MA IN Applied Economics

Full Time or Part Time
Online Only

Go beyond data.

The UNCG Bryan School’s MA in Applied Economics program provides you with a unique combination of economic theory, policy analysis, and data analytics skills which give you the ability to identify, understand, and solve real-world problems. You’ll gain experience immersed in the same type of work that you’ll do after graduation, using the same analytical software most frequently used by Fortune 500 companies and financial institutions. Working under the guidance of faculty who conduct nationally- and internationally-recognized research, you will develop a skill set highly sought after by companies, comprised of a strong foundation of economic theory, mathematics, and econometrics, as well as an understanding of the fundamentals of policy analysis.

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Stackable Certificate Options

Customize your curriculum! Begin your program of study by earning a graduate certificate in Economics of Health Analytics or Quantitative Business Economics. You can choose to earn the second certificate (stack certificates) en route to completing the master’s degree.

Step 1

Choose Your First Certificate

Four Courses
(12 Credit Hours)

Step 2

Choose Your Second Certificate

Three Courses
(9 Credit Hours)

Step 3

MA Core Knowledge

Three Courses
(12 Credit Hours)

Student Outcomes

Graduates work in positions such as

Managing Director | Senior Research Specialist | Health Economic Analyst | Research Analyst | Economic Advisor Statistics Programmer | Quantitative Specialist | Policy Analyst

For organizations such as

Bank of America | Federal Reserve | Bank of Atlanta | Fidelity Investments | Lockheed Martin | North Carolina | Department of Commerce | Center for Naval Analyses | Pepsico | RTI International | US Environmental Protection Agency | United Guaranty | Wells Fargo


Credit Hours
Master’s Electives12 hours
Data Methods3 hours
Policy Analysis3 hours
Master’s Core Knowledge12 hours

About Our Department

Program Highlights

  • This is the only fully online MA in Applied Economics in North Carolina.
  • Learn to analyze large data sets with the same software used by Fortune 500 companies and financial institutions.
  • Deepen your general economic theory and econometric skills and develop an understanding of policy analysis fundamentals.
  • Prepare to make an impact in a variety of fields, including public policy, government, finance, and many more.

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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

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Program Costs

The UNCG MA in Applied Economics program offers an exceptional return on your investment. Use the button below to learn more about our estimated program costs, which include tuition and fees and do not include the cost of textbooks or student health insurance. Tuition and fees vary depending on the program track pursued and the number of credit hours taken each semester. To learn more about finance and funding options available for Bryan School graduate programs, you may attend one of our helpful webinars that cover options for both domestic and international students.


The UNCG MA in Applied Economics program welcomes a variety of applicants, whether they come to us with years of professional experience or have just recently earned an undergraduate degree — business or otherwise.

Fall Semester:March 1 (Priority Deadline), May 15 (Final Deadline)
Spring Semester:November 15


If you still have questions regarding our MA in Applied Economics 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
[email protected]

Savannah Martin

Graduate Recruitment Specialist
Phone: 336-334-4657
Bryan 301F
[email protected]

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