Applied Economics (M.S.)

Applied Economics (M.S.)

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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. You will 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

  • All of the Core Classes are offered online
  • Students can work toward a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Master of Science in Applied Economics simultaneously through the five-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
  • 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 and Ph.D. programs throughout the country

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Application Deadlines

U.S. Citizens International
Outside U.S.
Inside U.S.
Fall July 15 May 15 July 15
Spring November 15 September 15 November 15
Summer N/A N/A N/A

Degree Levels

Licensure Graduate Certificate Master Post-Master Doctorate

Delivery Options

St. CLoud (on campus) Online Synchronous online St. Cloud State at Plymouth Evenings/Weekends

Graduate Director

Dr. Eungmin Kang

Popular Careers

  • Forecaster
  • Market researcher
  • Financial planning analyst
  • Fraud analyst
  • Field economist

University Facts & Stats

  • 60 graduate programs leading to graduate certificates, master’s and doctoral degrees
  • More than 200 graduate assistantships awarded per year
  • Graduate assistants receive up to a $9,250 stipend per year and tuition reimbursement for up to eight graduate credits per semester.

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