Master of Science in Economics

The College of Business and Economics offers a 15-month Master of Sciences in Economics to prepare graduates for careers and advanced studies in economics and public policy.   The MS in Economics is an academically rigorous program with a strong quantitative component, targeting students who have professional experience and aspirations in the fields of economics, finance and forecasting.  

Program Goals and Student Learning Outcomes provide students, faculty, administrators, and external stakeholders with a shared understanding of the purpose of the program and what graduates are expected to know and be able to do.

The curriculum aims to:

  • Equip students with theoretical knowledge, quantitative skills, and analytical abilities to investigate and solve economic problems.
  • Prepare students for careers and advanced studies in a wide range of fields in economics.

Program Goals are broken down into measurable student learning outcomes, which are addressed in various courses throughout the curriculum.  In addition to core courses, the program provides breadth in three areas: Finance, Metrics and Modeling, and Policy, as well as a number of additional elective courses. 

Program goals are supplemented by university-wide goals and student learning outcomes, assuring that graduates are not only well-grounded specialists but also well-rounded individuals, able to think critically and creatively, to learn on their own, to understand different kinds of thinking, to work in teams, and to deal with people from different cultures and disciplines.

The program aims to prepare graduates for careers in public and private banking or financial institutions, insurance, consulting, corporate strategic planning, real estate, management, marketing, environmental and urban and regional planning, and quantitative analysis. Graduates may also choose to pursue further studies in PhD programs in economics, social sciences or business.