Master of Science in Economics

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Priority Deadlines:

  • Fall January 10
  • Spring October 10


  • Pullman

International Student English Proficiency Exams

International students may need to surpass the Graduate School’s minimum English language proficiency exam scores for this program. If the graduate program has unique score requirements, they will be detailed below. Otherwise, please refer to the Graduate School’s minimum score guidelines.

Degree Description:

The Master of Science in Economics degree (MS) provides strong foundations in economic theory, quantitative methods, applications, and research analysis to prepare graduates for research positions in and consulting and government organizations, or as preparation for doctoral studies in Economics or Agricultural Economics. This degree is designed so that well-prepared students can complete it in only 1 year, but most students complete it in 3 or 4 semesters. While salaries after completing a Bachelor’s degree in Economics are around $42,546 – $76,621, those after a Master’s degree in Economics average $107,000; as reported by

Admission Requirements:

Statement of Purpose, 3 letters of recommendations, CV, GRE (within the last 2 years), Unofficial Transcripts

Student Opportunities:

A master’s degree in Economics at Washington State University enhances graduates’ employment prospects and their chances to obtain significantly higher salaries than bachelor degree holders.  Public and private organizations are increasingly seeking to hire professionals who can understand and apply economic research.  Job opportunities include positions in banking, communication, government, insurance, investment, research, and trade, among others.

In addition, the master’s degree in Economics at Washington State University serves as a preparation for pursuing a Ph.D. degree in Economics.

Career Opportunities:

Management Specialists, Policy Analysts, Forecasters, Economic Consultants

Career Placements:

Former students are placed at the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service and Economic Research Service, Cargill, World Bank, Insightful Corp, Grassbridge Recruiting, Insurance industry, among others.

See this list of student job placements.

Contact Information:

  • Jaimie Dahl, Asst. to the Director, and Graduate Coordinator
  • Jeffrey Luckstead, Associate Professor, and Graduate Studies Chair