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EIU Master of Arts in Economics

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Students may begin the program in either the Fall or Spring semester. The department accepts applications to the graduate program throughout the year.

However, we begin considering applications for each Fall semester on January 14. Applications will not be considered until they are complete. Applications completed on, or before, January 14 will be considered in the initial group of admission decisions and applicants are encouraged to submit application materials before this date.

We also admit graduate students for the Spring semester. We begin considering applications for each Spring semester on September 30 of the previous calendar year. Applications will not be considered until they are complete. Applications completed on, or before, September 30, will be considered in the initial group of admission decisions and applicants are encouraged to submit application materials before this date.

Students awarded teaching assistantships usually begin in the Fall semester and complete the department's new teacher orientation program before the semester begins and the department’s new teacher training program during their first semester. It is rare for the department to have the ability to offer assistantships beginning in the spring semester. However, if assistantships are available beginning in the spring, applicants will be considered. Please contact the graduate coordinator to inquire about the availability of spring assistantship opportunities.

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Apply to the Graduate School

All students can apply to the graduate school through MyEIU. The graduate school requires:

  1. A complete online application
  2. A copy of your official transcripts
  3. A $30 application fee

Learn more about the Graduate School admissions process.

Apply to the Program

For full admission, we use the GPA cutoff of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale. If you fall slightly short, we can admit you on a provisional basis. Once enrolled, if you achieve a GPA of 3.0 in the first 12 semester hours of credit, your admission status will change to “full” upon request.

Please send the following to the graduate coordinator:

  1. Letters of recommendation from three of your professors. The letters should discuss your class performance, aptitude for learning/economics, and any other skills. If you worked for some time after or during your undergraduate or later studies, you may submit one of those letters from your supervisor. The letters should be printed on their institutional letterheads. You may collect them from your references in sealed envelopes and put together with other documents, such as your admission application, in one packet before mailing. Alternatively, you may ask your references to write their letter and attach it electronically to an email to the graduate advisor:
  2. Your Statement of Purpose (SOP). This is your personal essay that describes your academic background, your interests, and how an economics graduate degree will help you achieve your career goals. If you are also applying for a graduate assistantship, give a brief explanation for why you need one. The SOP can also be attached to an email to the graduate advisor.

If you are going to be an international applicant, the OISS may ask you to send a Financial Affidavit. You may contact that office at for any related questions.

Please mail all materials for the departmental application to:
Mukti Upadhyay, Ph.D.
Department of Economics
Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920

Please note that the program admission requirements are different than the Graduate School requirements. You may also send the appropriate items above via email to the graduate coordinator: Mukti Upadhyay, Ph.D. at

Keep an Eye on Your Admission Status

You'll be able to keep tabs on the status of your application through MyEIU; you'll receive a message when you have been officially admitted to EIU!

Apply for an Assistantship

If you are interested in a graduate assistantship, you also need to submit a graduate assistantship application.

Graduate assistantships are typically awarded in accordance with the academic year. Assistantship applications are normally accepted through the middle of February; a decision for the next academic year comes within a month. For more information about graduate assistantships, please click here.

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Now you're ready for your first semester at Eastern! Welcome to the EIU family! We're glad to have you, and we're confident you'll be glad you came!

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Department of Economics

Coleman Hall
Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-2719

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