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No matter which track you select or your future career goals, the MAEcon program provides you with a strong economics foundation and the ability to customize the curriculum to match your interests through self-selected electives and guided support from faculty mentors.

The program is compact, consisting of 10 classes and takes 12 months or less to complete. Many students complete the program in just two semesters.

Required Prerequisites

All MAEcon students enter the program with these prerequisites:

  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Calculus

Economics Common Core

All students complete a common core (12 credits) before going on to self-selected electives, which are determined by track. The financial economics track includes two additional required courses.

  • ECON 712: Applied Macroeconomics
  • ECON 711: Applied Microeconomics
  • ECON 736: Applied Econometrics
  • STAT 700: Applied Statistics I

Track Options

You will choose one of our three track options, each consisting of six courses.

The economics track allows you to customize the curriculum to suit your interests and future career goals. You’ll receive a strong foundation in economics with the opportunity to participate in hands-on research projects that directly relate to contemporary business and social problems.

Areas of expertise:

  • Economic growth
  • Environmental economics
  • Health economics
  • International economics
  • Labor economics

Beyond the economics common core, students will choose six electives (18 credits). Three electives may be taken outside of economics.

Career Paths:

This track prepares students to enter careers in government or business. Some graduates use this degree as a springboard toward further education in law or a doctoral degree in economics or finance.

The financial economics track provides you with a solid foundation in economic theory and econometrics, allowing you to hone your financial expertise through coursework in financial variation models, risk management, portfolio analysis and other finance industry topics.

Areas of expertise:

  • Financial institutions
  • Fixed income securities
  • Corporate finance
  • Asset pricing

Beyond the economics common core, students will take two additional required courses (FINA 761 Advanced Financial Management and FINA 762 Investment Management) and four electives.

Career Paths:

Students can specialize in areas such as corporate finance, investments and risk management, allowing them to seamlessly transition to jobs in the financial industry or government positions.

The thesis track is intended to help you prepare for a Ph.D. in economics or finance prior to applying to a doctoral program. As a thesis track student, you’ll work directly with a Moore School faculty member to write a thesis on your selected research topic.

Beyond the economics common core, students will take six hours of thesis preparation and four electives in their area of concentration.

Career Paths:

Most students become researchers or go on to teach at a research-based four-year college or university.

Enhance your degree with applied statistics or business analytics

MAEcon students can also add optional 12-credit graduate certificates in business analytics or applied statistics to hone their business analytics capabilities, thus learning how to transform raw data into knowledge-based projections for accurate, informed decision making.

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