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.
90% of our graduates, in recent years, 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.
Salaries are typically in the $55,000 to $85,000 range. Our 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.
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,
Full-time & Part-time Program Options
For those who want to pursue the MA in Applied Economics program full-time, this 30-semester-hour program is designed to be completed in just three semesters. However, we recognize that not everyone has the flexibility to pursue the degree full-time. We will gladly to work with those who want to pursue the program part-time to ensure they find the program equally as rigorous and rewarding. Currently, the MA program is only delivered during the day and face-to-face; we do not offer evening or online courses.
MA to PhD
If your ultimate goal is to earn a doctorate, consider the MA to PhD program. You’ll earn both a master’s and a doctorate in economics. This program will prepare you to work in fields such as forecasting, policy analysis and evaluation, risk analysis, and economic analysis. Work under the guidance of faculty who conduct nationally- and internationally-recognized research.Learn More
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The MA in Applied Economics is a recognized STEM program, which allows for additional benefits for both domestic and international students. Ask our graduate recruiter for details.