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A Unique Learning Experience 

The master's program in economics is among the first graduate degrees to be introduced at AUC. It was introduced 50 years ago in 1964. From its inception, the underlying theme of the program is to provide students with a strong background in theory, methodology and analytical abilities. While emphasizing theory and quantitative techniques, it enhances the full realization that applied research work is a necessity. Additionally, the program promotes the understanding of economic policy, which cannot be made without proper theoretical underpinnings. Both the Master of Arts in economics and the Master of Arts in economics in international development (MA ECONID) are accredited by the Egyptian Supreme Council of Universities.


 Masters of Arts in Economics

The MA program in economics is specifically designed to provide students with a strong theoretical foundation, solid quantitative skills and critical thinking tools necessary to succeed in a world-class doctoral program or advance through the ranks of their chosen professions. In addition, the program’s diverse curriculum and distinguished faculty members help prepare students to become ideal candidates for prestigious and challenging jobs in international, government and private institutions. The Masters of Arts in economics allows students to pursue one of two tracks: a thesis track or a non-thesis track. The thesis track allows candidates to complete their studies with a research project under the supervision of selected faculty members. The non-thesis track, on the other hand, requires students to complete a minimum of six credit hours in at least one of the concentration fields: Middle East economic development, competitive strategy and valuation, international economics or financial economic.

To check program details on AUC Catalog, please click here.

To check Master of Arts in economics brochure, please click here.  

Graduates of these programs will have the freedom to choose from a number of job opportunities such as in consultant firms, research institutes and international organizations. Masters of Arts in economics graduates have joined leading international, regional and local institutions and have been admitted to doctoral programs at prominent universities worldwide. Graduates of the MA ECONID have been employed in international organizations, representative offices and projects, non-governmental organizations and development-finance institutions.




“The MA program in economics was an ideal follow up to my BA at AUC. I was taught by the best professors, and it resulted in me publishing my MA dissertation in one of the best journals in my field, Econometric Theory. The MA more than qualified me for my doctoral studies at Oxford, where I felt I knew more advanced material than most of my cohort.”

Karim Abadir (MA ’91), Imperial College London

“As a graduate student of economics, I really benefited from the highly distinguished faculty members and their help, reflecting their experiences in very prestigious universities. I also profited from the huge library and its different resources, especially the online specialized databases and e-books, as well as the writing center with all the help and support provided by a devoted team whenever it is needed. All of this made my years of graduate study at AUC a really wonderful and enjoyable experience. When I moved to the professional world, my credentials were always highly regarded by my employers. Throughout my career, I benefitted from the knowledge I gained during my studies, the techniques of economic analysis that I learned and the problem-solving skills I developed. It was easy for me to accommodate all changing aspects of my career. All in all, it was a character-altering milestone in my life.”

Mona El Abiad

“It was great pleasure doing my MA in economics, which enhanced my theoretical understanding and enlightened my diplomatic career with the practical experience that is difficult to find in a university other than AUC. The knowledge I gained during my studies helped build a strong base from which I managed to excel in my career and allowed me to show excellence in my foreign posting, whether in India or in UN organizations in Vienna.”

Mohamed Helmy

“I have become an economist, not because of the exams I have passed and the books I have read, but rather through the capable professorship and sincere mentorship received through AUC’s economics program. The diverse backgrounds, rich experiences and dynamic interests of my professors helped shape my academic and professional ambitions, and I continue to sharpen my research and analytical skills through the department’s MA program.”

Sherif Fouda