Master of Science in Economics and Master of International Affairs Combined Degree Program
The Department of Economics and the Bush School of Government & Public Service work together to process applications and admit students into the Master of Science in Economics and Master of International Affairs (MS ECON-MIA) Combined Degree.
First, applicants apply to the Master of Science in Economics (MS ECON) by submitting an application through the Texas A&M University GraduateCAS application system (GradCAS). If admitted, the student enrolls in the Economics degree.
In the fall semester of the student’s first year of enrollment in the MS ECON degree, the student applies for admission into the Master of International Affairs (MIA) for fall entry of their second year. The MIA program admits MS ECON students into the MIA portion of the degree once per year, for fall entry only.
To apply to the MIA portion of the program, applicants submit an MIA Internal Application (no application fee) by the application deadline. Some items (such as recommendations) from the student’s MS ECON application will be used for the applicant’s MIA application, but some materials (such as an International Experience Essay) are only required to apply to the MIA and therefore, must be submitted via the MIA Internal Application. See our MS ECON-MIA Admission Requirements page for details.
Completed applications (those not missing any materials) are reviewed by the MIA Admissions Committee in late January to determine who is invited to the second stage of the MIA application process; interviews.
Those selected to interview with MIA faculty/staff are notified via email in early February and are asked to schedule an interview with two different faculty and/or staff members to continue in the MIA admissions process. Applicants are encouraged to attend and complete their interviews during Interview Conference Weekend. However, for those unable to attend Interview Conference Weekend, alternative interviews will be scheduled and completed via Zoom throughout the month of February.
Once applicants have all been interviewed, the MIA Admissions and Scholarship Committee meet in early March to make final admissions and scholarship decisions for those admitted to the MIA portion of the program. The Bush School’s Admissions Office and the Economics Admissions Office work together to notify applicants of their final admission decision for the MIA portion.
If an applicant is admitted to the MIA, they will receive an offer letter from the Bush School’s Admissions Office stating the scholarship they’ve been awarded for the MIA portion of the program. Applicants offered admission have until April 15 to accept or decline their offer(s).
Those who accept their offer of admission into the MIA portion of the MS ECON-MIA combined degree are then provided instructions and next steps for enrolling in classes, meeting their classmates, and so on. Students will enroll in Bush School courses in the fall semester of their second year, beginning in mid-August with a required MIA New Student Orientation the week prior to the start of the fall semester.