Admission and Cost

Prior Degree Work

  • You must hold a bachelor’s degree and have completed four years worth of college-level work.
  • Applicants from countries with three-year bachelor’s degrees (and no subsequent studies) can seek admission to the 4th-year-bridge program, which involves taking additional undergraduate classes at Cal State East Bay before entering the master’s program.

Admission Criteria

  • There is no one profile that we’re looking for, but your academic (or, if applicable, professional) record should indicate prior exposure to an analytical discipline and basic to intermediate proficiency in mathematics and statistics.
  • Typically (not always), entering students will have taken intermediate-level economics classes before, as well as calculus.
  • Most admitted students have GPAs well above 3.0, but we consider recent results or specific circumstances you might explain in your statement.
  • If you feel confident that you can succeed in a graduate economics program, you should apply and tell us why.

How to Apply

  • The MA Economics program accepts applications for entry in the fall, winter, or spring quarter. Deadlines are listed hereContact us with any questions.
  • Applications are submitted online through the Cal State Apply. There is an application fee.
  • Official transcripts from educational institutions you list in your application are sent to (domestic students):

California State University, East Bay
Planning and Enrollment Management, SA 3100
25800 Carlos Bee Boulevard
Hayward, CA  94542 

  • or (international students)
California State University, East Bay
International Admissions Office, SF 102
25800 Carlos Bee Boulevard
Hayward, CA  94542
  • International students must also submit TOEFL (at least 213 computer-based or 92 internet-based) or IELTS (at least 7) scores if they do not hold a bachelor’s degree from an English-speaking institution.
  • Taking a standardized test, such as the GMAT or GRE, is optional at this point. A good score on the quantitative part (> 75th percentile) can be a strong point in your favor. Photocopies of score reports are acceptable, subject to verification at our discretion.
  • Resumes, letters of recommendation, or work samples are also optional. Mail any additional materials you wish us to consider to the above address (or e-mail to cbe_grad@csueastbay.edu).

Cost and Financial Aid

  • Regular Cal State East Bay graduate tuition and fees apply to the MA Economics. Current information is available on the university’s Cost and Financial Aid page.
  • MA students may qualify for scholarships or financial aid administered by the university (see the relevant links on the Cost and Financial Aid page).
  • In addition, the economics department is sometimes able to make merit-based awards (such as the Guillermo Fellowships). They are typically available to students who are already enrolled and will not cover large portions of the cost of attendance.