Letter from the Director

With the tremendous amount of data and computing power available at your fingertips, there has never been a better time than now to learn how to analyze and interpret the economic implications of these data.  GWU’s applied economics program is designed to teach you how to apply economic theory to draw real world implications from these data and to get a job as an applied economist. Our program’s STEM designation signals the high level of quantitative content in our courses.

The Applied Economics program prepares you for a career in economic analysis.  You will learn the fundamental tools of microeconomic and macroeconomic analysis, statistics and econometrics that form the essential foundation of your studies. You’ll combine these tools with your chosen field of expertise, whether it’s public policy, data science, international affairs, or any number of specialties, to address the world’s major economic policy issues.

We give you the flexibility to define the type of applied economist the you wish to become. Are you interested in measuring how government policy affects the way companies do business? Do you have the economic skills to address the problems of global poverty, climate change, and income inequality? Do you strive to find solutions to problems that exist in reality and not just in theory and do you enjoy using quantitative analysis to shore up your research? If these questions excite you and make you want to learn how to answer them, then GW’s master’s program in applied economics is the right program for you.

I want to highlight some options that are available only at GW. You can take advantage of the wealth of academic programs offered at GW by studying for a Graduate Certificate while you earn your MA degree in Applied Economics. We currently offer dual enrollment for Graduate Certificates in budget and public finance, data science, and geographical information systems and plan to expand the offerings to other areas. We have developed a workshop on Written and Oral Communication that helps you develop the presentation skills that are so essential in today’s global economy.  Finally, our partnership with the National Association for Business Economics (NABE) offers you the opportunity to prepare for the Certified Business Economist® (CBE) professional certification in business economics and data analytics simultaneously with your MA in Applied Economics.

You’ll be an active participant in the program. In addition to deepening your analytical skills, you’ll develop the ability to communicate your ideas through seminars, regular one-on-one meetings with the Director, and through intensive writing and re-writing of your projects. Before earning your M.A. degree, you will have the opportunity to conduct an in-depth applied Capstone-style project, develop your own website, and present your findings to your fellow students for critical review. Your project will demonstrate to potential employers that you have mastered the tools of applied economics and are ready to make an immediate contribution to your profession.

GW’s faculty and a wealth of local professionals who participate in the program will guide you through this process. Graduates with GW’s Master of Arts in Applied Economics degree in hand will be prepared to work in a range of businesses, including economic consulting for private firms, policy analysis for research organizations, empirical research at governmental and non-governmental organizations, and even starting your own business.

For more information on the program, including admissions requirements, the curriculum, and information for international students, take a look at the various pages on the MA Applied Economics page.  I also encourage you to send me an email for more information. I look forward to hearing from you! Please contact me, at [email protected]


Dr. Joann Weiner, Director, MA Applied Economics, September 2017

Economics in the Real World

Vinson and Weiner

Director of the Economics Department's Applied MA Joann Weiner shares her thoughts on tax policy, global markets, the ride-share economy and inspiring her students to think like economists in an insightful conversation with Columbian College Dean Ben Vinson. January 10, 2018.  Please click on the picture to view the video.


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