1. Distinguish yourself with a master's degree that Forbes considers amongst the top 10 for jobs in 2015.
  2. Broaden existing training with skills transferable across industries and government.
  3. Develop analytical skills to independently model and research public and private sector issues.
  4. Build technical skills to create predictive models and metrics with actionable results.
  5. Refine technological skills to construct, display, and analyze large data sets.

  • The Master's program in the Department of Economics will provide you with a balance between a core of microeconomic, macroeconomic, and econometric theory and a wide variety of applied courses.
  • You will get experiential learning in the form of internships and writing several research papers on current economic policy issues using empirical data.
  • After completing this program your core competencies includes critical thinking skills, hypothesizing and solving problems, data acquisition skills, data analysis techniques, the application of economic theory to analyze economic data, writing and reporting skills, and competency in the use of technical computer software.
  • After completing this program you have job opportunities in a wide variety of fields which include professional careers in business, banking, financial services, federal, state and local government, consulting, and not-for-profit organizations.
  • The Master’s program in economics also provides you with a solid foundation for pursuing a PhD degree in economics or further graduate studies in related fields such as business and law.

  • The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in its job outlook concludes that employment of economists will increase by 14 percent between 2012 and 2022. The BLS states that “[j]ob prospects should be best for those with a master’s degree or Ph.D., strong analytical skills, and related work experience.” (http://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/economists.htm)
  • A recent Wall Street Journal article (March 17, 2014) observes a surge in demand for corporate economists as firms cope with “more data available than ever before and markets increasingly unpredictable”. http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052702303636404579393133588921584
  • The National Association of Business Economists (NABE) conducts a biennial survey of its members about their base salary and their level of educational attainment. The results from their 2014 survey are summarized in the table below.

       Median Base Salary   
for Economists
Bachelor's                    $71,000
Master's              $111,000
Ph.D.              $160,000

Source: National Association for Business Economics, Salary Characteristics, 2014, http://www.nabe.com/Careers/index