440.692 Thesis

Students may undertake their own research project for credit as an 11th program course. Prior to proposing a project, interested students must have clearly identified a research topic, and a mentor who is familiar with their prospective inquiry, and is willing to provide guidance and oversee the project. The mentor must be faculty teaching at the Johns Hopkins University. Students then submit a formal proposal for review and approval to the Program Director, to be received no later than one month prior to the beginning of the term in which the student plans to enroll in the course. Students must meet with the mentor periodically for discussion of the project’s progress, and must complete a research paper, to be approved by the mentor and the Program Director. The best papers will be made available to the public on Hopkins’ electronic research repository JScholarship. Instructions for applying to enroll and meeting the standards of the course are available here.

Enrollment of the student can only be undertaken by the Program Director. Candidates must plan on using two semesters to successfully complete an Independent Research project. Prerequisites: All four Core courses and Microeconometrics or Macroeconometrics, and one or more Applied Economics courses in the substantive area of the proposed research, plus a strong academic record (at least B+ average) in at least eight program courses, are absolute minima. Admission is by selection.

State-specific Information for Online Programs

Note: We currently are not accepting applications to the online MS in Applied Economics from students who reside in Kansas. Students should be aware of additional state-specific information for online programs.