Overview

The Master of Advanced Economics is our flagship masters program and offers high-level, cutting-edge training in formal techniques of economic analysis and econometrics at a level similar to the first year in a US PhD program.

Although it is often taken as a pathway to PhD studies at UQ  it is also suitable as a standalone credential for those who want to fast-track their careers as economists in sectors that do not require a doctorate.

The Master of Advanced Economics #16 units is designed for students who have previously completed a bachelor honours degree or a postgraduate degree in economics or a cognate discipline and has been specifically designed to develop advanced technical skills in Economics.

The Master of Advanced Economics #24 units includes a research thesis component and is designed for students who have completed a bachelor's degree and who would like to undertake a research thesis over the summer semester after the MAE #16 courses.

Applying for entry

Entry to this program is competitive. You need to satisfy the Executive Dean that, based on your academic record, you are best qualified for admission. As a minimum, you must have completed a relevant Honours or postgraduate degree and achieved outstanding results. 

Applications will be considered in two rounds during the year.  However, commencement in the program is only in January each year.  Application deadlines are 30th April and 30th September each year. The selection committee will review all completed applications after the deadlines - only those with complete documentation will be reviewed.

Your application for the Master of Advanced Economics should be made via the Online Application portal and will need to include relevant supporting documents:

PhD pathway applicants

If you are intending to apply for the PhD directly after completion of the program then the School will require further documentation from you.

  • Academic CV - can be uploaded to the application portal.
  • Cover letter - a brief statement explaining your motivation for applying - can be uploaded to the application portal.
  • GMAT/GRE score sheets if you have them, although not mandatory. Can be uploaded to the application portal.
  • Two referee reports - for a blank report, request one at economics@uq.edu.au  These should be completed by your referees and emailed directly to economics@uq.edu.au.

If you have received a scholarship for the MAE then you are expected to apply for the PhD directly after completing the MAE program.