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Economics, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #531 (QS) , NY,
Students from The New School can study Economics as a major (BA, Economics), a minor, or a guided area of study within a self-designed major (BA or BS, Liberal Arts). A bachelor's-master's degree option is also available.


The Economics major at Eugene Lang College puts informed, critical, and passionate investigation of the economic dynamics of contemporary society at the heart of its teaching and research. It’s an approach that the renowned economist, author, and New School professor Robert Heilbroner (1919-2005) called “the worldly philosophy.”

Through the interdisciplinary study of economics from The New School, you’ll be empowered to participate effectively in debates about some of the central unresolved dilemmas of modern society, including:

  • Economic development in rich and poor countries
  • Inequality and unemployment
  • Economic aspects of class, gender, racial, and ethnic divisions

You’ll explore world financial markets and institutions, study the history and philosophy of economics, and be trained in the quantitative methods of the field: economic modeling, econometrics, and the application of statistics to the understanding of economic issues.

While it offers the atmosphere and intimacy of a small college, Eugene Lang College is part of The New School, a major progressive university in New York City. That means that you may take an interdisciplinary approach to economics, combining it with the study of other fields, such as philosophy or global studies. You’ll have access to world-famous and leading scholars in alternative economics whose expertise includes economic development, labor, the environment, the economics of poverty and aging, international economics, and Marxian and Keynesian economics.

New York City, home of the United Nations and Wall Street, offers a wealth of internship and work opportunities for economics students. As part of their coursework, students have visited the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the New York Stock Exchange, apparel factories in Chinatown, and the United Nations.

Career Pathways

Training in quantitative methods prepares you for further study in economics; for careers in law, politics, business, and the media; for work in business, social activism, politics, media, and a wealth of other possibilities. Our graduates have made careers with the United Nations and other international organizations, and in government, trade unions, community development organizations, and environmental groups.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • History of Economic Thought
  • Introductory statistics (e.g., Statistics for the Social Sciences or Statistics with SPSS) or introductory econometrics (e.g., Introduction to Econometric Methods and Applications) or the equivalent.
  • Either one semester of Calculus, Math Tools for Social and Natural Sciences, or the equivalent, as approved by an advisor.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

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Academic Requirements

  • Complete the Common Application. All applicants are required to apply online.
  • A nonrefundable $50 application fee, payable as part of the online application.
  • Official Transcripts
  • Essays
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Test Scores
  • SAT, ACT and SAT Subjects

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1640 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1640 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    1640 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1640 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for New York City

  • 1819 - 3970 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


The New School maintains an extensive program of scholarships and grants-in-aid based on academic merit and demonstrated financial need. Awards are usually made as part of the admission process. Institutional scholarships may be combined with government supported grants and loans in a single financial aid package. Scholarships and grants are normally applied to tuition costs. They can range from several hundred dollars to full tuition and do not require repayment.

Scholarships may be reduced or canceled if requested applications and verification documents are not received by the stated deadlines. Need-based scholarships do not automatically renew for the same amount in subsequent years. Changes in need calculations, late FAFSA submission, or refusal of a subsidized student loan may result in a modified award.
Undergraduate Students
  • U.S. citizens and permanent residents must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for a financial aid package.
  • International students in the NSPE undergraduate program or a Parsons AAS program must file the Undergraduate International Student Scholarship Applications to be considered for financial aid.
  • There is no separate aid application for other international undergraduates.
All undergraduate students are considered for scholarships based on their academic merit. Availability of institutional merit-based scholarships varies according to academic program. Students who file FAFSA or the Undergraduate International Student Scholarship Application will be considered for institutional scholarships based on merit and demonstrated financial need. U.S. citizens and eligible residents may qualify for U.S. government and New York State fellowships and grants based on merit and financial need.

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