MA in Applied Economics

Applied economics is the use of economic theories, quantitative tools, statistic models and data to solve real-world issues. Students in the Master of Arts in Applied Economics program develop skills in macro- and microeconomics and learn to analyze and forecast economic trends in a range of areas, including budgetary and fiscal policy, international trade and finance, labor and urban economics. Graduates are prepared for positions as economic analysts in government, private consulting firms, financial institutions, international organizations and applied policy research institutions.

Why Applied Economics at GW?

GW’s MA in Applied Economics provides you with the tools to succeed as economists in today’s data-driven world. Thanks to the University’s extensive academic offerings, students may take courses not only in economics, but also in subjects such as data science, budgeting and public policy, health and development economics, and geographical information systems, or in programs such as Public Policy, Business, Public Health, and Science and Engineering. Our applied economics MA is a STEM-designated program.

As a graduate student, you have access to all of the resources on GW’s campus and its more than 100 graduate program offerings – an advantage offered to all GW graduate students……...

In terms of the program, you benefit from one-on-one advising through regular meetings with the Program Director, whose office is located in the Economics Department. The Director provides individual guidance on course selection, internships, and career opportunities as well as giving overall advice and suggestions on how to structure your coursework to meet your personal objectives. You’ll be taught by a diverse faculty from both the academic world and those who are working at local economic organizations, giving you the insights from a wide range of perspectives.

GW’s applied economics program offers several distinctive features. You can combine your MA in applied economics with a specialized Graduate Certificates and obtain two degrees simultaneously. You can take free workshops in Stata and in Oral and Written Communications.  Finally, you can obtain funding for conducting research with economics professors, for working as a grader, or for pursuing an unpaid internship.

Because GW’s applied economics program is located within the economics department at GW, applied economics students have access to all of the programs offered to economics graduate students in the Ph.D. program. You can take advantage of the variety of seminars, numerous research centers and programs, the Student Association for Graduate Economics (SAGE), and mentorship from a faculty of internationally-recognized experts and practitioners.

Students benefit from GW’s location within walking distance of the Federal Reserve Board, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the International Trade Administration, the Office of Management and Budget and numerous other governmental, non-governmental and private agencies that hire economists. Students have ample opportunity for hands-on experience and internships. 

All of these benefits – program, university, and location --- help prepare you to enter the job market with a competitive advantage.

To learn more about the program, take a look at the other web pages on this site, attend an online information session or watch a previously recorded session, and explore GW’s pages on graduate studies.

If you have any questions, please contact the Director of the program, Dr. Joann M. Weiner at [email protected].

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