Admissions FAQ

Is the MQE Program new?

How long is the MQE program?

Can I complete the program part-time?

Are there any elective courses?

What is the total number of graduate students in your program?

May I visit the department?

Is there a comprehensive examination?

Is there a final project?

What kinds of jobs can I get after graduation from the MQE Program?

APPLICATION

What is the deadline for applying?

What are the minimum requirements for entry into your program?

Will I be notified when my application is complete? When will I know if I've been accepted?

May I apply for admission for the spring term?

Do you require official test scores?

Do you accept the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score in place of the TOEFL score?

What are the institutional / department codes for submitting GRE/TOEFL scores to the University of Pittsburgh?

FINANCIAL AID

Among newly admitted students, how many are awarded financial aid?

Do non-U.S. citizens qualify for financial aid?

ANSWERS

Is the MQE Program new?

Yes. MQE is a new degree program being offered by the Department of Economics that welcomed its first cohort of graduate students in August 2020.

How long is the MQE program?

The program is just 8 month, or 2 semesters (Fall and Spring). The program begins at the end of August and ends at the end of April, the following year.

May I apply for admission for the spring term?

No. The graduate curriculum is structured in a cohort over two semesters (fall and spring). Students may not enter the program in the spring semester.

Can I complete the program part-time?

No, the program is an intensive 8-month program and is only designed for full-time students.

Are there any elective courses?

No. You can see a list of all courses here.

What is the total number of graduate students in your program?

Our capacity is for 40 graduate students. 

May I visit the department?

Not at this time because of COVID-19.  Please e-mail Shannon Mischler, the MQE Program Director, and we can arrange for you to meet with the director and faculty virtually. 

Is there a comprehensive examination?

No.

Is there a final project?

Yes. The Spring semester has a Capstone course: Data Design for Economic Applications

What kinds of jobs can I get after graduation from the MQE Program?

MQE graduates can find jobs as analysts, economists and strategists in the public and private sector. The 2020 BLS reports the median annual wage for economists is $105.020.00 annually with job growth of 14% projected between 2019 to 2029. MQE graduates meet employer demand for well-rounded individuals who can bring economic insights and strategic thinking to data science. MQE graduates are equipped with skills in 1) economic modeling and intuition, 2) data science and econometrics, 3) communications and analytic storytelling, and 4) professionalism. 

The MQE Program offers each enrolled student holistic career services and connections with industry leaders. 

What is the deadline for applying?

The application deadline is March 15 of the year in which you plan to begin the program; however, the admissions process is rolling so you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

What are the minimum requirements for entry into your program?

Applicants who have a good mathematical background paired with basic training in undergraduate economics are welcome to apply. All applicants should have at least one semester of Calculus (does not include business calculus). A competitive application includes transcripts demonstrating a 3.0 or higher GPA, but any applicant who presents alternative evidence of superior ability may be admitted. Standardized tests like GRE or GMAT are not required, but they can be included as part of an application. International applicants from countries where English is not the official language are required to submit proof of proficiency in the English language.

Will I be notified when my application is complete? When will I know if I've been accepted?

You will be able to check the status of your application online. It is your responsibility to begin the application process early, to request transcripts and letters of recommendation in a timely manner, to make sure that the recommenders have actually written and submitted a letter, and to arrange to sit for any necessary exams well in advance of the deadline.

Admission decisions are typically announced within one month after your application has been submitted.  You will receive an e-mail notification followed by a formal letter. Please be sure that the e-mail address you provide on the application form will remain active for at least six months.

Do you require official test scores?

We do not require a GRE or GMAT score; however, you are welcome to submit those scores through the online application system.

The University of Pittsburgh requires a minimum TOEFL score of 90 or higher on the internet-based test. Within the department, we generally look for TOEFL scores above 90 on the internet-based test.

Do you accept the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score in place of the TOEFL score?

Yes.  The required TOEFL score is 90 (with a minimum of 22 in each section), the required IELTS score is 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 in all sections), or the required Duolingo English Test score is 110 or higher. 

What are the institutional/department codes for submitting GRE/TOEFL scores to the University of Pittsburgh?

GRE: the Institutional code for the University of Pittsburgh is 2927; the department code for Economics is 1801.

TOEFL: the institutional code for the University of Pittsburgh is 2927; the department code for Economics is 84.

Among newly admitted students, how many are awarded financial aid?

MQE is a professional graduate degree program so funding is limited and minimal. The exact number and amount depends on class size and budget constraints.

Do non-U.S. citizens qualify for financial aid?

Yes. Financial aid has no citizenship requirements, and awards are made to the most promising entering students as determined by the department's admissions committee.

Please see our Financial Resources website for more information.

If you have further questions, please contact Shannon Mischler, the MQE Program Director.