Financial Aid

Duke Economics is committed to helping students defray the cost of graduate study. We also seek to provide valuable learning opportunities to our master's students as research assistants, teaching assistants, graders, and research support staff.

We offer the following to eligible students:

Tuition Waivers 

(No work requirement.)

Need-based: Offered at the time of admission and based on a mix of need, merit, field of interest diversity, and student body heterogeneity criteria; admitted applicants must contact Grace Kim, director of admissions. 

Merit awards: In recognition of strong academic performance, we additionally offer 5-20 percent tuition waivers to nearly half of all MAE students after the completion of their first and second semesters. Criteria include both GPA (taking into consideration course difficulty) and faculty nomination. This is not currently offered to MQFE, MSEC, or MAPE students.

Student Job Opportunities

Research Assistantships: These assistantships are intended to enhance research experiences and collaboration between master's students and Department of Economics faculty; standard appointments are made on a per-semester basis (including summers) as result of mutual agreement between individual faculty and students.

In addition, many master's students are hired as graduate (teaching or research) assistants in other units, including the Fuqua School of Business, Law School, Sanford School of Public Policy, Nicholas School of the Environment, and the Global Health Institute.

Please see the Graduate School's information on financial aid for more possibilities.

Funded positions: These are external positions that may include:

  • Research assistant positions in the Social Science Research Institute (SSRI)
  • Computer and research support staff in Bostock Library’s ArcGIS lab
  • Teaching assistants for the Department of Statistical Science
  • Teaching assistants for the Department of Computer Science