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Advising & Curriculum Overview


Mentoring and advisement is an essential part of the program. Students meet with faculty and the program director to ensure that educational goals are being met. For a personal consultation about your career plans and how Graduate Programs in Economic Analysis can empower you to meet your goals, contact the Academic Program Director, Dr. John Straub, via email:

Curriculum Overview

Graduate Programs in Applied are offered in two meeting formats: College Park, MD (UMCP) and Washington, D.C. (WDC). The programs include a Master of Science and Graduate Certificate. The curriculum is the same for both meeting formats.

Curriculum Overview, MS-Applied Economics

The MS-Applied Economics is a 30-credit, 10-course graduate program that 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 program emphasizes the role of econometric analysis and economic policy analysis with a particular focus on real-world examples, data manipulation and management and modeling.  To complete the program, students take five 3-credit core courses (15 credits) and five 3-credit field courses (15 credits).

Curriculum Overview, GC-Economic Analysis

The GC-Economics Analysis is a 15-credit, 5-course graduate program designed to enhance quantitative and analytical skills and deepen 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 Graduate Certificate may apply these credits towards the Master of Science if the student applies and is admitted.

Learning Outcomes, MS-Applied Economics

Upon successful completion, graduates will have mastered the following competencies:

  • The collect, evaluate, understand and analyze economic data.
  • To understand and interpret statistical results and apply empirical evidence to economic arguments.
  • To articulate and apply standard macroeconomic theories and models to policy discussions.
  • To articulate and apply standard microeconomic theories and models to policy discussions.
  • To interpret and communicate economic models to a wider audience.
  • To measure and evaluate the effectiveness of policy programs using sound econometric techniques.

Note Regarding WDC Format

Students admitted into the WDC format may only enroll courses/sections offered in the WDC format. For the WDC format, pursuant to DC’s Official Code, the District of Columbia Higher Education Licensure Commission is the agency of last resort in the grievance process.

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