

  • A twelve-credit program to be completed in two years, with a master's thesis.

*Research-based track applications are only available to enrolling students and must be submitted in the spring of their first year. 

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Application Deadline

Fall: February 15
Round 2 for Fall 2019: May 15

Application Requirements: 

> Application fee
> Resume/CV
> Personal statement
> Official GRE required

- GRE scores are not required for current Tufts undergraduates and alumni

> Official TOEFL or IELTS, if applicable
> Transcripts
> Three letters of recommendation

For more information, visit the Department of Economics.

For questions about this program, including scholarships and assistantships, please contact the graduate program administrator.

Department of Economics
8 Upper Campus Road
Braker Hall
Medford, MA 02155
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Office: 617.627.3560
Fax: 617.627.3917