Economics (BA) + Economics and Policy Analysis (MS)

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The MS in Economics and Policy Analysis (MS-EPA) gives students a distinguished and marketable set of skills in economic theory as it applies to business and economic policy analysis. Students learn how to conduct statistical and econometric research grounded in sound economic models using data from multiple sources on different issues. In addition, students will be able to explain their results and policy recommendations not only to economists, but also to politicians, and the general public.

MS-EPA graduates can find employment in the private sector working for corporations in governmental relations departments, in federal and state governmental agencies, in trade associations or lobbying firms, or in the not-for-profit sector.

Undergraduate students will apply to the combined degree program during their sophomore/junior year. Students should have completed ECO 105ECO 106, and ECO 305. Students will typically take the following three graduate level courses during their senior year:

Course Title Quarter Hours
ECO 505ADVANCED MICROECONOMICS4
ECO 515MICROECONOMICS OF MARKET ORGANIZATION4
ECO 516ECONOMICS OF THE PUBLIC SECTOR I4

These three courses will count towards completion of the BA with a major in Economics and will also count towards completion of the MS-EPA (students are encouraged to check with the department if they are not also economics majors). The undergraduate degree will be awarded at the completion of all undergraduate work while the MS-EPA will be awarded upon completion of the remaining graduate level work.