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Graduate Study in Economics at AU

 

Degrees

 

American University's Master of Arts in Economics is an applied, policy-oriented program that will prepare you for your career as an economist in the public or private sector, working locally, nationally, or abroad.

With five distinct tracks of concentration, you can tailor your degree to fit your interests and advance your career.

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In this MA in Economics program you will learn to:

  • Solve complex mathematical economic models
  • Communicate the reasoning behind construction of economic models
  • Interpret and explain the meaning of solutions to economic models
  • Utilize models to predict the changes in various economic indicators (such as price, output, growth, employment, inflation and welfare) and impacts to the economy
  • Use economic models to develop clear and specific research questions and hypotheses
  • Employ the appropriate data and statistical tools to test your hypotheses
  • Use Stata, a state-of-the-art statistical software tool employed throughout the industry, to analyze data.

Graduates of this online economics degree will emerge with the ability to understand and predict how policy changes will affect economic markets—a skill that is highly valuable in jobs for economics in government agencies, corporations, think tanks, NGO's and financial institutions alike.

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This program offers a rigorous combination of theoretical, empirical, and policy-oriented courses in economics, political economy, and policymaking focused on international trade and finance. It prepares students to analyze the most important issues in today's global economy, including the macro- and microeconomic causes and consequences of trade and financial liberalization, exchange rate fluctuations, and capital-markets integration. 

The objective is to gain an in-depth understanding of the market, political, and other forces that have driven the economic globalization process, as well as the private and public actors and institutions shaping international trade and financial developments and policies.

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Offering a combination of rigorous technical training and a focus on policy-relevant research, our PhD in Economics will prepare you for careers in academics, scholarship, research, and government policy. Our students master economic theory and applied field knowledge. Then, through the dissertation-writing process, they develop the ability to formulate and empirically answer economic questions. This valuable skill set is the key to our graduates’ success.

Our uniquely pluralistic approach to contemporary policy issues will train you in a number of diverse theoretical perspectives, both mainstream and heterodox, including post-Keynesian, institutionalist, and feminist economics.

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Certificates

 

In this program, you will focus your economics study on the behavior and interactions of individuals in deciding how to allocate scarce resources. You will learn about value, decision-making, and the effects different events can have on the market.

This 18-credit program has a 9-credit core that will help you develop a solid foundation in microeconomics, mathematical economics, and econometrics. You can customize your course of study with electives chosen from a diverse array of economics courses. Prerequisites in economics, statistics, and calculus apply.

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Gender Analysis in Economics track in the MA in Economics

Students who are interested in the MA Degree in Economics can take the Gender Analysis in Economics track in the MA in Economics, which involves 9 credit hours of core gender-related courses in economics and in feminist theory, 12 hours of economics core courses, and 15 additional credit hours of approved course electives.

Gender Analysis in Economics field in the PhD Program

Gender Analysis in Economics is one of the applied fields a doctoral student in the PhD program can choose. Depending on their background, students may apply to the PhD program directly after completing either a BA or MA degree. If a student who has already completed either the Graduate Certificate on Gender Analysis in Economics or the Gender Analysis in Economics track in the MA in Economics is accepted into the PhD program, up to 36 credit hours can be counted toward the PhD.

This program offers a rigorous combination of theoretical, empirical, and policy-oriented courses in economics, political economy, and policymaking focused on international trade and finance. It prepares students to analyze the most important issues in today's global economy, including the macro- and microeconomic causes and consequences of trade and financial liberalization, exchange rate fluctuations, and capital-markets integration. 

The objective is to gain an in-depth understanding of the market, political, and other forces that have driven the economic globalization process, as well as the private and public actors and institutions shaping international trade and financial developments and policies.

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