Master of Economic Analysis

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

Please note: There is also a Master of Economics for those students seeking a pathway into a career in economics.

The Master of Economic Analysis is an advanced and challenging graduate program in economics for highly focused students, whether they aspire to be admitted to the top economics PhD programs in the world or to positions of intellectual leadership as professional economists in government, NGOs or the private sector.

The University of Sydney School of Economics comes from a long tradition that started in 1920. The quality of our teaching is anchored in the strength of our research, which is considered world class in areas ranging from Macroeconomics to Applied Economics. The Master of Economic Analysis is designed as an elite degree for the highest achieving students who wish to obtain an advanced, state-of-the-art training in economics and apply this to important real-world problems.

Small classes of similarly highly motivated peers ensure focused attention from professors and an inspiring classroom experience. Training will cover the advanced tools of economic modeling, and how to apply these models to understand and analyse real-world phenomena from public policy and law to financial markets and firm strategy. You will also learn the art and science of working with data using sophisticated tools of econometrics, which is increasingly essential in the professional world.
Applicants with a strong background in mathematics will be considered for admission regardless of prior economics education. Please contact the degree director for advice.

Please note: The units of study listed below are subject to change and are to be used as a guide only.

Course outline

For an up-to-date list of units of study for this degree, please refer to the online postgraduate handbook.

Study plan


To qualify for the award of the Master of Economic Analysis a candidate must complete 72 credit points, including: (a) 24 credit points from core units of study; and (b) a minimum of 24 credit points from core elective units of study; and (c) a maximum of 12 credit points from elective units of study (d) 12 credit points of capstone units of study.

Embedded courses

Further course information

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

Graduates of the Master of Economic Analysis will be able to pursue a career as professional economists in academia, government or the private sector. Our graduates include Nobel Laureate in Economics and game theory pioneer John Harsanyi, Reserve Bank of Australia Governor Glenn Stevens and Professor of Economics and Public Policy Justin Wolfers (University of Michigan).

Admission

Admission requirements

Admission to candidature for the Master of Economic Analysis requires:

(a) a bachelor’s degree from the University of Sydney, including a major in Economics with a minimum distinction (75 percent) average, or an equivalent qualification or

(b) completion of the requirements for the embedded Graduate Diploma in Economic Analysis or an equivalent qualification.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Australian citizens, permanent residents, New Zealand citizens, and holders of a permanent humanitarian visa, apply through the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - click on the 'Apply now' icon on this page to proceed with your application. 

To be considered for a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), a completed application must be received by the 30th November for semester 1, 2015 and 30 May 2015 for semester 2, 2015.

Please refer to the following link for application details: sydney.edu.au/arts/future_students/scholarships.shtml

International students

How to apply

Overseas applicants may apply:

(i) directly to the University, via the International Office. For information about closing dates and application procedures, visit the International Office website; or

(ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent).

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount

This student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. If you are a Commonwealth supported student and was enrolled in a University course before 1 January 2013 your student contribution may differ.

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount

Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

This 2014, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2013 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents

Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.

International students

International tuition fees for postgraduate students

This 2014, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. The University's Future Students' webpage has further information about these additional incidental fees for postgraduate coursework students and postgraduate research students.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.