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Master of Arts in Economics

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Discover the Why: Theory + Analytics = Real-World Applications

The Master of Arts in Economics combines a solid foundation in economics with an emphasis on practical applications. You’ll develop real-world economic and financial experience, covering a vast array of industry-related topics such as sales and revenue forecasting, marketplace trend analysis, econometric modeling and more — all of which are some of the most sought-after skills in business and government today.

Why Choose MAEcon?

Flexible Curriculum

You’ll select from one of three tracks: economics, financial economics or thesis. Each track includes a common core of macroeconomics, microeconomics, econometrics and statistics and student-selected electives, allowing for personalization that fits your career interests — whether you want to work in business, government or the finance sector or go on to earn a Ph.D.

Top-Ranked Faculty

You’ll learn from world-renowned faculty who are not only thought leaders in their fields but have relevant industry experience in banking and finance as well as state, national and international economics. What’s more, you’ll be paired with a faculty advisor who will help you select classes and guide you through the program.

Increased Earning Potential

By investing two semesters beyond a bachelor’s degree, you’ll vastly increase your skillset and see a significant salary increase upon graduation. Non-thesis track students go on to work at top corporations and government agencies; thesis-track students are accepted into esteemed doctoral programs across the nation.

Where Can Your Economics Degree Take You?

  • Business (small or corporate)
  • Ph.D. research or teaching in economics, finance or law
  • Government
  • Private or public industry
  • Public policy administration

Specialties by Track

  • Public Policy Analyst
  • Econometrician
  • Statistician
  • Consultant
  • Data Scientist
  • Actuary
  • Investment Manager
  • Financial Analyst
  • Consultant
  • Research Analyst
  • College Professor


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