Master of  Applied Econometrics

Program code: 5632

Delivery location

St Lucia


2 Years full-time (or part-time equivalent)


Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)

Advance your ability to analyse data and interpret results. This program will build your skills in applying mathematical and statistical methods to economic data, so you can inform decision-making, predict change, and provide quantitative insight into economic relationships.

  • The 32-unit Master of Applied Econometrics is designed for applicants with a basic level of economics knowledge and who can meet minimum GPA requirements. There are several ways you can meet admission requirements – see Program Details.
  • Receive comprehensive training in economic theory and econometrics. You'll begin with introductory and intermediate courses before quickly progressing to advanced-level courses on modern econometric models and related methods of analysis.
  • Choose from a range of electives and tailor your studies to suit your personal interests or your career goals. Electives include topics from mathematics, statistics, econometrics, and research – or you can complete a thesis on a topic of your choice.
  • Benefit from a degree that takes your background and experience into consideration. Depending on your level of training and expertise, you might be able to complete the Master of Econometrics in less than two years.

The Master of Applied Econometrics is designed to strengthen and extend your knowledge of econometrics, so you can apply theory to solve real problems.

  • Fast Facts

    Global standing

    According to Research Papers in Economics (RePEc), the UQ School of Economics is in the top 25 per cent of research institutions in the world – ranked 49th in the world and 2nd in Australia (April 2018). 

  • Professional experience

    Link up with industry and the profession

    The Faculty of Business, Economics and Law's award-winning Student Employability Team (SET) helps students develop their careers through internships, mentoring programs, inspirational guest speakers and career planning advice.

  • Teaching staff

    Our teachers are tops

    UQ is home to some of Australia's leading economics researchers who have earned a large number of prestigious awards, competitive research grants and fellowships. We also have specialist research centres including the Centre for Efficiency and Productivity Analysis.

  • Alumni
    "I’m confident that no matter where I end up working in economics, the strong analytical skills I have learned through this program will always work to my advantage." Tim Ludlow, MAE (2015)

Career outcomes

We take great pride in our graduates, who have have taken up important positions in central and merchant banks, economic centres within government, and in policy think-tanks, both in Australia and internationally.

Graduates with quantitative skills are in particularly high demand in both the public and private sectors. On several occasions, our MAE students have been head-hunted by employers before they completed their studies at UQ.

In the private sector, graduates typically work in areas like:

  • finance, as stockbrokers, or in insurance and banking
  • consulting firms, where they study economic trends
  • marketing and business, in areas like market research, logistics, and quantitative business analysis

In the public sector, they typically work in areas including:

  • policy
  • treasury
  • Australian Bureau of Statistics
  • Australian Tax Office
  • Reserve Bank of Australia.

Other graduates further their research ambitions and enrol in a Master of Philosophy or PhD program, where they develop their research skills and make significant contributions to knowledge.

Previous School of Economics graduates have studied at Yale, Harvard, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of Oxford.

  • Professional experience

    Give back and grow your network

    The Community Engagement Program (CEP) gives you opportunities to work on real-life projects with not-for-profit and community organisations. In small groups, you'll apply your classroom knowledge and experience, and develop your leadership and networking skills.


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    2 Years full-time (or part-time equivalent)
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
    Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 9

Admissions criteria


To enrol in the program, a person must hold -

  • the Graduate Certificate in Economic Studies or Graduate Diploma in Economics from this university, or equivalent, with a GPA of 4.5; or
  • a bachelor degree or equivalent as approved by the executive dean with a GPA of 4.5.

Learn more about the admissions process

Program structure


The courses offered in the Master of Applied Econometrics are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#).

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Master of Applied Econometrics. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Further study options

Graduates of the Master of Applied Econometrics have the opportunity to progress into the following programs:

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, please see Programs and Courses for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Government assistance


Domestic students who are accepted into the Master of Applied Econometrics pay tuition fees.

FEE-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their tuition fees.

Find out more about FEE-HELP.

Centrelink Support

The Australian Government offers a number of income-support payments to eligible Australian university students. For more information, visit the Centrelink website.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $32,960
Indicative fee 2019

An indicative annual fee is the average cost of enrolling in the Master of Applied Econometrics at 2019 fee rates. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units per academic year. The average fee would be less for part-time study. Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses, their unit value and the time you take to complete this program.

Fees may be higher in later years as all fees are reviewed annually.

Visit Student contributions and tuition fees for more information.


The University offers more than 200 scholarships for prospective students and more than 350 scholarships and prizes for current students.

Scholarships cover the full range of academic disciplines and are open to domestic students and international students.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying online

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All domestic student applications for the Master of Applied Econometrics can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form.

The program code for the Master of Applied Econometrics is 5632. You'll need this when applying.

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Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for postgraduate study.

The closing date for the Master of Applied Econometrics is:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - January 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 2 - June 30 of the year of commencement.

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

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