Program Overview

The Online Master of Science in Applied Economics (MSAE) program objective is to provide graduates with analytical capabilities in economic development, financial economics, and regulatory issues. The skills and competencies addressed by this program include market analysis, quantitative analysis, regulatory industry analysis, financial economics, and economic development. These capabilities represent a unique combination of skills that are needed within society.

The program provides the quantitative and analytical skills for graduates to assist businesses in the market analysis including quantitative, regulatory, and economic development. Graduates will be able to compete for employment in financial institutions, industry, and government enterprises engaged in financial economic development, public utilities and federal and state regulatory agencies.

Are you looking for a graduate degree that prepares you to apply theoretical and empirical tools to business and policy problems?

The fully-online Master of Science in Applied Economics (MSAE) program provides students with the skills and competencies necessary to perform a theoretically meaningful empirical analysis of financial markets, industrial organization, government regulation, international trade, health care, economic development, and consumer choice. Our students learn how to evaluate business decisions and policy programs and explain the progression of various events and their impact on the economy in a business or policy context.

Do you want to excel at managing rapid change?

To manage change, we first establish that which has not changed. The economic theory courses provide a foundation in the structure and common patterns of business and policy decisions. This foundation helps to put new events in the context of what we already know and to see what has largely remained constant from one situation to the next. We then focus on the determinants and causes of change. The empirical economics courses teach you to quantify relationships and to evaluate the relative importance of changes in the economic environment, thus gaining a better understanding of what has been fundamentally altered. The third step is to transfer knowledge across fields so that expertise gained in one area may be used to analyze previously unobserved threats and opportunities. The elective courses deliver knowledge in individual areas of economics while honing your ability to transfer your knowledge and problem-solving skills across content fields. By learning to transfer your knowledge across content fields, you recognize the characteristics of new problems, adapt quickly to new circumstances, and attack the problems with skills developed from other areas.

Why approach business and policy analysis with this focus?

Without a solid theoretical underpinning that helps you understand the structure of economic decisions, each problem or opportunity seems completely new and unique. Why reinvent the analytical wheel every time something changes? We believe that large changes in the policy and business landscape can be analyzed by carefully applying economic concepts that are already well understood. Very little that happens is truly new. The underlying economic structure remains stable but is often obscured by constantly changing circumstances. The MSAE helps you apply established concepts to new circumstances so you can avoid the trap inherent in treating every threat and opportunity as unique rather than as variations on a theme we have already seen.

Why base analytics on economic theory?

Our graduates are prepared to build sound econometric models, to use the best available software packages to estimate them and to interpret results in a way that helps make business and policy decisions. We believe the currently fashionable reliance on data mining and wrangling without sound theoretical underpinnings that allow correct interpretation of the results in a cohesive and systematic manner is a weakness in the decision-making process for both business and policy.

Where do graduates go from here?

Graduates will be able to compete for employment in the for-profit and non-profit private sectors and in federal, state, and local agencies.

What are the key advantages in the structure and delivery of the program?

Geographic flexibility

  • Fully-online program
  • No campus visits required

Schedule flexibility

  • Courses are fully asynchronous permitting students to complete their work on their own schedule
  • 2-year (5 semesters) curriculum with a spring or fall start
  • Take 2 courses/semester to accommodate busy schedules

Strong academics

  • Courses designed and delivered by experienced Georgia Southern professors certified to teach online
  • Engagement in simulations, discussions and multimedia presentations
  • Training in applied economic analysis using real-world data
  • AACSB accredited

Stackable credentials

  • Graduate Certificate in Applied Economics meets regional accreditation for teaching
  • Seamless transition from the certificate to the MSAE

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The MSAE helps you develop answers to business and policy questions.

  • Why did households respond to a policy change in an unexpected manner?
  • How should your firm respond to changes in government regulation?
  • How to design effective policies and make a managerial decision to minimize unintended consequences?
  • How to interpret the results of empirical studies?
  • How do we model the behavior of our competitors to find a more profitable strategy?

Regular Admission Requirements

Admission into the Master of Science in Applied Economics program is competitive. To be considered for regular admission students must satisfy the following requirements:

  1. Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  2. Undergraduate GPA: minimum of 3.00 on a 4.00 point scale
  3. Competitive GRE scores
  4. Completed courses in calculus, statistics, intermediate level macroeconomics, and intermediate level microeconomics with a minimum grade of “C” in each course and a minimum GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale in these courses
  5. Completed Math for Applied Economics (ECON 7130) with a minimum grade of “C”

Students who apply by the deadlines below and meet the first four requirements will be conditionally admitted and given the opportunity to take Math for Applied Economics. The Math for Applied Economics requirement will be waived upon demonstration of current proficiency in algebra and calculus. Contact the Program Director for details. The GRE requirement may be waived at the discretion of the Program Director for applicants holding a graduate degree in a quantitative field.

The GRE requirement may be waived at the discretion of the program director for applicants holding a graduate degree in a quantitative field.

*International transcripts must be evaluated by a NACES accredited evaluation service and must be a course by course evaluation and include a GPA.

Provisional

Applicants may be admitted on a provisional basis based upon the evaluation of their application materials. Provisional admission is for applicants who do not satisfy regular admission requirements or applicants who require pre-requisite coursework prior to entering the program.

(Online) Degree Requirements: 30 Credit Hours

Tuition fees are available here.

Admission Deadlines

Fall Spring Summer
Final Deadline Priority: March 15
Final: May 1
October 1 Does not Admit
Program taught in:
English

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Last updated May 16, 2019
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