University of Colorado Denver

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences



1380 Lawrence St., Room 1251

Denver, CO 80217

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MA in Economics

Format: Campus

Program Description:

CU Denver’s Economics MA program emphasizes extensive training in mathematical and quantitative analysis, including the provision of substantial exposure to econometrics and forecasting, working with large and diverse data sets, and a wide range of statistical software. This gives students the applied skills that employers demand, provides those pursuing advanced degrees an edge in gaining admission to top-flight PhD programs—and enhances the likelihood of the student's ultimate success.

The Economics MA can be completed in as few as three semesters by students who begin the program in the fall, although students who are working full time typically take four or five semesters to complete the program. The dual-degree program in Economics and Finance requires a minimum of five semesters.


  • Dual degrees offered in Finance, Public Administration, or Applied Mathematics
  • Emphasis in quantitative analysis
  • Evening classes


Electives available in: Health Economics, Forecasting, Economic Theory, Statistics, International Economics, Development Economics, Public Finance, Labor Economics, Money and Banking, Mathematics

Financial Support: The Economics MA program is unable to offer financial support at this time. A limited number of research fellowships, teaching assistantships, and research assistantships are available.

Applications: Applications are due by June 1 (Fall), November 1 (Spring).

Career paths of graduates: Many of our graduates use their MA degree in economics at CU Denver as a springboard towards pursuing a PhD degree in economics at highly ranked programs across the country. Our graduates are also employed by energy companies, defense contractors, health care agencies, banks and financial institutions, and other companies looking for employees who use real world data to answer research questions.


Why CU Denver?

As Colorado’s only public urban research university, CU Denver educates a diverse student body through quality academics, ambitious research and creative work, and civic engagement in the city we call home. Graduates gain the powerful combination of immersive classroom and real-world experiences that are in demand today, while the city benefits from well-educated, top talent and a new generation of knowledge that fuels the future of Denver and our region.

We are committed to diversity and equity. Students from all backgrounds will find resources & support on campus.


The University of Colorado Denver is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

International Student Requirements:

International students must meet ALL of the standard requirements and also must provide: • Original transcripts and documentation in English (or a certified English translation) of the completion of a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree, or the equivalent • Documents required to process immigration documents • Certified English translation of all academic records and references not in English • $75.00 international non-refundable application fee • Evidence of proficiency in English as demonstrated by one of the following: - Citizen of a country whose official language is English - TOEFL or IELTS - Graduate of CU Denver’s ESL Academy - Earned bachelor’s degree or higher from a foreign or US accredited institution where the language of instruction was English. - Earned a bachelor’s degree from the US or successful completion of at least 2 semesters (12 credits) of full-time study in a graduate-level master’s program at an accredited institution with a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 30

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Loans Offered: Students are encouraged to work with the University's Financial Aid Office to obtain information on financial aid opportunities. University of Colorado Denver FASFA Code: 004508

Locale: Large City

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