MS in Applied Economics (MSAE)

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Welcome the Master's program in Applied Economics at the University of San Francisco, the world's first economics program focused entirely on the digital economy.  Below are some suggestions and links that may be helpful for admitted students.  (Prospective applicants should go here to get more information.)

On-Campus Graduate Housing Application (Due on or before May 1st)

Register for Fall Classes (More info here)

Visas for foreign students

The process of applying for a visa is complicated and the outcome difficult to predict.  Here are some websites with tips for maximizing your chances of approval.

10 Tips for a Successful Visa Interview

Question to Expect During Your F1 Visa Interview

These are just two of many many sites.  Please research and prepare thoroughly to make sure nothing gets in the way of you studying with us!

Summer Start

All students are encouraged to take the 3-week Econ Camp, which starts on July 8th, 2019. This provides an intensive review of the core principles of microeconomic and macroeconomic analysis.

Students are also encouraged the 3-week Math/Stats Camp, which begins on July 29th, 2019.  This course provides a review of calculus, probability, and statistics.

Both of these courses are intended as a review.  As such, they should prove useful even for students who already completed coursework on similar material. If you have not studied these topics previously you should make every effort to study the material before arriving. Arriving early to take these courses will also give you more time to settle in to San Francisco and get to know your classmates before beginning regular courses in the fall semester.

Useful Review Materials


Calculus Cookbook for David Kreps's Microeconomics for Managers.

Video lectures on by Duke University Professor David Siegel that go from algebra review up through highly advanced topics you don't need to know (yet).

Khan Academy Videos

Ultimately, the most important part of learning math or economics is not reading or watching lectures, it's solving problems. Here is a great set of calculus problems from UC Davis.  Here are some more. If you think you know calculus, try these and see how far you can get without checking the answers.


Statistics and Probability

Khan Academy



CoreEcon. If you have never studied economics before, this open-access platform and textbook provides a fresh, innovative, and highly applied introduction to the essential principles of micro and macroeconomics you should know.

Marginal Revolution University Principles of Microeconomics.  Highly engaging video lectures, with sample problems.  Watch all the videos and do the practice problems before you arrive on campus.  Register and take the free final exam to get a certification and impress us!

Informative background reading

These are some relatively easy background readings ("beach readings") that will get you thinking more like an economist before you arrive on campus. Also great English practice for non-native speakers.  An economist who can't communicate the results of the analysis will not get very far.

The Art of Strategy, by Avinash Dixit and Barry Nalebuff explains the way the mathematical insights of game theory can be applied to business and everyday life.

Freakonomics, by Steve Levitt and Stephen Dubner. Engaging essays on how modern empirical economics can shed light in unexpected places.

The Undercover Economist, by Tim Harford.  Essays by a Financial Times columnist on the economics of everyday life and a lot more.

The Economics podcasts here are also a great gentle introduction into how economists think about current policy issues and the frontiers of research and are also good English listening practice.

These movies and TV shows featuring economists will mostly not teach you anything about economics, but they are fun!

Here is a collection of news articles and other resources about Tech Economics.  Most are quite short.


Who is my advisor?

Each student will have a short advising session with the Program Director in late August. We will contact you in early August via email to set up an appointment.  

How long does the program take?

The program is a four-semester, 33-unit, two-year program for full-time students.  Part-time students who take two classes per semester may be able to finish in three years.

How do I register for classes each semester?    


Each semester, following your first semester you will receive an email from the OneStop office that is sent to your USFConnect email address that will tell you when registration for the following semester will begin. Follow this link to the USF Academic Calendar (the right of screen under "Quick Links") which indicates your future registration dates as a continuing student: 

Can I do the program part-time? 


Yes, perhaps a quarter of our students do the program this way.  If you take an average of two classes per semester students with adequate preparation can finish the program in three years. 

How will the ECON Department contact me to provide me with more important information?

It is very important to note that once you are a registered student, the Department will no longer use your personal email address to send you important email broadcasts. Therefore, you must take action to have your myUSF emails automatically forwarded to one of your personal email accounts that you regularly check, or check your myUSF email regularly.


How do I have myUSF emails automatically forwarded to one of personal email accounts?


It's easy! Log onto your myUSF account with your username and password. The information was provided to you by our Graduate Admissions Office via email shortly after you received your acceptance letter. If you cannot find this information now, then please contact USF’s ITS Department at 422-6668 for this information. 



Once you are logged into your myUSF account, go to “email”, click on “options”, click on “settings” where you will see the “mail forwarding” field to fill in.

How do I get my OneCard (aka USF Identification card)? 

You must first be registered for classes before you can go to the OneCard office (located on Lone Mountain, 1st floor, room 130) to get your photo taken and your OneCard issued to you.  Bring your ID (passport for international students; state ID or driver's license for domestic students) as you will be asked to identify yourself.


How do I get my textbooks for each class?


All textbooks are available in the USF Bookstore a week or two before class.

Or online: go to, log in to your student dashboard, click "self-service", click "registration", then click "buy textbooks online."  


Is there campus parking?

You can inquire about the  types of parking permits via USFs Public Safety Office:

Telephone: ( 415) 422-4222

Street parking right outside the campus area is generally difficult to find Monday - Friday.