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As a student of Applied Economics, you will be prepared to work at a private firm or government agency in forecasting, market research or policy analysis. Read more
As a student of Applied Economics, you will be prepared to work at a private firm or government agency in forecasting, market research or policy analysis. You'll be learning in a program that emphasizes the practical aspects of economic theory and provides a solid foundation in advanced microeconomics, macroeconomics, econometrics and forecasting. Coursework focuses on economic theory, applications of theory, research methods and empirical analysis.

Program Highlights

Students can work toward a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Master of Science in Applied Economics simultaneously through the 5-year track for undergraduates.
Opportunities available to engage in research with faculty members.
Prepares students for jobs in business, government and non-profit institutions that require advanced quantitative skills.
Graduate assistantship positions available each year in both the fall and spring semesters.
Prepares students for Ph.D. programs in economics, applied economics and finance.

Program Distinctions

All faculty hold doctorates in economics.
Faculty research has been published in "American Economic Review," "Economics Letters," "Journal of Economic Education," "Journal of International Economics," "Journal of Money, Credit and Banking," "Public Choice" and the "Rand Journal of Economics.
Graduates have gone on to jobs in the private sector and government, especially in the banking industry. Others have been accepted into Ph.D. programs in economics or applied economics throughout the country.

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The Department of Economics seeks applicants prepared to develop the requisite skills to perform rigorous research, regardless of undergraduate major. Read more
The Department of Economics seeks applicants prepared to develop the requisite skills to perform rigorous research, regardless of undergraduate major. The graduate program offers specializations in economic history and economics evolution, econometrics, environmental economics, labor economics, macroeconomics, microeconomics, public economics and urban economics under the supervision of nationally recognized scholars on its faculty.

The program has recently been ranked 10th and 19th amongst all PhD-granting institutions in the United States in the fields of agricultural and natural resource economics, and economic history, respectively. Recipients of master's and doctoral degrees pursue a wide variety of careers in higher education, economic forecasting, research and policy analysis.

The program has a strong placement rate with graduates now employed in industry and at strong research institutions such as Price Water House Cooper, Finanzas y Technologia, Morgan Stanley, UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, Temple University, Virginia Tech and University of West Indies at Mona, to name a few.

All applicants must submit the following:

- Online graduate degree application and application fee
- Transcripts from each college/university you have attended
- Three letters of recommendation
- Personal statement (2-3 pages) describing your reasons for pursuing graduate study, your career aspirations, your special interests within your field, and any unusual features of your background that might need explanation or be of interest to your program's admissions committee.
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae (max. 2 pages)
- Official GRE scores

And, for international applicants:
- International Student Financial Statement form
- Official bank statement/proof of support
- Official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic scores

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The Economics master’s program provides students with the knowledge required for entry-level or mid-level positions conducting economic analysis and forecasting within industry or government. Read more
The Economics master’s program provides students with the knowledge required for entry-level or mid-level positions conducting economic analysis and forecasting within industry or government. Courses are selected to allow students to be well prepared for these as well as related alternatives.

Visit the website: http://manderson.cba.ua.edu/academics/departments/masters_program/master_of_arts_in_economics

Course detail

Students pursue the master’s degree by following one of three different tracks. Each track is designed with a different objective, though the choice of one over the other does not close any option the student may later want to pursue. Markets may rise and fall, but our graduates remain ahead.

Track 1: PhD Preparation

Track I prepares the student for a doctoral program.

Required Courses:

EC 570
Introduction to Mathematical Economics

EC 610
Seminar in Microeconomic Theory

EC 611
Seminar in Macroeconomic Theory

EC 616
Seminar in Monetary Economics

EC 660
Game Theory

EC 670
Econometrics

ST 554
Mathematical Statistics I

In addition to these courses, students would complete an additional twelve hours of graduate coursework.

Track 2: Applied Economics

Track II is for students who want to prepare for a career for which they apply the skills of economic analysis. These jobs are typically in the financial sector, government agencies or industry.

Required Courses:

EC 570
Introduction to Mathematical Economics

EC 508
Microeconomic Theory

EC 513
Economic Forecasting & Analysis

ST 521
Statistical Data Management SAS I

ST 531
Knowledge Discovery & Data Mining I

EC 509
Macroeconomic Theory & Policy

EC 571
Econometrics

ST 522
Advanced Statistical Data Management SAS II

ST 532
Advanced Data Mining II

The set of required courses enhance students’ understandings of the core concepts in microeconomics and macroeconomics, developing the quantitative skills necessary to work in econometrics and economic forecasting.

Track 3: Policy Economics

The set of courses enhances students’ understanding of the core concepts in microeconomics and macroeconomics, as well as enhancing students’ skills in understanding and analyzing policy issues. Students also gain quantitative skills through course work in econometrics and economic forecasting. This degree program requires 30 hours of coursework.

Required Courses:

EC 570
Introduction to Mathematical Economics

EC 508
Microeconomic Theory

EC 513
Economic Forecasting & Analysis

EC 509
Macroeconomic Theory & Policy

EC 571
Econometrics

Four 500-level elective courses are also required.


How to apply: http://graduate.ua.edu/prospects/application/

Fund your studies

Student Financial Aid provides comprehensive information and services regarding opportunities to finance the cost of education at The University of Alabama. We recognize that financial assistance is an important key to helping reach your educational and career goals. The financial aid staff is dedicated to making the financial aid process as straightforward as possible. Visit the website to find out more: http://financialaid.ua.edu/

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The M.A. in Economics program was established in the mid-1960s but has recently made changes to ensure that the program is focused on training students to conduct applied economic research and decision analysis using current methodologies. Read more
The M.A. in Economics program was established in the mid-1960s but has recently made changes to ensure that the program is focused on training students to conduct applied economic research and decision analysis using current methodologies. There is an emphasis on hands-on data analysis, making it possible for graduates to acquire the skills and knowledge for careers as consultants in private business and analysts for the government. The dedicated graduate faculty at MTSU have prepared highly qualified master’s-level economists who have gone on to continue their doctoral studies not only at MTSU but at numerous universities, including Chicago, Virginia, North Carolina State, and Auburn. Others have found employment in local banking, the Federal government, and the State of Tennessee.

Degrees

The department offers a Master’s of Arts (M.A.) degree in Economics. The focus of MTSU's M.A. program in economics is on applied research and decision analysis. The M.A. program offers a general curriculum in economics covering a range of macroeconomic and microeconomic topics with a focus on hands-on data analysis. The program also offers a concentration in Financial Economics. Both of these tracks offer the intellectual foundation and technical skills required of economists and analysts in private companies and public agencies.

Career

One of the department’s major goals is to promote graduates in the job market and to conduct mock interviews to help students have a professional and polished presence. Faculty are encouraging more and more graduate students to take advantage of this opportunity. Examples of career potentials include

Accountant
Banker
Budget analyst
Equity portfolio manager
Environmental economist
Financial advisor
Financial analyst
Financial examiner
Government worker
Higher education professional
Human resources specialist
Insurance representative
Labor-management relations practitioner
Market/program analyst
Politician or political staffer
Purchaser
Revenue agent
Statistician

Employers of MTSU Economics graduates include:

American College of Management and Technology
Auburn University
Baldwin-Wallace College
Bethel College of Tennessee
FedEx
Liaoning Normal University
Marshall University
Missouri State University
Regional Economic Model, Inc.
Southern Community Bank
Tennessee Regulatory Authority
Tennessee Valley Authority
U.S. State Department
Vanderbilt University

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The private, public, and nonprofit sectors demand economists and analysts who are equipped with a strong foundation in quantitative economics — and the ability to apply that knowledge to the challenges changing economies face. Read more
The private, public, and nonprofit sectors demand economists and analysts who are equipped with a strong foundation in quantitative economics — and the ability to apply that knowledge to the challenges changing economies face. We provide students with the rigorous training that’s essential to financial and economic analysis.

Our program trains students in the heart of the west coast's financial capital so that they can become leaders and analysts in investment, wealth management, banking, corporate financial management, international finance and economics, and a host of other industries. Some graduates pursue PhD programs in economics.

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The rapid pace of globalization has increased the demand for professionals with training in international economics and economic development. Read more
The rapid pace of globalization has increased the demand for professionals with training in international economics and economic development. Our one of a kind Master's in International and Development Economics (IDEC) provides students with the knowledge and skills to understand how market forces can be harnessed to empower developing countries to break from cycles of poverty.

International Fieldwork

During the summer, you’ll form a small group with fellow students to collect primary data and access secondary data as part of an internship or partnership with an international institution. Your research will be the basis for your master’s thesis, which you’ll develop under your adviser’s supervision.

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The CIM-focused M.B.A. requires online courses in accounting, economics, finance, information systems, management, marketing, and concrete industry management. Read more
The CIM-focused M.B.A. requires online courses in accounting, economics, finance, information systems, management, marketing, and concrete industry management. This distinctive program is designed to develop long-term relationships amongst participants, while fostering a collaborative learning environment and allowing national and international recruitment with limited campus visits that are intensive and focused.

MTSU’s 15-month customized Concrete Industry Management executive M.B.A. degree program is the only one of its kind in the country and offers a mostly online delivery to draw students from the industry nationally and internationally. Students take courses in seven-week blocks via distance learning and webinars; three required trips to MTSU or industry events are spread out during the program. This rigorous, highly interactive degree program takes participants beyond basics to a true understanding of forces that shape the concrete and construction industry. Participants can immediately impact their businesses by implementing strategies and insights gained from the completed courses, resulting in immediate return on investment for their sponsoring companies. Coursework is focused around typical M.B.A. advanced business skills but tailored specifically to the concrete and construction industry. Application deadline is July 1 for the cohort that starts in January of the following year.

Career

With the growing need for middle management talent in the industry as the economic recovery continues, the CIM Executive M.B.A. program is well placed to continue to provide those highly qualified managers the industry will need. Possible career positions with this degree:

Senior project manager
Director of quality
Manager of technical services
Regional sales manager
Operations manager

Employers of MTSU alumni include:

Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services
BASF
Calportland
California State University–Chico
Farlane Oldcastle Materials
Geneva Rock
Italcementi
Ozinga Ready Mix
Piedmont Precast
Refratechnik North America
Rush–Overland Manufacturing
Schwing America
Structural Group
Tex-Mix Concrete
Triple C Concrete
Vulcan Materials

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