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Program Overview


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 programs offer 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 includes a Master of Science and Graduate Certificate. The program welcomes full-time or part-time study. 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.

  • The Master of Science in Applied Economics (MS-Applied Economics) has a 30-credit curriculum 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.
  • The Graduate Certificate in Economic Analysis (GC-Economic Analysis) has a 15-credit curriculum 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

Graduate Programs in Applied Economics features seminar-style, face-to-face learning with instruction provided by university faculty and experts in the field. The program is offered at two locations. The learning formats are designed such that students can complete their program with minimal disruption to personal and professional life.

Academic Program Director Contact Information

Graduate Programs in Applied Economics is offered through the Department of Economics in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. Students with specific academic questions may contact:

Dr. John Straub
Department of Economics
College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
1102B Morrill Hall
7313 Preinkert Drive
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742-7211

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