Applied Economics


Why study Applied Economics?

Do you want to learn from leaders in the field about advanced econometrics, industrial organization, urban, regional and labor economics? Do you want a graduate degree in economics that offers you exceptional job placement and the opportunity for significant career advancement opportunities? Are you looking for a master's program in economics that offers you the opportunity to study either full or part time?

If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, we urge you to consider University of Cincinnait's MS in Applied Economics!

The MS in Applied Economics provides our students with a solid training in economic theory and applications, and also provides a very strong background in applied econometrics. By the end of the program, our students understand how to build sensible models based upon economic principles, and how to actually estimate, test, interpret and explain these models.

Admission Requirements

Important Prerequisites for the LCB Master of Science in Applied Economics:

Completion (with a grade of "B" or better) of:

  • An introductory-level course in microeconomic theory
  • An introductory-level course in macroeconomic theory
  • One semester or two quarters of college-level calculus
  • One course in college-level statistics

You may apply to the program without having completed the prerequisite courses, but they must be completed with grades submitted to LCB by June 1.


Application Checklist:


  • Resume: Ensure your resume clearly lists the dates of any professional (ex: full-time role, internships, co-ops), volunteer, non-profit, or any other leadership experiences. There is no formatting requirement, however, please review your resume for any grammatical mistakes and it should not be longer than 2 pages.
  • Transcript: You must have a US bachelor's degree from a an accredited institution, or for international students the equivalent of a US bachelor's degree, by the time of application. You may submit an unofficial copy of all of your undergraduate and graduate transcripts (and degree documents if applicable) with your application; official transcripts will be required if you're admitted and enroll. If you are an international applicant, you may be required to submit a NACES approved course by course evaluation of your transcript at the time of application. Please contact the LCB Graduate Programs Office to see if this is a requirement for your program.
  • Essays: Please complete the following prompt in 500 words or less -- 

Why do you want to complete this program and specifically how it will help you in your chosen career field?

  • Letters of Recommendation: Please select two recommenders who will be able to discuss your professional performance, academic performance, and/or work style. This can include previous supervisors, faculty members, or mentors. Letters of recommendation must come directly from the listed recommender on your application. IMPORTANT: Your application will not move forward in the review process until we receive both letters of recommendation.
  • Standardized Tests: The GMAT and GRE are currently optional. If submitting scores, they must be sent officially from the testing agency. 
  • Application Fee: Applicants are required to compete the $65 ($70 for international applicants) fee payment in order to complete their application.


The MS in Applied Economics degree provides students with an exceptional set of applied economic and econometric analytical tools that have demonstrated value in the marketplace. Graduates enjoy success as:

  • Analysts in market research, insurance, healthcare, banking, and finance
  • Positions with consulting firms as well as in public-sector planning and economic analysis organizations
  • Excellent preparation for further study in a PhD program. Over the last several years, we have placed graduates in PhD programs at Indiana, Vanderbilt, Oregon, Duke, University of Texas, Purdue University, and others

The degree of Master of Science in Applied Economics is granted to those who satisfactorily complete the required course work, carrying a minimum GPA of 3.0 or above. The degree must be completed within five years of acceptance into the program. All students must contract for graduation and be enrolled for at least one credit hour of study during the academic year of graduation.

English Proficiency

If your native language is not English, you must demonstrate your proficiency in English. This includes submitting an IELTS, TOEFL, or Duolingo test score. Please click the link below to see the minimum score to be eligible for the program.

     Entry Exam Requirements

Application Deadlines

Application Deadlines

- Apply by the priority deadline for first consideration for funding, an earlier admissions decision, additional time to find housing, and for international students, additional time to secure your visa

-Applications will close when a program reaches capacity, so it's important to apply early

-Your application is not considered complete until we have all the application materials

Fall Admit Only

  • Priority & international deadline: January 31, 2024
  • International deadline: April 15, 2024
  • Final Domestic deadline: July 31, 2024


The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The Carl H. Lindner College of Business holds AACSB accreditation. AACSB International business accreditation is an achievement earned only by programs of the highest caliber. Institutions that earn accreditation confirm their commitment to quality and continuous improvement through a rigorous and comprehensive peer review. Less than one-third of U.S. business school programs and only 15% of business school programs worldwide meet the rigorous standards of AACSB International accreditation.


Contact Information

Lindner Graduate Programs Office
1319 Carl H. Lindner Hall
2906 Woodside Drive, PO Box 10211
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0211
(513) 556-7020

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Program Code: 22MAS-APEC-MS