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Economics Master's Degree Program

Economics Master's Program

MA in Economics

The Department of Economics offers a master's program with five distinctive tracks, a faculty that combines high quality teaching and an interest in economic policy with serious scholarship, and the special rewards of studying economics in Washington, D.C.

The economics master's degree program is an applied, policy-oriented program that offers five different tracks which master's students can pursue: general, development economics, gender analysis in economics, financial economic policy, and applied econometrics (online only).

The department has an especially rich offering of courses that deal with global economic issues. Most of our faculty have carried out research or taught in other countries and bring that experience to the classroom.

The Department of Economics master's course work is designed to prepare students for careers in government agencies, congressional committees, financial institutions, economic consulting firms, think tanks, multilateral organizations, and non-governmental organizations among other institutions, both nationally and abroad. Alumni often secure full-time employment with organizations where they had internships or part-time employment while students.

This economics MA degree program offers students:

  • Concentrated faculty strength in major applied fields of economics and a policy-oriented curriculum
  • Faculty with linkages to think tanks, research institutes, and international organizations around the globe
  • State-of-the-art statistical software commonly used in applied economics research
  • A Washington, D.C., location that provides access to an extraordinary array of professional opportunities for trained economists

Most graduate level courses are offered in the evening and the master's degree can be completed in either full-time or part-time status. An online track in applied economics will be available beginning May 2014. For more information on this program, please contact the Economics Department at econ@american.edu.


New Online Economics MA

Please see our Online MA with an applied economics specialization site to connect with an admissions counselor, read more about the online degree program, request additional information, and apply.

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