Economics Degrees

“I felt like an economics degree would provide me with the hard skills that would make me competitive in the work place.”
— Emily Lichtenheld

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BA – Economics and BS – Economics

The bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees allow students to understand social phenomena from an economics perspective of benefits and costs. They also enable students to think critically about choices in the face of limited resources in order to understand more clearly the societal and economic consequences of such decisions.

The bachelor of science degree requires two math courses and an econometrics course that are not required with the bachelor of arts degree. Owing to of the importance of quantitative skills to economists, courses that cover mathematics, statistics and econometrics are part of both majors. Other courses include public and international finance, microeconomics and macroeconomics.

MS – Economics

The master of science in applied economics degree provides an excellent graduate-level education in economics, with emphasis on the development of theoretical understanding of economic phenomena, quantitative skills that can be applied to economic problems, and critical thinking to understand how to best apply economic theory and quantitative skills to real-world problems.

Graduates are prepared for employment in banking or financial institutions, insurance, consulting, corporate strategic planning, real estate, journalism, management, marketing, labor arbitration, regulation, environmental and urban and regional planning, and quantitative analysis. They may also choose to pursue further studies in PhD programs in social sciences, business or law.

PhD – Economics

The PhD degree provides a cutting-edge education in economic theories and the development of a rigorous toolkit of mathematical and econometric techniques. Students also gain extensive exposure to various research areas in economics that allow them to think critically about how to approach the analysis of economic problems and contribute to the knowledge base of the discipline. The program is particularly strong in the areas of behavioral/experimental economics; public economics; and the economics of education.