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International M.A. Students

The University of Illinois Chicago is the city’s largest university and its only public Carnegie Research 1 institution. It has a thriving community of 4,000 international students, scholars, and employees from around the world. UIC is recognized as one of the best public universities and one of the most ethnically rich and culturally diverse campuses in the nation. Located in the heart of Chicago, it is an integral part of the educational, technological and cultural fabric of one of the world’s greatest cities.

  • Top 25 Ethnically Diverse and No. 11 for Social Mobility by U.S. News & World Report 2022-2023 Best Colleges

  • 46.8% of Economics graduate students are international in the 2022-2023 academic year

  • Top 10 Best Value Colleges in the nation by Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education

Why should international students consider an MA in Applied Economics at UIC? Heading link

  • The Applied MA provides an opportunity for international students to study in the United States and earn a degree in less than one year.
  • The program is STEM-accredited, meaning international students are eligible for up to three years of Optional Practical Training following graduation.
  • For international students interested in pursuing a PhD in Economics, the Applied MA can provide a helpful transition to become accustomed to graduate study in the US, complete necessary prerequisites for PhD programs, and better define areas of interest within Economics before applying to PhD programs.
  • UIC’s Office of International Services OIS supports students as they navigate life in the U.S. through immigration advising, cultural awareness and support, and advocacy.