Master of Arts in Economics

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Master of Arts in Economics

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Graduates of the Master of Arts in Economics will have the knowledge and experience to qualify for a wide and rapidly expanding range of analyst positions in the private or public sectors. Graduates will be particularly well suited for positions requiring both modeling skills and substantial experience in the analysis and interpretation of firm-level, industry, or macroeconomic data.


A unique feature of the program is a three-course core sequence in applied econometrics. These courses emphasize the application of modeling techniques and data analysis through the introduction of cases and projects. Through these courses, students acquire a working knowledge of up-to-date powerful statistical software and broad experience in working with a variety of real data sets.


Graduates of the MA program in Economics, in addition to holding highly competitive terminal credentials as analysts, will find their degree to be an outstanding bridge to doctoral work, should their career path lay in that direction. Students with particular interest in financial or health sector positions may elect the optional specializations in financial or health economics.


500 and 600 level courses are offered in the evening either one evening per week from 7-9:40 pm or twice a week from 5:30-6:45 pm. All business courses are held in Snead Hall. The flexibility of our program allows students to enroll full-time or part-time per semester depending on their preference.

Curriculum


Students may elect a Master of Arts in Economics without specialization or may specialize in Financial or Health Economics. The specialization in Financial Economics combines the theoretical and econometric foundation obtained in the core courses of the concentration in quantitative economics with an in-depth study of their application to financial markets. Graduates of the MA program in Economics with Health Economic Specialization, in addition to holding highly competitive terminal credentials as analysts, will find their degree to be an outstanding bridge to doctoral work, should their career path lay in that direction, in program such as the Ph.D. in Healthcare Policy and Research offered in the School of Medicine at VCU.


The Master of Arts in Economics without specialization requires 30 semester hours of work, while the specializations in financial or health economics require 33 semester hours. Both a thesis and a nonthesis option are available.

Last updated Jan 2018

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Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business Located on Main Street in Richmond, VA, the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business delivers business-ready leaders for the real world. ... Read More

Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business Located on Main Street in Richmond, VA, the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business delivers business-ready leaders for the real world. The VCU School of Business ranks in the top five percent of business schools worldwide due to its AACSB International-accredited status. Our dedicated faculty and prime location within one of the top research universities in the nation ensure that students have the support they need to pursue the aspects of business they find most interesting. The school is a close-knit community within a large urban university. Take a walk around Snead Hall, our state-of-the-art building, and you will find students studying together in the armchairs of the atrium, collaborating on group projects in our fourteen breakout rooms and the da Vinci Center, meeting with faculty in the cafe, and gathering in the student organization meeting room. Opportunities to gain practical work experience abound thanks to the school's many connections with the local and regional business community. Students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels interact with executives through coursework, internships, and industry-affiliated student organizations. Our Career Services center brings students and employers together through career fairs, networking events, on-site interviews, and other career-building activities. Upon graduation, students are welcomed into the VCU Business Alumni Society, a strong and proud network of more than 25,000 alumni. We hope you will take time to learn more about the bachelors, masters, post-baccalaureate certificate and doctoral degrees we offer - and that you will see the opportunities waiting for you in the collaborative, experiential learning environment inside the school's headquarters, Snead Hall. Are you ready? Read less