Letter From the Director


Joann Weiner, Director of the MA in Applied Economics program


As the director of the Master of Arts in Applied Economics program, I would like to talk about some of the many distinctive features that we have designed to help you get the most out of your time studying at GW. 

Our STEM-designated program prepares you for a career as an applied economist by teaching you how to use economic theory to draw real-world implications from data. In addition to core courses and electives, our program offers many exciting and unique features including professional workshops, internships, funding and professional partnerships. The MA degree can also be combined with specialized graduate certificate options in 10 different areas. 

After learning the fundamental tools of microeconomic and macroeconomic analysis, statistics and econometrics, you’ll choose the type of applied economist you wish to become. Are you interested in measuring how government policy affects the way companies do business? Would you like to help solve 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 our program is the right one for you.

Our students are one of our biggest assets. Research shows that diverse teams perform better than teams with less diversity, so we seek students from a wide range of backgrounds. Our students come from every region in the United States and around the world. Some are recent graduates, while others have been working for years; some studied economics in college, while others may have studied business, engineering, political science, math or another subject. All are welcome at GW. 

In addition to deepening your analytical skills during the MA program, you’ll develop the ability to communicate your ideas through seminars, one-on-one meetings with me and through intensive writing and re-writing of your projects. Before completing your degree, you’ll have the opportunity to conduct an in-depth independent study, develop your own website and present your findings to your fellow students for critical review.

GW’s faculty and a wealth of local professionals who participate in the program will guide you through your studies. Our alumni work in a range of areas, including economic consulting for private firms, policy analysis for research organizations and empirical research at governmental and nongovernmental organizations. Many even launch their own businesses. Some students stay in Washington, while others return to their home countries. GW’s Center for Career Services works closely with our students to ensure that you find the best place possible to apply your skills. And our alumni network helps you keep up with developments at GW and stay in touch with your professors and classmates.

I look forward to welcoming you to Washington, D.C., and to GW! If you still have questions after exploring the website, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I also encourage students to make plans to come see me when you are in town.


Joann M. Weiner

Director, MA in Applied Economics Program