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The Master of Science in Quantitative Economics (MSQE) degree can be completed in as little as one year, emphasizes practical applications and interactive learning, is a STEM designated degree, and includes close collaboration with members of a world-class economics faculty and forecasting team.
The program has been designated as a Certified Forecaster Program by The International Institute of Forecasters (IIF), and is ranked 6th in the nation for the 2019 Top Master of Financial Economics Programs.
The program’s sister organization, CERF, is one of only six university-based forecast centers in the country that is included in the Wall Street Journal’s Economic Forecasting Survey.
"This program provided me with a challenging mathematical-oriented degree that focused on real-world applications. It's fantastic preparation for either career advancement or a Ph.D. program." Molly Clancy Senior Quantitative Modeler, Control Insights, and Analytics, Google
The M.S. in Quantitative Economics degree emphasizes practical applications in curriculum and interactive learning, including close collaboration with members of a world-class economic faculty and economics forecasting team. With a strong emphasis on the development of applied economic concepts and theory, this unique evening program rigorously prepares our students in mathematics, statistical analysis and research. Click here to learn more about our courses.
Certified Forecaster Program
The M.S. in Quantitative Economics has been designated as a certified forecaster program by The International Institute of Forecasters (IIF) and has been ranked 4th in the nation for Quantitative Financial Economics Programs.
Center for Economic Research and Forecasting
There is no substitute for quality experience. Students in our M.S. in Quantitative Economics program put to practice the curriculum they learn in class at Cal Lutheran’s Center for Economic Research and Forecasting (CERF). In close collaboration with faculty, our students work in a thriving professional environment to create customized reports for businesses, government, and nonprofit organizations. Students use their applied economists skills to:
Perform rigorous econometric analysis
Create and understand valid models and forecasts
Analyze options and make recommendations
Present and defend the analysis and recommendations in writing and in formal presentations.
On a larger scale, students help develop annual Ventura and San Fernando Valley counties’ economic forecasts, as well as Oregon’s.
This is a serious program. It’s not easy. You need to be able to do the math and you need to work. But when people see the M.S. in Quantitative Economics on your resume, they know what it means. You will bring the tangible, real-world skills and high-level problem solving abilities they need. It makes a big difference.
Julia Kaminskaya ‘13, M.S. in Quantitative Economics
The following is the list of courses required to obtain a Master of Science in Quantitative Economics.
ECON 510 Econometrics 1 (3 credits)
ECON 511 Econometrics 2 (3 credits)
ECON 512 Econometrics 3 (3 credits)
ECON 513 Modeling (3 credits)
ECON 520 Microeconomic Theory - Part 1 (3 credits)
ECON 521 Microeconomic Theory - Part 2 (3 credits)
ECON 530 Macroeconomic Theory - Part 1 (3 credits)
ECON 531 Macroeconomic Theory - Part 2 (3 credits)
Financial Economic Series
ECON 543 Introduction to Financial Economics (3 credits)
ECON 544 Financial Economics II: Theory and Practice of Derivatives (3 credits)
ECON 545 Financial Economics III: Risk Management for Financial Institutions (3 credits)
ECON 555 Economics and Environmental Policy (3 credits)
ECON 542 Operations Research (3 credits, Elective)
If you're an undergraduate business major at Cal Lutheran, you can earn your M.S. in Quantitative Economics in only one year by taking courses during your senior year.
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Overton Graduate Fellowship in Economics
The purpose the Overton Graduate Fellowship is to assist graduate students with demonstrated academic excellence in their pursuit of postgraduate Cal Lutheran education in Economics. It is awarded in instances of superior academic achievement and the amount of each individual Fellowship award varies.
Overton Summer Research Scholars in Economics
This summer research program for high achieving undergraduates in economics. These internships are open to undergraduates of any university and will be awarded for superior academic achievement. It provides an opportunity for potential MS Economics students to preview the pertinents of economic research. Learn more
The Overton Prize in Economics
This Overton Prize is awarded for outstanding work by a Cal Lutheran undergraduate student in Economics whose academic work is of singularly high quality — as demonstrated by overall academic performance and/or completion of an honors project. Recipients are chosen by faculty nomination and election. The award includes a certificate, a transcript notation and a cash prize.
Admission decisions for regular graduate standing are based on a review of the following materials in the candidate's file:
Bachelor's degree with demonstrated quantitative ability
Calculus: One year required with grade of B or better
Statistics: One course required with grade B or better; One year recommended
Econometrics: One course with a B or better is highly recommended
Computer Programming: Some familiarity and a willingness to learn is required
Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher (or equivalent)
GRE of 1000 or GMAT of 500 (may be waived, depending upon candidate's academic background)
Two letters of recommendation
An interview with an Admission Counselor
Work experience preferred but not required
Foundation courses may be needed for those who do not meet prerequisite requirements into the program. Such foundation courses do not count towards the degree
Program entry point is typically late August (Fall Term). In some cases other entry points are possible.