In the Department of Economics at the University at Buffalo, the basic objective of our focus on applied economics is to train students to apply economic analysis in several fields at the boundary of economics and other specialties. We develop professionals who understand the work that economists do and, more important, who have the ability to apply economic analysis to a broad range of problems in their future careers.
Our master's degree program achieves an ideal blend of theoretical analysis and real-world applications. The "applied" nature of our program aims to fill a niche; unlike a degree in business administration, we rely on fundamental economic analysis to explain capital goods and markets, the impact of government policies, and efficient business operations. As a result, not only will students be able to understand what is happening in business, macro, and international economy, they will also know why.
This emphasis on practical applications of theoretical economics and quantitative methods commands a high premium in many industries, including banking, finance, health care, international trade, advocacy groups, and government. It is one of the only programs in the nation to involve specialists in professional schools of law, medicine, and management, as well as those in the departments of mathematics and geography.
Our students are trained primarily for positions in business, banking, financial services, government, consulting, and not-for-profit organizations in the United States and abroad.
Students in our program represent 5 continents and over 35 countries. These diverse experiences enriches and broadens the learning environment.
Please see this webpage for more information on the requirements for the M.A. Program.