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Oregon State University — Applied Economics

Program Type:
Master's International
Applied Economics
Degrees Awarded:
Master of Arts (MA), Master of Science (MS)
Admissions Deadlines:

Rolling Admissions, but fall quarter start is preferable. For convenience and to avoid possible mailing delays, applicants are encouraged to apply online. The online application, a downloadable application form and contact information are available from the Graduate School.

You may also write to the Graduate School, Oregon State University, 300 Kerr Administration Building, Corvallis, Oregon 97331 or telephone them at 541-737-4881.

For more information: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/grad_school/economics/admit.htm

Admissions Cycle:
Four per year. (http://oregonstate.edu/admissions/graduate/deadlines.html)
Program Start:
Fall quarter preferred.
Program Founded:
January, 2010


Student can earn between 6-9 credits for Peace Corps service (thesis or project work); possibility to earn more credits approved on case-by-case basis; all applicants considered for institutional scholarships and grants; Teaching or Research Assistantships may be available through major professor; student status remains ’active’ through Peace Corps service.


The Master's International (MI) program at Oregon State University strives to equip students with natural resource investigation, management and problem-solving skills for application during Peace Corps service. The advanced degree from OSU, however, will carry the graduate along to their professional career whether international or domestic.

The MI degree is an ideal way to earn a master’s degree while gaining the international experience that will benefit you as both citizen and professional.

MA/MS students are required to complete one area of concentration/specialization with a minimum of 6 credits. Areas currently being offered by the Applied Economics program are International Trade, Public Health Economics, Resource and Environmental Economics, and Transportation Economics. An open area of concentration or the Applied-Economics concentration provides Master's students the option of taking a concentration identified and approved by their Program Committee. Students are required to obtain a B grade or above in each of the courses from the chosen concentration. Students will select additional credits for a Master's program of study totaling at least 45 credits.

The Peace Corps experience is scheduled to occur after the first academic year, with the student returning to OSU-Corvallis for one or more quarters depending on course work and/or project/thesis work.

An active returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV) community at OSU, and a large group of RPCV faculty, staff and students in the College of Forestry, ensures that students hear directly from returned Peace Corps Volunteers about relevant issues of working abroad. Students will have the opportunity to take part in a wide array of university courses designed to provide knowledge specific to the environment, societies, and economies of economically developing countries.


Please contact the university MI coordinator who will put you in touch with those who can help you to consider your concentration of interest and to make contact with potential major professors.

Then it is time to apply to the OSU Grad School (http://oregonstate.edu/admissions/graduate.html). Be sure to elect the Master's International program under your intended Department Concentration (write this decision into your letter of intent).

Minimum Graduate Admissions Requirements-- Applicants must have: a four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university, and a combined GPA of 3.00 on the last 90 quarter (60 semester) credit hours of graded undergraduate work toward the first baccalaureate degree plus all work completed thereafter, OR a four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university, and a 45 quarter credit-hour graduate degree from a regionally accredited university.

Prerequisites for Master's degrees (MA, MS) consist of intermediate-level courses in microeconomic theory, macroeconomic theory, statistics, calculus, and linear algebra.

Please see the Grad School website for up-to-date information and an on-line application form.

For inquiries about Master's International, call 855.855.1961 x1812.

Program Contacts

If you have questions, please contact:
Mr. David Zahler
Coordinator, MI Program

College of Forestry
250 Peavy Hall
Corvallis, Oregon 97331-5702
(541) 737-1346
(541) 737-3759

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