The M.S. in Economics and Policy Analysis (M.S.-E.P.A.) gives students a distinguished and marketable set of skills in economic theory as it applies to policy analysis. In this 13 course program, students learn how to conduct statistical and econometric research grounded in sound economic models using data from multiple sources on different policy issues. In addition, students will be able to explain their results and policy recommendations not only to economists, but also to non-economists, politicians, and the general public.
M.S.-E.P.A. graduates can find employment in the private sector working for corporations in governmental relations departments, in federal and state governmental agencies, in trade associations or lobbying firms, or in the not-for-profit sector.
In this course of study, students will:
- Develop a Master’s level knowledge of applied economic theory.
- Learn the economic and political functions of government and how the two functions interact with each other in the public sector.
- Learn to conduct econometric research -- collect, interpret, manipulate, and analyze policy-related data.
- Develop writing skills to communicate research findings to a variety of audiences including business professionals, economists, policy makers, and the public at large.
- Have the opportunity to participate in Congressional Research Fellowships, if accepted through a separate application process, which will give students hands-on experience in a policy making environment. The fellowships will also allow participating students to develop extensive career networks which lead to employment opportunities.
Graduates can pursue careers in both the private and public sectors as analysts in trade associations, in business development and government relations departments, and in all levels of the public and not-for-profit sector.