Graduate Programs in Applied Economics

Graduate Programs in Applied Economics

Organizations and agencies need program and policy analysts who are skilled in evidence-based quantitative methods, and who can apply economic research. Graduate Programs in Applied Economics focuses on building enhanced analytical skills and decision-making proficiency. The program offers graduate-level quantitative skills and training in economic modeling for professionals who seek to gain a significant, valuable advantage for career advancement. Graduate Programs in Applied Economics is offered through the Department of Economics in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. 

Graduate Programs in Applied Economics includes a master’s degree and graduate certificate as follows:

  • The Master of Science in Applied Economics (MS-Applied Economics) is a 30-credit (ten 3-credit courses) program has five core courses (15 credits) and five field courses (15 credits). The MS-Applied Economics provides training in economic reasoning, formulating and estimating economic models and forecasting, and utilizing quantitative methods to evaluate policy proposals and programs. The program emphasizes empirical skills, particularly data analysis and interpretation, with respect to economic and public policy applications. Focusing on the application of modern economic tools to the analysis of public policy questions, the MS-Applied Economics emphasizes the role of econometric analysis and economic policy analysis with a particular focus on real-world examples, data manipulation and management and modeling.
  • The Graduate Certificate in Economic Analysis (GC-Economics Analysis) is a 15-credit (five 3-credit courses) program that enhances quantitative and analytical skills and deepens the understanding of economic analysis. The program focuses on the role of econometric analysis in policy with particular focus on empirical skills, particularly data collection, manipulation, and management. Students who successfully complete requirements for the GC-Economics Analysis may apply these credits towards the MS-Applied Economics if the student applies and is admitted to the MS program.

Graduate Programs in Applied Economics features seminar-style, face to face learning with instruction provided by Department of Economics faculty and experts in the field. The program is offered at two locations. 

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