Degree Programs

 

Program Summary

M.A. Economics (MAE)
Designed to give students a quantitative approach to economics with the flexibility to tailor the degree to fit their future goals, this program offers comprehensive instruction in a wide range of areas within the discipline, including computational economics, economic analysis, and financial economics. Learn More
M.A. Analytical Political Economy (MAPE)
A joint master’s program of the Departments of Economics and Political Science, necessitated by a growing interest in political economy among young economists and in economics by young political scientists. Learn More
M.S. Economics & Computation (MSEC)
The joint field of economics and computer science has emerged from two converging intellectual needs: Computer science has become increasingly important for economists working with big data to address complex questions. Students interested in learning about computational mechanism design with applications to economics are ideal candidates for this program. Learn More
M.S. Quantitative Financial Economics (MQFE)
Designed for students who are seeking the greater depth and rigor that are increasingly required by advanced academic programs, as well as in the private sector, this program is unique in offering advanced courses in volatility modeling, analysis of high-frequency data, and continuous time finance. Learn More

 

Program Comparison

The MAE, MSEC, and MQFE degree programs classify as STEM (CIP Code 45.0603: Econometrics and Quantitative Economics). Students in these degree programs can apply for a 24-month STEM extension of F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT).

Curriculum

M.A.
Economics
(MAE)
M.A.
Analytical
Political Economy
(MAPE)
M.S.
Economics & Computation
(MSEC)
M.S.
Quantitative Financial Economics
(MQFE)
  • Technical coursework; flexible
  • Optional internship
  • Capstone course
  • Completion exercise
    • Portfolio
  • Technical coursework, with an emphasis on economic and mathematical modeling along with political theory
  • Optional internship
  • Qualifying examination
  • Portfolio
  • Technical coursework, with an emphasis on computer science and programming
  • Optional internship
  • Capstone course
  • Completion exercise
    • Portfolio
  • Quantitative coursework
  • Optional internship
  • Capstone course
  • Completion exercise
    • Portfolio

Duration

MAE MAPE MSEC MQFE
1.5 - 2 years 2 years 2 years 1.5 - 2 years

Funding

MAE MAPE MSEC MQFE
Financial aid available Financial aid available Financial aid available Financial aid available

Professional Interests

MAE MAPE MSEC MQFE
Ph.D.; applied research in academia, industry, or government; financial analysis Ph.D.; applied research in academia, industry, or government Ph.D.; applied research in academia, industry, or government Ph.D.; applied research in academia or financial markets

Ideal Candidate

MAE MAPE MSEC MQFE
  • May be finishing a B.A./B.S., M.A./M.S., or have some professional experience
  • Have interdisciplinary interests
  • Are prepared to enter a quantitatively rigorous program; have a full calculus sequence as well as linear algebra, probability, and statistics
  • Aim to pursue doctoral studies or professions in finance or accounting
  • May be finishing a B.A./B.S., M.A./M.S., or have some professional experience
  • Have a background in economics, political science, or applied mathematics
  • Want training and development in economic, mathematical, and statistical skills linked to political economy
  • Aim to pursue doctoral studies or professions in economics, public policy, or political science
  • May be finishing a B.A./B.S., M.A./M.S., or have some professional experience
  • Have a background in computer science and/or some professional experience
  • Want training and development in programming skills linked to economics and related areas
  • May be finishing a B.A./B.S., M.A./M.S., or have some professional experience
  • Have interdisciplinary interests
  • Are prepared to enter a quantitatively rigorous program; have a full calculus sequence as well as linear algebra, probability, and statistics
  • Aim to pursue doctoral studies or professions in finance and accounting

Deadlines

Applications need to be submitted by 11:59:59 p.m. EST of the calendar year of prospective admission on the following days:

MAE MAPE MSEC MQFE
January 15 February 1 February 15 Not accepting applications for 2020

For questions or assistance, please email the MA Program Assistant