The Master of Applied Economics, is a flexible two-year degree designed to prepare professional economists.

Graduates will gain broad and advanced knowledge and practical skills in Economics with a wide selection of expertise in research and communication skills. A practicum is available for students seeking work experience in the field of Economics.

This program is delivered face-to-face and online to allow for most flexibility and accommodate various learning styles.

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Why choose this degree?

If you are interested in developing capabilities in Economics, including global and cultural competencies, critical thinking, and business communication skills.

Who should choose this degree?

Professionals looking to upskill in the field of Economics.

Degree Structure

Degree Handbook

Career Opportunities

UNSW Business School's Career Accelerator portfolio offers students exclusive access to a suite of for-credit, co-curricular and business experience opportunities to kick start your career.

Entry requirements

A recognised bachelor’s degree from an Australian university or equivalent overseas institution with a minimum overall grade of 65%, as determined by UNSW Postgraduate Coursework Entry Calculator.

Students' prior learning will be recognised to reduce the program duration. For students with Bachelor of Economics or Bachelor of Business degree with economics specialisation or equivalent, Honours or Graduate Diploma, the 5 core courses may be waived.

For students with prior work experience of at least one year in the private or public sector (for example, clerical or administrative work in a commercial, not-for-profit or public service organisation, supervisory or management, banking, finance or marketing experience or other business-related positions) the prescribed economics practicum may be waived.

Additionally, students who have completed the Graduate Certificate in Economics (7412) with a minimum WAM of 65% can apply to articulate into this Masters coursework program and will receive 24 UOC of Advanced Standing.

Assumed knowledge: A level of knowledge equivalent to a first-year undergraduate mathematics subject is assumed. Students without such knowledge are advised to contact the Postgraduate Coursework Director in Economics, complete an appropriate self-assessment of university mathematics knowledge before the commencement of their first term and complete a Maths bridging course where appropriate.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted through our Apply Online portal. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term.

Some high-demand programs with limited places may have an earlier application deadline or commencement date. Find out more.



2021 Indicative First Year Fee


2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree


*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year).

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below.

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