Applied Economics, MA

Masters in Applied Economics

The Economics Department offers a Master's in Applied Economics that is:

  • Designed for people currently working in a policy setting or for those desiring jobs as economists in a variety of settings in which economic policy analysis is relevant;
  • Offers a unique blend of training in both graduate-level theory and directly applicable practical tools; and
  • Can be pursued as a five-year BA/MA sequence for our own undergraduate majors.

Our program brings three distinctive features to the study of economics:

  • Insights from alternative economic approaches as well as traditional ones;
  • Emphasis on the practical application of key social science research methods; and
  • A focus on urban economic issues. 

Unlike most programs, our MA curriculum provides foundational courses in orthodox and heterodox economic theory. The design of the program strongly emphasizes the set of skills necessary to do applied economic research.

Recent graduates from our program have found jobs working as economic analysts in:

  • US Federal government agencies like the Bureau of Economic Analysis, Bureau of Labor Statistics, US Department of Agriculture, and the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center
  • State government including Massachusetts State Auditor, North Carolina Department of Commerce, and
  • Private and non-profit organizations  (e.g. The Century Fund, Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation, Tufts Medical Center; Bank of America, and ITR Research)

Some of our graduates have also pursued doctorates in related fields such as criminal justice and public health. 

Students are required to complete 32 credits with courses offered in late afternoons and evenings. Courses are conducted by distinguished faculty with a reputation for high-quality teaching and applied economics research in a range of fields including development, labor, feminist economics, environmental and ecological economics, economic of income distribution, labor, urban and regional, poverty, economic demography, and political economy of race and gender.  

For Further Information: Download a factsheet and browse our web pages.  If you have questions please contact Randy Albelda, Graduate Program Director at For application materials visit Graduate Admissions website