Master's Programs

The MS in Economics provides students with a deep understanding of the theoretical and empirical foundations of economics and the quantitative tools required for research careers in economics. It is excellent preparation for students who wish to go on to careers in consulting firms, government and international agencies, teaching, the financial sector, and research. The master’s program also provides exceptional background for students who wish to go on to doctoral study in economics or related subjects, such as public policy, marketing, finance and accounting.

Students can choose from two degree program tracks, the MS course-based track and the MS research-based track. Both degree tracks prepare students looking for advancement in both professional and academic careers. All students are initially accepted into the course-based track and may apply to transfer to the research-based track at the end of the second semester of the first year. Both MS Programs carry STEM certification.

In addition, the Department of Economics also offers a joint MS in Economics and Urban and Environmental Policy, in conjunction with the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy.


MS in Economics

Students can choose from two MS in Economics program tracks:

  • The MS course-based track — An eight-course program, which can be completed in one year, without a thesis.
  • The MS research-based track — A twelve-course program to be completed in two years, with a master's thesis.

Fifth-Year Master’s Degree Program: BS/MS in Economics

The combined degree in Economics (BS/MS) couples a Bachelor of Science in Quantitative Economics with the two-year research-based Master of Science degree. Students complete the combined BS/MS five years.

Joint MS in Environmental Economics and Urban Planning

This joint degree consists of one master's degree awarded by two graduate departments when a student meets the core master's requirements of both departments. This program takes two years to complete, or the completion of 14 credits.


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