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Become an Economic Analyst
In DePaul’s Master of Science (MS) in Economics and Policy Analysis you’ll gain in-depth knowledge of economic theory and advanced skills in data analysis that position you to examine economic and business policies. The research-driven curriculum prepares you to be a hands-on economic analyst.
Interested students participate in 12-16 week fellowships at private companies, a government agency, public policy institute or nonprofit in Chicago, Washington D.C., or another city.
Through the MS in Economics and Policy Analysis program, students develop skills and knowledge in:
- Applied economic theory.
- Demonstrating research findings through written analyses for audiences that include business professionals, economists, policymakers and the public.
- Conducting econometric research.
- The relationship between economics and politics.
DePaul’s Master of Science in Economics and Policy Analysis is a Department of Homeland Security STEM-designated program. STEM designation is granted to programs that produce graduates educated in science, technology, engineering and/or math who help support U.S. economic competitiveness and growth. International students who earn degrees from STEM-designated programs can qualify to extend their post-graduation stay in the United States for Optional Practical Training (OPT). OPT provides an opportunity for international students to develop their careers while also helping meet the demand for STEM-educated professionals in the U.S. workforce. To find out more, contact the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at email@example.com or (312) 362-8810.
|Program Requirements||Quarter Hours|
|Total hours required||48|
Students will be able to:
- Apply modern economic theory, use analytical and evaluative skills to solve a variety of policy problems and make recommendations and decisions.
- Employ existing econometric software programs to solve complex problems in policy analysis.
- Understand the main theories of international trade and apply them to relevant international trade policy issues.
- Create clear and coherent written work that is geared towards different audiences including economists, non-economists, policy makers and general public.
Students must have completed one course in Principles of Microeconomics and one in Principles of Macroeconomics as well as differential calculus prior to admission to the MSEPA program.
Students in the MSEPA program complete 12 courses (48 credit hours). The degree consists of seven required core courses plus five elective courses. As part of the electives, students may apply for a one- or two-course equivalent research fellowship. Alternatively, with approval of the program director, students may take two graduate elective courses outside of the economics department.
Students may enroll in the program on a full-time or part-time basis. Classes are generally offered during the evening. The typical full-time student will finish the program in five quarters. Students will be advised to take no more than three courses per term. Students attending the program part-time will typically take two evening courses per quarter and finish the program in six quarters.
Core Courses (7 required courses)
|ECO 505||ADVANCED MICROECONOMICS||4|
|ECO 506||ADVANCED MACROECONOMICS||4|
|ECO 507||RESEARCH METHODS FOR POLICY ANALYSIS I||4|
|ECO 508||RESEARCH METHODS FOR POLICY ANALYSIS II||4|
|ECO 515||MICROECONOMICS OF MARKET ORGANIZATION||4|
|ECO 516||ECONOMICS OF THE PUBLIC SECTOR I||4|
|ECO 558||INTERNATIONAL MACROECONOMICS||4|
Elective Courses (5 courses required)
|Select five of the following:||20|
|REAL ANALYSIS I|
|REAL ANALYSIS II|
|BUSINESS AND ECONOMIC FORECASTING|
|DEMYSTIFYING THE FEDERAL RESERVE BANK|
|THE PUBLIC POLICY, BUSINESS, AND ETHICAL ENVIRONMENT OF GOVERNMENT|
|LABOR ECONOMICS AND LABOR RELATIONS|
|STRATEGIC DECISION MAKING AND GAME THEORY|
|STRATEGIES AND PROCESSES OF NEGOTIATIONS|
|COMPETITION, STRATEGY AND ANTITRUST POLICY|
|INTERNATIONAL TRADE THEORY & POLICY|
|SPECIAL TOPICS (Behavioral Economics)|
|SPECIAL TOPICS (Business Models and Innovation Strategy)|
|SPECIAL TOPICS (Research Fellowship I)|
|SPECIAL TOPICS (Research Fellowship II)|
|INDEPENDENT STUDY (Directed Research Project. Requires department consent.)|
The research fellowship allows students to work full-time on Capitol Hill, an independent agency or nonprofit in Washington D.C., Chicago, or elsewhere for 12 to 16 weeks. Fellowships immerse students in analysis, research and policymaking, while providing a unique opportunity to develop an extensive professional network.
In order to be eligible for the fellowship, students must have earned a course grade of B or better in ECO 505, ECO 506 and ECO 507. In addition to the academic requirements, students must also have departmental approval.
- Satisfactory completion of the college residency requirement.
- Satisfactory completion of the 12 required and elective courses.
- All courses for credit toward the degree must be completed within six calendar years after the candidate’s first term of enrollment in the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business. After a lapse of six years a course is expired. An expired course is not acceptable for the purpose of satisfaction of degree requirements and is not applicable to the degree without the written approval of the director of the program or the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business.