With an emphasis on econometrics, a master’s degree in economics from UW-Madison makes you a stronger candidate in the job market, or prepares you to enter a rigorous PhD program in economics.

Is this Program Right for You?

The UW-Madison Department of Economics recently created our accelerated Master’s Degree program in Economics to serve students who fall into three categories: those whose undergraduate major was not economics but who have since become interested in the field; those considering a PhD in economics who want preparation as well as access to programs and credentials; and those seeking valuable employment credentials but who may not be well-suited to an economics PhD.


The UW-Madison Department of Economics is renowned for our expertise in econometrics. We put a far greater emphasis than do other schools on providing you with a strong foundation in econometrics—the skills you will most commonly use in the job market or as a PhD student. You will also acquire a deep understanding of economics, analytical thinking, and statistical analysis.


Most of our students complete their master’s in economics in four semesters. You will take seven courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics, and econometrics, and select three elective courses based on your academic or career goals. Our students are not required to complete a thesis project.


Whether you head directly into the workforce or go on to pursue a PhD, UW-Madison equips you with the sophisticated theoretical and quantitative skills you need to succeed as an economist.


What You Learn

  • Apply concepts in economics and draw conclusions using analytical thinking and statistical analysis

Where & How You Learn


  • Accelerated, face-to-face
  • Classes are held on the UW-Madison campus during the day, Monday through Friday


  • Move through the program with a cohort of students
  • Complete your courses in a precise sequence, and select the electives that suit your professional goals

Apply Now

All applicants must:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or its equivalent
  • Have completed college-level economics (minimum courses in introductory microeconomics, introductory macroeconomics, and intermediate microeconomics) and three semesters of calculus and linear algebra
  • Provide Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores
  • Non-native English speakers must have a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 92 (Internet version) or better

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