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The College of Business at Boise State offers two distinct  masters in Economics graduate programs. The Master of Economics (M.Ec.)  program requires the completion of a Capstone course as the culminating activity. The intended audience is students or others in the community seeking advancement in their career, and/or seeking careers in more quantitative and analytical fields. The Master of Science in Economics (MS) program emphasizes research and requires a completion of a thesis. The intended audience is students or others in the community seeking further education and independent research experience.


Contact Information

Michail Fragkias
(208) 426-3308
Business Building
1910 University Dr.,
Boise, ID 83725-1620

Degree Requirements

Master of Economics, M.Ec.
Master of Science in Economics, M.S.

The John J. and Ethel C. Chapman Graduate Economics Fellowships: a maximum of two $10,000 fellowships will be awarded to full-time students, and will be awarded annually to students admitted to the master’s program in economics. Chapman fellowships may be renewed if recommended by the Department of Economics. Students who wish to renew their fellowships must have a record of academic excellence as demonstrated by a GPA of 3.5.

Admission Requirements

  1. Apply to the Graduate College and satisfy the minimum admissions requirements of the Graduate College. International applicants must satisfy the international admissions requirements.
  2. A baccalaureate degree  from a regionally accredited U.S. institution of higher learning or from a non-U.S. institution of higher education that is judged equivalent to a U.S. baccalaureate degree by the International Admissions Office. Applicants should have an undergraduate GPA of at least a 3.00 on a 4-point system.
  3. A major in Economics or a related field,  with at least one semester of calculus and two semesters of probability and statistics courses successfully completed.
  4. Official GRE Scores.
  5. A current curriculum vitae or resume that accurately reflects educational and professional experience and background.
  6. A letter of application describing background, career goals, and academic interests and how the graduate program in Economics will help you achieve these goals.
  7. A writing sample demonstrating the student’s academic and writing talents. This can include previous academic papers, research manuscript, a document prepared for an employer, or a new sample written for the application requirement.
  8. Three letters of recommendation (at least two from faculty).

Fast Track Admission Requirements

To qualify for Fast Track Admission (and waive the GRE requirement), you must:

  • Have a Boise State Economics Major or Minor
  • Have achieved a 3.5 GPA in 300-400 level economics courses
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.3

If you believe you qualify for Fast Track Admission, please contact the Graduate Program Coordinator at: 

4+1 Accelerated program

Students may apply for the master’s programs after they complete 75 undergraduate credits; during their final two academic semesters as an undergrad, they are expected to take two graduate level Economics courses (ECON 521 and ECON 522) that count both for your undergraduate and graduate degrees. Once the student graduates with a Bachelor’s degree, then he/she continues with the remaining master’s courses and complete the degree in one year.


Graduate Assistantships are available for full-time students on a limited and competitive basis. The GA waives all tuition and fees, provides student health insurance and pays a stipend of approximately $9,000 for the academic year, and requires 20 hours of work per week throughout the semester. Contracts are not automatically renewed, but students may apply for a second year.

Application and Materials Deadlines

Fall Semester: February 15