Masters of Science in Applied Economics
The Master of Science in Applied Economics reflects the current state of knowledge and skills used by professional economists. It is characterized by strong foundational courses in economic theory, mathematical economics, and advanced statistical methods. It is focused on specialized areas of study serving but not limited to North Dakota and the North Central Region.
The MSAE is about preparing graduates to do real-world economic research. Their formal studies will have broadly prepared them in research methods, applied to at least one specialized area, such as economic development or business economics. Additionally, they will have actively participated in research projects, both in their classes and through the Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER) and all will have had the opportunity to participate in a research internship.
Career opportunities for MSAE graduates compare best to those of "Business Economists," and "Economists and Market and Survey Researchers," as described in the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Occupational Outlook Handbook (Bulletin 2540, U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics). BLS projects a growth rate of 21% - 35% for positions as "Economists and Market and Survey Researchers" over 2000 to 2010. This translates to 118,000 new positions for 2000 - 2010. The BLS also states that employment and advancement opportunities are expected to be strongest for those with advanced degrees.
The goal of the program is to provide students the quantitative and applied skills required to succeed as an economist involved in economic development, strategic planning, consulting, and applied research in a broad array of institutional settings. These goals are achieved through a program where coursework, experiential learning, and independent research develop a strong foundation to understand and apply economic theory, collect and analyze data, and communicate technical material effectively to others.