Master of Science in Applied Economics

Welcome and thank you for your interest in the MS Applied Economics degree program at the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater. Now more than ever, businesses and other organizations require graduates who are skilled in quantitative and analytical methods, and who can use evidence based methods to inform decisions and policy. The MS Applied Economics degree is a one year professional Masters program that will prepare graduates for careers in a variety of fields including business, government, consulting, analytics, and research. 

Our program has a strong foundation in applied econometrics (data analysis), data management, and economic modeling that will train you well for a job as an economist in any type of setting. The curriculum emphasizes more economics, statistics, and econometrics than a traditional MBA curriculum.  Students in the program will also be trained in the use of statistical software that employers value (for example SAS, SPSS, STATA, Matlab, Eviews).

You can tailor your course choices to emphasize three or four of these topics:

  • Health Economics
  • Environmental Economics
  • Regional and Transportation Economics
  • Monetary Economics
  • International Macroeconomics


We also have faculty with specific expertise in many other areas who are willing to work with students on topics such as:

  • Education Policy
  • Development Economics
  • Advanced Forecasting Techniques
  • Analysis of Macroeconomic conditions


Our program provides rigorous training that can be completed in only one year. Classes focus on faculty/student interaction. Internships and graduate assistantships are available for a limited number of students.You can enter the MS Applied Economics program even if you did not major in economics as an undergraduate. Some preference is given to students with a good background in quantitative skills or prior training in economics, although students who earned their undergraduate degrees in other disciplines will be given consideration and are encouraged to apply. If you do not meet the admission requirements, you may still be accepted conditionally into the program, provided that you can successfully complete the necessary courses needed to satisfy the prerequisistes prior to starting the program.

The Department of Economics is housed within Hyland Hall, which contains state of the art technology used for teaching as well as research.


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