Levy Economics Institute Master of Science
in Economic Theory and Policy

Application Checklist

  • Online application
  • Statement of purpose
  • CV
  • Transcript
  • Two recommendation letters (at least one must be academic)
  • GRE scores if applicable
Financial Aid:

The Bard–Levy 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 after submitting the necessary forms. Applications will be reviewed on the individual's merits and accomplishments both in and outside the classroom.

M.S. Program

Applicants to the Levy Institute M.S. program must have:
  • a baccalaureate or equivalent degree*
  • should have college-level calculus (multivariate), economics (intermediate microeconomics and macroeconomics at a minimum), statistics and/or econometrics,
  • two or three 300-level economics electives, and/or relevant courses.
Work experience, internships, and/or volunteering in related fields are also recommended. GREs are required for students who have less than a 3.4 cumulative undergraduate GPA. VIEW MORE >>

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. Interested Bard students should apply in their junior year. Interested students should inquire as soon as possible to ensure they meet all requirements. VIEW MORE >>


Tuition and program fees for the 2014–15 academic year are:
Tuition: $30,000.
Registration Fee: $100
Facilities Fee: $150
Health Services Fee: $470

Financial Aid

The Levy Institute M.S. program provides need-based financial aid. A number of merit-based scholarships are available through the Levy Economics Institute. VIEW MORE >>

Health Insurance

All students must carry health insurance while enrolled at Bard.

Bard Basic Insurance:

Students may opt out of Bard Basic Insurance only if they already have adequate health insurance coverage.
*Equivalent Degrees:
Applicants holding a European three-year baccalaureate will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Select students may qualify for a 3+2 study course where the undergraduate degree is awarded at the completion of the M.S.