Business Economics

Business Economics

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Students in the business economics major are entering a field that has grown in value on a local, national and international scale in the past four decades. Your insights will be sought by a range of businesses and government agencies. You will be trained in practical problem-solving techniques that work across public and private sectors, and develop analytical skills to understand private, nonprofit and government influences on the economy. Campus activities, organizations and internships will offer you opportunities to build leadership skills and connect with professionals in the field.

Program Highlights

  • Twelve full-time faculty members with doctorates, a passion for their particular field of economics, and diverse teaching and research experience.
  • Graduates are top candidates for law schools and master of business administration (MBA) programs.
  • High earning potential due to high demand for economics knowledge and skills in the workplace.
  • Paid internship opportunities with brokerage firms, banks, government agencies, manufacturing and marketing firms.

Program Distinctions

  • An annual Winter Institute gathers the best minds on economic issues and draws an audience from across the Midwest. It has hosted such notables as former Federal Reserve Chairman Benjamin Bernanke and Nobel Prize in Economics recipient James Heckman.
  • Home of the Center for Economic Education, which aids in the preparation of the "St. Cloud Quarterly Business Report," a quarterly data release which profiles the St. Cloud and Central Minnesota economies.

Student Organizations

Continuing Education

Major Minor Online Courses

University Facts & Stats

  • 31% increase in Honors Program enrollment in fall 2013
  • $106 million in scholarships loans and grants
  • 1,100+ international students
  • 80+ countries represented on campus
  • Among Forbes' "America's Top Colleges" 

Popular Careers

  • Economist
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Urban or Regional Planner
  • Business Executive
  • Economic/Investment Analyst
  • Compensation Manager
  • Risk Management

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