Main Economics


The UB Department of Economics is committed to the educational goals of the University at Buffalo. These include providing students the basic knowledge required to understand how economic problems are approached, and imparting the basic qualitative and quantitative tools used by economists to solve economic problems. The Department is dedicated to contribute to these goals by devoting efforts to better serve the needs of our undergraduate and graduate students, by engaging in cutting edge research, and by continuously improving the design of our academic programs, our curriculums and our course offerings.

As a part of serving our Economics community, we are in our 3rd year of the 3E Project and the Center of Excellence on Human Capital. The 3E’s agenda is centered on developing the area of human capital – its role in the economy and society - into one of the University’s areas of strength and major themes for UB 2020. The program aims to achieve this objective through furthering the development of existing strengths in Economics and GSE and promoting the visibility of the Center for Human Capital and its chief academic asset, the Journal of Human Capital

 

Department Student Learning Outcomes

Students majoring in economics will learn and apply the methods of economics in depth.  They will become familiar with the discipline, the role economics plays in relation to other areas of study, and the impact economics has on decisions and policymaking. At the end of their academic program, all Economics students should:

  • Have a basic understanding of macroeconomics and microeconomics that will enable them to succeed in both academic and professional post-undergraduate pursuits.

  • Be able to analyze current economic issues employing argumentation, written communication, mathematical models, and graphical analysis.

  • Present information in quantitative formats that are clear and move the argument forward.

  • Recognize, define, and analyze the constraints associated with resources and identify both cost and the benefits of particular “solutions” to social, economic, and political problems.

  • Evaluate the feasibility of the success of a particular social strategy based upon the underlying economic realities.

 

 

Undergraduate

Graduate

Spring 2015

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Spring 2015

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Fall 2015

M.S. Application

M.A. Applications


Welcome all new MA/MS Economics Students

We are delighted to have you in our program and are looking for a productive and rewarding interaction with you. We realize that many of you did not come to our orientation session yesterday because we could not send you a notice about it well in advance of the meeting as we normally do. For the benefit of those of you who were not present in the orientation session, we promised to share with you at least one bit of information that was presented in the meeting by the Department Chairman, SUNY Distinguished Professor Isaac Ehrlich. It contains data on the labor market for those holding Master degrees in economics compared to other disciplines. There were many other types of information delivered to those present in the orientation session about the objectives of our MA/MS program and the way it functions by the MA Program Director, Professor Winston Chang, and by Lecturer Tom Labert of the Merrill Lynch Division of the Bank of America.

Having been pioneers in the development of this program as a stand-alone, day time program based on specializations in areas like Financial Economics, International Economics, and Law and Economics, and Quantitative Methods which are now emulated by many other schools, we remain particularly proud of the strong mix of analytical skills and practical insights we offer to our students in the program which make them excellent candidates for employment in the private sectors or admission to first rate PhD program. We hope you will follow some of the relevant developments in our MA/MS program by continually visiting our web site and by attending the social gatherings we are planning for you. Meantime, however, let share with you the labor market data you may be pleased to see.

 

BLS data about Mid-Career Annual salaries and Projected Employment increases for those holding Master’s degrees in 2012 published by Forbes Magazine

 

 

 

 

 

Master’s Subject

Projected Job Outlook 2012-22 Increase (%)

Mid-Career Pay ($)

Top 10 By Salary

Electrical Engineering

17.7

121,000

Economics

14.3

115,000

Physics

20.3

114,000

Computer Science

22.3

109,000

Physician Assistant

30.0

97,000

Information Systems

23.3

95,000

Mathematics

24.7

91,500

Health Care Administration

22.0

87,800

Nursing

21.7

85,900

Chemistry

10.5

85,700

 

Other MA subjects you might have contemplated

Occupational Therapy

33.0

79,200

Human Resources Management

17.0

77,200

Architecture

16.3

77,100

Geography

29.0

74,760

Biology

12.0

74,100

History

17.1

64,100

English

8.0

62,900

Education

14.7

60,100

Music

11.3

57,000

Library and Information Science

8.5

57,000

Counseling

22.0

53,000