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Frequently Asked Questions

You may send an email to or call the Economics Department at (312) 362-8781.

General Questions

Does DePaul offer a PhD program in Economics?

While DePaul does not offer a PhD program in Economics, a Master of Science program is offered. ​

Does DePaul offer a MA program in Economics?

The Master of Arts program in Economics in the College of Business has been suspended. We are no longer accepting student applications.

However, the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences offers a combined Bachelor’s + Master’s program for the Economics (BA)/Economics and Policy Analysis (MS). ​


How do I apply to DePaul?

You can apply online or download an application. General admission inquiries can be sent to ​

How long does the admission process take for International Students?

International students should expect the admission process to take six months to one year. Those who have received undergraduate degrees from academic institutions in the United States should expect the process to take three to six months. ​​

If I am not enrolled in your program, can I take courses as a non-degree seeking student?

It is possible to take classes as a non-degree seeking student; however, you will first need to speak with an academic advisor. For undergraduate classes, please contact the Driehaus College of Business at (312) 362-5358 or Liberal Arts & Sciences at (773) 325-7310. For graduate classes, please contact Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at (312) 362-8810. More information on being a non-degree seeking student can be found on DePaul's admission page. ​

If I'm later admitted into your program, will the classes I take as a non-degree seeking student count toward my degree?

Yes, the classes you take as a non-degree seeking student may count toward your degree. However, each situation is handled on a case-by-case basis and the details must be arranged with your academic advisor. ​​


What's the difference between the BA and BSB economics degree programs?

DePaul offers two undergraduate degrees in Economics — the BA from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the BSB from the Driehaus College of Business. Students in both programs take required courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics, mathematics and statistics, and choose from a variety of economics electives. The difference in the two programs are the required courses outside of economics. The LAS degree requires allied field classes in the other social sciences, while the Business degree requires core classes across all the business disciplines. ​

I was accepted into the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences as an economics major, but I want to be a Driehaus College of Business student. What should I do next?

You should attend an inter-college transfer (ICT) workshop in the Driehaus College of Business. For a schedule of these workshops call (312) 362-5358. Completion of 12 credit hours at DePaul with a minimum of a 2.0 GPA is required to apply for an inter-college transfer. ​

How can I satisfy my Liberal Studies Experiential Learning Requirement?

The liberal studies junior year requirement can be satisfied in three ways:

In the past year economics majors have held internships at a variety of organizations including: an insurance company medical economics unit, brokerage/financial services companies, banks, law firms and the Chamber of Commerce. The Career Center oversees the University Internship Program (UIP). For more information about how to find an internship and how to have it count for experiential learning credit, ​please visit their website.

Study Abroad
Students can spend a term or more abroad through the Study Abroad Program (receiving multiple course credits, including experiential learning) or participate in a shorter (usually 2- to 3-week) Foreign Study Tour through the Driehaus Center for International Business.

Driehaus Center for International Business Experiential Learning Courses
Several departments offer courses which carry experiential learning credit. These courses typically involve some sort of field work in the Chicago area. You can use Class Search to identify the list of courses being offered each term.

Are there any student organizations for those interested in economics?

Yes, the Economics Club is a student organization sponsored by the Department of Economics. The Economics Club holds events throughout the academic year. Please see Student Organizations​ for more information. ​


What is the difference between the MS program in Economics and Policy Analysis and the MBA concentration in Economics and Policy Analysis?

The MBA-EPA is a business degree in which students take a four-course concentration in policy analysis. The concentration gives students experience in the tools of economic analysis in the context of a broader business practitioner perspective. On the other hand, the MS-EPA constitutes an in-depth study of the requisite economic theory and practices for policy analysis. Students are exposed to many policy areas and will receive a thorough grounding in both economic theory as well as econometric techniques used by business and policy analysis. ​

Are the admission requirements the same for a MS in Economics and Policy Analysis as for a MBA?

Admission requirements differ by program. Admission requirements for the MS-EPA can be found here. The MBA admission requirements are here​. ​

Which graduate test should I take – the GRE or the GMAT?

The GMAT is required for the MBA program. The MS-EPA program requires either the GRE or the GMAT. ​

When can I begin the MS program in Economics and Policy Analysis?

New students are admitted to the MS-EPA program every Fall Quarter. The admission deadline is July 1. ​

Can I attend classes part-time in the MS-EPA program?

Yes, students can enroll in the program on a part-time or full-time basis. Please see the program page​ for more details. ​

At which campus are the MS-EPA classes offered?

The majority of the MS-EPA classes are offered at DePaul's Loop Campus. ​

My undergraduate major is not in Economics; however, I have taken a few economics courses. Is it still possible to be admitted to the MS-EPA program?

While there are basic requirements for admission to the program, eligibility is determined on a case-by-case basis. Therefore, it is possible to be admitted to the program on a conditional basis upon review of your application and supporting materials. ​

Graduate Assistantships

Does the department offer teaching assistantships?

The Department of Economics does not offer teaching assistantships. However, graduate assistantships are offered to students in the MS-EPA program or the MBA program. ​

Who is eligible for a graduate assistantship?

Graduate assistantships are available to both international and domestic students who have been admitted to either the MS-EPA or MBA program. ​

Is there an application deadline?

The deadline for graduate assistantship applications is June 1. However, priority consideration will be given to students who apply to the MS-EPA program by April 15. ​

Are letters of recommendation required for the graduate assistantship application?

No, letters of recommendation are not required. However, you may include letters of recommendation with your assistantship application if you would like them to be considered.

Do I need to send copies of my official transcripts along with my application for graduate assistantship?

No, official transcripts are not required with the assistantship application. ​