The Economics Department offers a two-year graduate program designed for working adults. The MA in Applied Economics brings three distinctive features to studying economics:
- an innovative curriculum examining both traditional and alternative economic approaches to important public policy issues affecting access, opportunity, and inequality;
- a focus on urban economic issues in a global context including labor markets, poverty, migration, health, housing, the environment, education systems, local development, discrimination, and the economic roles of governments and nonprofits;
- an emphasis on the practical application of key social science research methods to analyze and advance the functioning of economic and social systems in cities around the world.
This master's program, which started in fall 2012, is designed to sharpen students' critical-thinking, problem-solving, empirical, and professional-speaking skills as they engage in dynamic classroom discussions about today’s challenging economic issues. Through classroom assignments and the final capstone research project or master’s thesis, students will design and implement applied economics research tailored to their own policy or career interests.
Our graduates work in federal government agencies, nonprofit research organizations, the financial sector, and private industry.
Classes are held in the late afternoon and early evening.
In addition, we offer a five-year accelerated BA/MA program for exceptional UMass Boston undergraduate students.