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Applied Economics (off-campus) (MPEC)   

Program Title and Classification

Applied Economics (off-campus)

Graduate Degree Program

College: Behavioral and Social Sciences


     The off-campus version of the Master of Professional Studies in Applied Economics program (MPEC) is a professional master's degree program designed primarilly to enhance the professional development of applied economists.  The program is not designed to prepare students for PhD programs in economics.  The program prepares students to work as analysts in government agencies, private firms and non-governmental organizations.

     The MPEC program is an evening program with face-to-face classes in Washington, DC.  The MPEC program operates on a quarter-term academic calendar.  Students can complete the 10-course MPEC program in 15 months if they take 2 courses per quarter.  

     The MPEC program's curriculum is identical to that of the MPEM program, but the MPEM program is located on campus in College Park, and operates on the university's standard semester-based academic calendar.  

Admissions Information

 General Requirements:

Program-Specific Requirements:

  • Letters of Recommendation (none)
  • CV/Resume
  • Introductory Macroeconomics course (grade of B or higher)
  • Introductory Microeconomics course (grade of B or higher)
  • Calculus (grade of B- or higher)

*Visa Eligibility: This program is not eligible for I-20 or DS-2019 issuance by the University of Maryland.

    The MPEC program offers fall and spring admission.  The application deadline for fall enrollment is June 15 and the application deadline for spring enrollment is December 15.

     The MPEC program cannot issue the immigration documents necessary for international students to study (F1 or J1 student visas).  The on-campus version of the program (the MPEM program) is able to sponsor international student visas.  Citizens of foreign countries who currently reside in the U.S. on visas which permit them to undertake part-time study are welcome to apply to either the MPEC or the MPEM program, provided that they submit a copy of the valid visa and I-94 card. 

     The MPEC program's standard academic admissions requirements are: Overall GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4-point scale), grades of at least B in introductory economics courses (micro- and macroeconomics) and a grade of at least B- in introductory calculus.  

     Students must upload PDF copies of their transcripts, a resume, and a brief personal statement.  We do not require letters of recommendation, GRE scores or GMAT scores.  Students whose prior academic degrees were all earned in non-English speaking countries must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.

For more admissions information or to apply to the program, please visit our Graduate School website:

Application Deadlines

Type of Applicant FallSpring
Domestic Applicants:
US Citizens and Permanent Residents
15 Jun15 Dec
International Applicants:
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas
A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants.
15 Jun15 Dec

Other Deadlines: Please visit the program website at

Degree Requirements

Master of Professional Studies (M.P.S.)

Total CreditsCore Requirements

Non-thesis only: 30 credits

Core courses:

ECON 641: Microeconomic Analysis (3 credits)

ECON 642: Topics in Applied Macroeconomics (3 credits)

ECON 643: Empirical Analysis I: Foundations of Empirical Research (3 credits)

ECON 644: Empirical Analysis II: Introduction to Economic Models (3 credits)

ECON 645: Empirical Analysis III: Econometric Modeling and Forecasting (3 credits)

Choose 5 Field courses:

ECON 670: Financial Economics (3 credits) 

ECON 671: Economics of Health Care (3 credits)

ECON 672: Program Analysis and Evaluation (3 credits)

ECON 673: Information, Game Theory and Market Design (3 credits)

ECON 674: Economic Analysis of Law (3 credits)

ECON 675: Environmental Economics (3 credits)

ECON 676: Economic Development (3 credits)

ECON 683: International Macroeconomics and Finance (3 credits)

ECON 684: Applied Time Series Analysis and Forecasting (3 credits)


     The MPEC program emphasizes quantitative applied analysis.  The curriculum includes all aspects of econometric modeling (including data collection, management and analysis) and incorporates hands-on STATA exercises into instruction.  Courses provide students with rigorous training in economic reasoning, and the formulation and estimation of empirical economic models, with particular emphasis on using quantitative methods to evaluate policy proposals and programs.  The 10-course program includes 5 'core courses' and 5 ‘field courses’.  The 5 core courses include 2 applied theory courses (micro and macro) and a 3-course empirical analysis sequence.  The field courses allow students to apply the tools learned in the core courses to specific fields of economics and public policy analysis.


Facilities and Special Resources

Classes are held in the evenings in our DC classroom space, 1400 16th Street NW, Suite 140.

Financial Assistance

     The economics department does not offer fellowships or graduate assistantships to any of the students in the MPEC program.  Domestic students in the program are eligible for the US Department of Education's Federal Unsubsidized Direct Loans and Federal Grad PLUS Loans.  Some of our students also have their tuition paid, at least in part, by an employer or other 3rd party.  The University's Financial Services Center provides Third Party Billing when the third party requires a bill from the university.  More information about financial aid is available from the University of Maryland's Office of Student Financial Aid.  

Contact Statement

The MPEC program coordinator is Eileen Kramer.   (202) 525-4308.

The program's executive director is Dr. John Straub.   (301) 405-3531




John Straub, Executive Director of Professional Master's Program

1400 16th Street, NW

Suite 140

Washington DC, 20036

Telephone: (202) 525-4308


Associated Information




Applied Economics, MPEC


Applied Economics (on-campus) (MPEM)

Economic Analysis (off-campus) (Z074)

Economic Analysis (on-campus) (Z098)