Bachelor’s to MA in Applied Economics

ACcelerated Masters Program
Online Only

Earn your bachelor’s degree and an MA in Applied Economics in just five years.

Our master’s graduates earn on average about 30% more per year than those with a bachelor’s degree in economics. That amounts to over a million dollars of increased earnings over a lifetime. Entry-level salaries of our master’s graduates are typically in the $55,000 to $85,000 range. Kiplinger’s magazine recently declared the MA in Economics to be one of “10 advanced degrees worth the debt” and projected the mid-career salary for a person holding an MA in Economics to be $115,300.

Of our graduates in recent years, 90% have found work in their chosen fields within three months of graduation, with about half of those graduates having job offers in hand before graduation.

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Higher placements and careers

The MA in Applied Economics is a STEM program designed for students who seek careers in business, finance, or government as economists, forecasters, policy analysts, economic researchers, or managers with strong quantitative skills. Our graduates have been hired by employers in a wide variety of organizations such as research institutes, medical centers, financial institutions, and federal and state governments.

Because our MA in Applied Economics program gives its graduates a unique combination of theory, policy analysis, and data analytic skills, our graduates are well positioned for promotions after their initial placements.

Program Features

  • Begin your graduate studies while completing your bachelor’s degree. Up to 12 hours of graduate coursework can count toward both degrees.
  • An optional graduate certificate can be earned along with your MA in Applied Economics degree.
  • Value! Low-cost graduate degree for a high-demand, well-compensated career.
  • Emphasis on career preparation and dedicated resources for Bryan School graduate students.
  • No application fee. No GRE or GMAT test scores are required for admission of qualified applicants.

Admissions Requirements

Non economics majors are welcome to apply. Admission to the Accelerated Master’ Program (AMP) requires application to the MA in Applied Economics degree. Applicants must meet the following AMP criteria:

  • Be a UNC Greensboro undergraduate students from any discipline or area or study
  • Have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.5 based on at least 30 hours earned at UNC Greensboro
  • Must have at least 60 completed semester hours (credits)
  • Students may not apply for admission to the AMP before the first semester of their junior year

MA Program of Study

Credit Hours# of Courses
Undergraduate Senior Year9-12 hours
Master’s electives
Advanced Theory Core12 hours
ECO 641, 643, 646
Master’s electives9-12 hours
Master’s electives

Application Deadline

Fall SemesterMay 15 (Final Deadline)
Spring SemesterNovember 15 (Final Deadline)

Beyond number crunching

Professionals who can address real-world problems in business, finance, and government with advanced data analytics are highly sought after in today’s competitive job market. The Bryan School’s Master of Arts (MA) in Applied Economics goes beyond the standard data analytics program. We provide graduates with a unique combination of economic theory, policy analysis, and data analysis skills.

We teach students to identify real-world problems, understand the nature and context of those problems, and use the combination of theory, policy analysis, and data analysis to solve those problems. Excellent training is also provided for students who wish to enter the PhD program at UNCG or to pursue additional graduate education at other institutions.

As a recognized STEM program (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), both international and domestic students are eligible for additional benefits.  International students will be granted a longer OPT timeline through the STEM OPT eligible criteria.  Domestic graduate students will be eligible to receive outside STEM scholarships and aid such as those offered from the National Science Foundation.

Recent positions of our graduates

  • Health Economic Analyst,
    Lockheed Martin
  • Economic and Financial Modeling Specialist,
    Freddie Mac
  • Associate Research Analyst,
    Center for Naval Analyses
  • Risk Analyst,
  • Health Economist,
    Abt Associates
  • Data Analyst,
    Luxottica Group
  • Statistics Programmer,
  • Manager of Operational Analytics and Reporting,
    Goodwill Industries
  • Qualitative Specialist,
    Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
  • Policy Analyst,
    North Carolina Department of Commerce
  • Economic Advisor,
    World Leadership Survey Project
  • Model Governance Analyst,
    First Citizens Bank
  • Research Public Health Analyst,
    RTI International

Your Next Steps

  1. Speak with an undergraduate advisor to determine how graduate coursework can meet the requirements of your undergraduate degree. Approved graduate coursework taken as an undergraduate student can count towards both your Bachelor’s degree and the MA in Applied Economics degree.
  2. Meet with the MA in Applied Economics AMP program advisor to discuss the program, review graduate coursework options, and determine your target enrollment term.
  3. Work with a graduate program recruiter to prepare and submit the online graduate program application.
  4. Once admitted to the program, you can begin registering for approved graduate-level coursework.

To maximize the program benefits, complete steps 1-4 as early as the second semester of your sophomore year.

Meet Our Graduate Ambassadors

Graduate Student Ambassadors participate weekly in Bryan School graduate connection events and serve to represent the School’s six master’s programs.

Military-Affiliated Students

UNCG has been named both Best for Vets and a Military Friendly School. We’re a Yellow Ribbon Program participant, and are proud to offer a variety of benefits for veterans, active-duty military, and military-affiliated students, such as:

  • Online application fee waiver for active-duty service members
  • In-state tuition for out-of-state students (in accordance with the Veterans Choice Act)
  • Credit for relevant military service/training
  • Tutoring assistance

For more information on UNCG Military-Affiliated services and benefits, visit

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If you still have questions regarding our accelerated master’s program please reach out to our graduate recruitment team by phone or email. You may also schedule a time to meet with one of our recruiters or attend one of our upcoming information sessions.

Jennifer Chapman

Jennifer Kiger Chapman

Assistant Director of Graduate Recruitment
Phone: 336-334-4657
Bryan 301K

Dora Gicheva

Dora Gicheva

Associate Professor
Bryan 459

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