​The combined Bachelor's/Master's degree programs allow students to complete 12 graduate credit hours while still undergraduates. These three graduate level courses will count toward both the undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Economics (BSB)/Business and Economic Policy Analysis (MS)

The MS in Business and Economic Policy Analysis gives students a distinguished and marketable set of skills in economic theory as it applies to business and policy analysis. Students learn how to conduct statistical and econometric research grounded in sound economic models using data from multiple sources on different issues. In addition, students will be able to explain their results and policy recommendations not only to economists, but also to politicians and the general public.

M.S.-BEPA 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.

Undergraduate students will apply to the program during their junior year and will take the following three graduate level courses during their senior year:

These three courses will count towards completion of the BSB with a major in Economics and will also count towards completion of the MS-BEPA. The undergraduate degree will be awarded at the completion of all undergraduate work while the MS-BEPA will be awarded upon completion of the remaining graduate level work.

ECO 507

RESEARCH METHODS FOR POLICY ANALYSIS I

This course focuses on the tools and techniques used to statistically analyze economic data. We will focus on both theoretical understanding (why do we use such tools and how do they work) and applied understanding (the ability to carry on a research project using these tools). Students will learn Stata, which is the most widely used statistical analysis programming language in Economics. Students will learn the practical skills of how to choose the right tools for the analysis, how to prepare and inspect the data, and how to run an analysis that is robust, can be replicated, and can be understood and used by others - all extremely valuable qualities in real life work.
Prerequisites:
ECO 555 or 505