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MS Social and Applied Economics

Course Description

Program Description:

The Department of Economics offers a professionally oriented graduate program that leads to a Master of Science in Social and Applied Economics. This program is designed to develop professional economists who can solve contemporary economic problems with a unique set of skills created by a curriculum that combines applied economics with social economics. In doing so, the program bridges the gap between research and the application of research for use in a wide variety of business and government professions. Students are encouraged to develop and evaluate new approaches to economic problem solving. The curriculum stresses research and field experience, which is complemented by the faculty’s teaching and research emphasis on the interplay of theory and applications.

Visit the website: https://www.wright.edu/degrees-and-programs/catalog/programs/social-applied-economics-ms

Admissions Requirements:

An applicant for graduate study in the Social and Applied Economics Program is required to meet the general requirements of the Graduate School and also to be accepted by the Graduate Studies Committee of the Department of Economics. Students need not have an undergraduate degree in economics to enter this program; however, the student’s undergraduate grade point average (GPA) and, if applicable, graduate GPA will be considered. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test is required. (Students selecting the dual degree with the MBA may substitute the GMAT for the GRE.)

Application forms for admission and for the GRE are available in the Office of the Chair of the Department of Economics or from the Graduate School. Both full- and part-time students are accepted for admission to the program.

Program Requirements:

Candidates for the Master of Science degree in Social and Applied Economics must successfully complete a minimum of 30 semester credit hours in courses numbered 600 or above, exclusive of prerequisite survey courses. Of the total 30 hours, 27 must be taken in the department. Students must achieve a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in all graduate courses. No more than six semester credit hours of C grades may be applied toward the degree. As many as six graduate credit hours may be transferred into the M.S. Program in Social and Applied Economics by petition to the Graduate Studies Committee in the Department of Economics and subject to approval by the Graduate School.

All candidates will complete the Economics Problems Seminar (EC7800) which serves as the Capstone Course for the core courses of the M.S. Program in Social and Applied Economics. This course is designed to draw on the program’s in-depth study of economics including a firm understanding of the mathematical and statistical tools and economic research methods necessary to be a practicing economist. An option for an internship or thesis can be pursued by those students desiring to further incorporate applied learning into their educational experience. Students selecting this option can satisfy elective credit through an approved internship or thesis. Detailed information on internship objectives and standards is available from the director of the M.S. Program in Social and Applied Economics.

Program Features

- Convenience: All classes are conducted in the evening, making the program ideal for working adults

- Efficiency: Full-time students complete the program in 12 months

- Uniqueness: Our Master's degree is unique in this region of the country by virtue of its innovative blend of applied and social economics

- Solid Foundation: Students study applied microeconomics and applied macroeconomics

- Social Economics: Students examine how social institutions, norms, ethics, the evolution of economic production and consumption, the environment, and many other factors influence and shape an economy

- Applied Analytics: Students learn to statistically analyze data in order to evaluate policies, make decisions, forecast, and plan

- Hands-on Experience: Over the course of the program, each student builds a portfolio of applied analytical reports in their coursework that are used to successfully demonstrate their abilities to employers

- Award Winning Faculty: Courses are taught exclusively by full-time economists holding doctorates in the discipline. The state-of-the-art research conducted by the faculty has yielded five international, national, or university level research awards in the past seven years.

- Experienced Faculty: Our faculty has served as consultants and advisors to many prominent government agencies, nonprofits, and corporations, including the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the State of Ohio, the Rand Corporation, Dayton Power and Light, Reynolds and Reynolds, and the Educational Testing Service.

- Marketability: The M.S. in Social and Applied Economics is an exceptionally versatile degree. Our graduates are employed in wide array of industries and occupations in both the private and public sectors.

- Further Studies: Students who choose to pursue further education have been admitted to and successfully completed doctoral studies in economics, finance, accountancy, and political science

- High Employment Demand: Our program enjoys a placement rate of nearly 100% in occupations requiring a master’s degree.

- Select: Our program has been selective in admissions since its inception in 1970

- Affordable: Wright State’s in-state graduate tuition is one of the best values in Ohio. In addition, scholarships and assistantships offered to strong applicants.

Dual Degree and combined Programs

with the M.S. in Social and Applied Economics:

Students have the opportunity to earn an M.S. in Social and Applied Economics along with a second degree with fewer credit hours than are required of the two programs separately. These degree programs are:

- Dual M.S. in Social and Applied Economics and Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) Program
- Dual M.S. in Social and Applied Economics and Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) Program

Please contact the Department of Economics to learn the specific requirements for these dual degree and combined programs.

For additional information:

- Social and Applied Economics, MS (https://business.wright.edu/economics/degrees-and-certificate/master-of-science-in-social-and-applied-economics)

- Department of Economics (https://business.wright.edu/economics)

- Raj Soin College of Business (https://business.wright.edu/)

How to apply: http://www.wright.edu/apply

Graduate Scholarships

Wright State University offers several scholarship opportunities to graduate students, including:
• Graduate assistantships
• Tuition scholarships
• Fellowships
• Stipends

Often these awards require the student to serve in an employment-like capacity for the awarding department or college in order to be eligible and maintain eligibility. Visit the website: https://www.wright.edu/raider-connect/financial-aid/graduate-scholarships

MA / MSc Selected Graduate Studies – meant to be in the Graduate School but I listed it under College of Education as we don’t have the prior department on our site.
MS Nursing – mean to be in the Nursing and Health department but we don’t have that listed so added it to School of Medicine

Visit the MS Social and Applied Economics page on the Wright State University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

An undergraduate degree in economics (See admission requirements in course description).

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