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The Levy Economics Institute Master of Science in Economic Theory and Policy offers an Early Decision deadline of November 15 and a Regular Decision deadline of January 15. Merit scholarship preferences will be given to those students applying for Early Decision. However, all applicants are eligible for financial aid. Financial aid is awarded based on each individual's merits and accomplishments both inside and outside the classroom.

M.S. Program Requirements

Applicants to the Levy Institute M.S. program must be either in their senior year (final year) of undergraduate study or have finished their undergraduate course work in economics, finance, math, or a related major with a focus on economics. The research-intensive Levy M.S. program makes use of advanced statistics and econometrics to measure, model, and predict the effects of policy and economic trends. As such, a strong background in math and econometrics is also recommended. For more information about specific requirements, please click here

B.A./M.S. 3+2 Program

In keeping with the College’s long history of curricular innovation, qualified students in economics and related fields may proceed directly from three years of undergraduate study at Bard to the two-year master’s degree program. Students earn both a liberal arts degree (B.A.) and a professional degree (M.S.) in five years. While the B.A. is granted only upon completion of the M.S., the 3+2 track offers highly motivated students the opportunity to expedite their graduate degree completion. Students enrolled at another institution can transfer to Bard as undergraduates to take part in the program. For more information, click here.


  • Matriculation Days
    Thursday, August 31, 2017 – Friday, September 1, 2017

  • Arrival Day for Returning Students
    Saturday, September 2, 2017

  • First Day of Classes
    Monday, September 4, 2017

The Levy Institute has published 1735 research publications to date.

Levy Publications

Oscar Valdes Viera, July 2017

Levy In the Media

Application Checklist

  • Complete the Online Application
  • Statement of purpose
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Unofficial transcripts submitted electronically, plus official transcripts mailed by the issuing institutions
  • Two recommendation letters (at least one must be academic)
  • GRE scores if applicable (applicants with GPA 3.4/4.0 or more need not send GRE scores)
  • TOEFL and/or IELTS scores for international students
  • Writing Sample (optional)
Financial Aid:
  • FAFSA and CSS profile for U.S. citizens and permanent residents
  • International applicants can find their forms here (both forms are needed).
  • All applicants are automatically considered for merit scholarships and fellowships.