Ohio University

M.A. in Economics

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STEM-designated: The M.A. program at Ohio University prepares diverse students to apply economic theory to real world situations. The program qualifies as an Optional Practical Training Extension for STEM Students (STEM OPT) designated program, allowing international students to extend their training in the United States by 24 months after graduation.

Program Overview

The program mission is to provide students with rigorous quantitative and analytical skills to find a career in the public/private sector or pursue a Ph.D. degree in economics. The program emphasizes practical applications of economic theory. It is organized to provide students with analytical tools by which they can use to solve many economic problems existing in the real world. The program provides students with practical econometric skills that are popularly used in both private and public sectors.

Time to Degree: All academic requirements can be completed within 12 months, beginning in the fall semester and ending in August of the following year.

Career and Professional Opportunities

The applied economics degree prepares students for employment opportunities in both private and public sectors. Alternative placements include federal government agencies (e.g., the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the Federal Reserve Banks), state government agencies (e.g., Ohio State government), international organizations (e.g., the World Bank or other international nonprofit organizations), commercial banks, and private corporations.

It also provides students with opportunities to continue their study in Ph.D. programs. Some former graduates have continued their study in such prestigious Ph.D. programs as Stanford, Michigan, Wisconsin, Duke, Columbia, Brown, Johns Hopkins, etc.

Possible career paths:

  • Research Analyst: Research and analyze economic issues.
  • Financial manager: Analyze monetary aspects of a company/organization.
  • Policy analyst: Collect and compile data related to the economy, analyze them, recommend policies to the social and political groups.
  • College instructor

Difference from the Financial Economics Degree

The M.A. program in Applied Economics emphasizes solving real-world problems. It prepares students for employment opportunities at government agencies, international organizations, and in the private sector including financial institutions. The Master of Financial Economics prepares students for employment opportunities mainly in the financial sector, and includes study of accounting and finance as well as economics.


Financial Aid

Limited financial aid is available on a competitive basis. The grade point average (GPA), the university from which the candidate has graduated, and other credentials are used for aid decisions. No separate form is required to apply for financial aid. The applicant needs to specify if he/she would like to apply for aid in the graduate application form.

Program Mission

Provide students with rigorous quantitative and analytical skills to find a career in the public/private sector or pursue a Ph.D. degree in economics.

Program Learning Objectives

  1. Students acquire rigorous quantitative and analytical skills.
  2. Students understand macro and micro economic theory.
  3. Students apply econometric techniques to real world economic issues.
  4. Students acquire skills in R, SAS, and Stata.

Contact Us

For more information about the graduate programs in Economics, contact Dr. Roberto Duncan, Associate Professor and M.A. Graduate Chair.