Flexible, rigorous, and relevant, the Master of Science (M.S.) in
Applied Economics provides you with the theoretical knowledge and
skills you need to succeed in today's data-driven economy.
“After just one semester in the MSAE program I have already been able to apply some of the concepts in everyday situations at work to solve problems around pricing and forecasting. Without training in statistical modeling programs like Stata and R that I received in the MSAE program my solutions to these problems could not have been as accurate or robust.”
Michael D. Hanson '18
Manager – New Product Development, Verizon Labs
The M.S. in Applied Economics, a STEM Designated Degree Program, will prepare you to use the data analysis and tools organizations rely on to evaluate policies and programs, develop forecasts, better understand consumer behavior, and analyze marketing efforts. Housed at a top-tier research institution and taught by a faculty of accomplished academics and current industry practitioners, Boston College's M.S. in Applied Economics also emphasizes ethical decision-making—a hallmark of Jesuit education.
At Boston College, you can pursue your master's degree full time or part time. Classes are held in the evenings, allowing students to continue working or take on internships while they are studying.
The program of study includes five core requirements that give you a solid foundation in the theoretical and quantitative tools of economic analysis and an ethics-based approach to public policy. Five elective courses in subjects such as big data, health care economics, economics of banking and insurance, marketing research, and economic development round out the curriculum.
The program emphasizes the practical application of coursework and academic study. Guided by faculty members who are seasoned professionals, you will learn to analyze data and work with data analysis tools. Experience with the hands-on work economists do will prepare you to "hit the ground running" upon graduation.
"With economic data more readily available than ever, knowing how to analyze it helps me add value to my company. Already, the coursework in statistical analysis has been beneficial—even eye-opening—to me. I see myself applying the degree immediately to my career in financial services or in a handful of other fields."
M.S. in Applied Economics '17