"As a graduate student of economics at UMSL, I picked up valuable skills in the area of econometrics, monetary policy, and international finance. I am grateful to all my economics professors (Prof. Anne Winkler, Prof. Larry White, Prof. Don Kridel, Prof. Don Sweeney, and Prof. Susan Feigenbaum, to name a few) for their guidance and excellent academic training that has helped me in my nascent career. I cannot emphasize enough the importance of classroom training in helping me find a job – I still remember bringing along a copy of my econometrics paper from Prof. Winkler’s class for a job interview for a quantitatively demanding role as an staff economist. Needless to say, not only did my econometrics paper help to convince the interviewers I had sound training in quantitative analysis, but also helped me get the job!"
State Street Bank, Boston
“I graduated with an MA in Economics from UMSL. Upon graduation I had a body of research projects that had not only given me invaluable working experience but also a collection of writing samples to show to potential employers. The depth of the quantitative training that is available is like no other and provides extremely valuable and marketable skills that few recent graduates possess. It was this experience, as well as the intense theoretical discipline that I gained in the graduate theory classes that set me apart in my field where I currently work as a Model Validation Analyst for US Bank.
The economics MA program at UMSL is a shining example of a complete, quality education available for commuting professionals. I cannot say enough nice things about my experience at UMSL’s economics department.”
Model Validation Analyst
“The most important influence that the Masters program at UMSL had on my success was the cohort effect among the folks that worked in the student computer lab and helped with economics tutoring. This experience helped form my understanding of economics and inspired me to continue learning. The faculty all had an open door policy for the students and I took full advantage of their willingness to answer questions that stumped the students. I never found any hesitation among my peers or the faculty to engage in an interesting question or solve an empirical puzzle. This was great preparation for further graduate school and later in my teaching.”
Michael D. Thomas
Economics and Finance Faculty
Utah State University
MA, UMSL 2005
PhD, George Mason University 2009
“I loved the time I spent working on both my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Economics. The teachers were always there to help if I didn’t understand something, or to debate on theories that are still evolving. The best part was that I never left a class without learning something useful that I could apply somewhere in my life.
The broad array of skills, analytical reasoning, and software knowledge that I gained while earning my degree allowed me to have a job I love with lots of opportunities for advancement. I was able to find a job within four months after graduation, doing the work I’ve always dreamed of.
My Economics degree taught me the skills I need at my current job, and will continue to pay off as I move throughout my career.”
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services –
Bureau of Environmental Epidemiology