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 broader 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.
- 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.
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
May 15 – Final deadline
November 15 – Final deadline
MA Program of Study
|Credit Hours||# of Courses|
|Undergraduate Senior Year||9-12 hours
|Advanced Theory Core||12 hours
ECO 641, 643, 646
|Master’s electives||9-12 hours
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,
Economic and Financial Modeling Specialist,
Associate Research Analyst,
Center for Naval Analyses
Manager of Operational Analytics and Reporting,
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
North Carolina Department of Commerce
World Leadership Survey Project
Model Governance Analyst,
First Citizens Bank
Research Public Health Analyst,
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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.