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.

The MS Economics degree is intended for students who: desire more rigorous Masters level education and training in economics, with the aim of pursuing a career in analytical, financial, or international economics. There are three tracks a student can select from: Financial, International , and Applied Micro-Econometrics.

The M.S. Program emphasizes the acquisition of applied econometric skills that can then be used to perform business research that employers increasingly demand. The M.S. program provides the most advanced training possible in economics short of obtaining the PhD degree.

Potential careers can include economic consulting, teaching at the collegiate level, performing research at a government agency or think tank; or preparing to enter into a Ph.D. program in economics or related business field.

The M.S. Program appeals to students who are interested in quantitative research. The M.A. allows you to become familiar with the research of others. The M.S. teaches you how to do the research yourself.

Students in our program represent 5 continents and over 35 countries. These diverse experiences enriches and broadens the learning environment.

Due to recent developments, we are no longer accepting Masters Students for Spring semester. You can apply and begin the Masters Economics Programs in Fall semester only.