Masters Program in Economics

Southern Illinois University



Masters Program in Economics

SIU’s Economics Masters program provides invaluable skills for those seeking high paying jobs in industry and government that apply quantitative analysis to economic issues. The program also prepares students for success in doctoral programs, either at SIU or elsewhere.   


Students can specialize in

  • Development Economics
  • International Economics
  • Monetary Economics
  • Or can create one’s own specialization by complementing the economics courses with a set of courses from other programs at SIU.

Most students complete the program in 1 ½ or 2 years although some have completed it in 12 months.    

Program level assistantships and university-level fellowships provide financial assistance, including a living stipend and tuition waiver.  SIU’s Financial Assistance for Graduate Students provides more detail. 

Our graduate students come from all over the world, providing a diverse environment in which to thrive

M.A. vs. M.S.

We offer both a Master of Arts (M.A.) and a Master of Science (M.S.) in Economics. Much of the coursework is the same although the M.A. requires a research paper whereas the M.S. requires a more extensive thesis. 

Please note that the M.S. is coded as a STEM field. Obtaining a STEM degree allows international graduates to remain in the U.S. for 3 years without an H1B Visa. A graduate from a non-STEM program like the M.A. can only remain the U.S. for one year without the H1B.     


Applications are processed through SIU’s Apply Now portal.  Please see the Graduate’s School’s application page for more details.  Then, create an account  and apply.

Details on what materials are needed for admission and an overview of the curriculum are provided in the Graduate Catalog (which also provides information on our doctoral program).

When to apply

We do not have a formal deadline. However, to receive full consideration for an assistantship, please submit a complete application by February 14th for fall admission. To receive full consideration for a first-year masters fellowship, please submit a complete application by December 15th for fall admission. 

Funding for spring admission is very limited and so those candidates seeking funding should seek fall admission.  Nevertheless, those not needing funding can still enter the program in spring and so can apply in the fall.    

Our Faculty

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Contact Information

For more information regarding our Masters Program, please contact:

Mahbub Morshed
Director of Graduate Studies in Economics


More general information regarding graduate study can be found at SIU's Graduate School

Good luck with all your future endeavors and we encourage you to apply!