Career Opportunities

  • Business/Data Analyst
  • Analytics Manager
  • Health Economist
  • Financial and Investment Planner
  • Pricing Specialist
  • Consultant
  • Policy Analyst
  • Forecaster
  • Econometrician
  • Lawyer


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Program Overview

The MA in Economics is specifically designed for those seeking to work as professional economists. Students acquire knowledge and a versatile set of skills that are highly valued in the workplace. A unique feature of the program is the opportunity to take a large number of courses in applied economics and data analysis and to gain knowledge through individual and group projects. The program can accommodate prospective full-time students as well as those who wish to study part-time and has an excellent track record of placing graduates in private sector and government jobs and in top PhD programs.

Econ MA Program Highlights (flyer)

The MA in Economics requires the completion of 30 graduate credit hours, including 9 hours in required core courses:

ECON 5001 Microeconomics Analysis 3
ECON 5002 Macroeconomic Analysis 3
ECON 5100 Econometric Theory and Methods 3

In addition, candidates must complete at least 21 hours of electives. A maximum of 6 hours of economics electives may be taken at the 4000 level. With the approval of the graduate coordinator, students may take up to 9 hours of graduate courses outside the Department of Economics. In particular, students interested in business economics may take up to three approved graduate business courses for their electives. A Certificate in Econometrics and Data Analysis can be earned concurrently.

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What UMSL Arts & Sciences has to offer

The College of Arts and Sciences at UMSL creates the next poets, conservation biologists, symphony soloists, psychological scientists, historians, criminologists, chemists, sculptors, painters, communicators, space explorers and speakers of French, German, Japanese and Spanish. With nearly 4,000 undergraduate students, 800 graduate students and 450 faculty, it’s the largest college and academic backbone of the university.

Supporting the university’s mission, the college provides a diverse student body access to an affordable, quality education with expert faculty. A strong focus on research and scholarship has students exploring the latest thought and theory, while giving them access to ground-breaking studies through undergraduate and graduate research opportunities. Emphasis on the arts and sciences working in communion leads to graduates with a holistic understanding of their fields, creating the best scholars for academia and professionals for the world.

The College of Arts and Sciences consists of some 275 full-time faculty members in 18 departments and is home to the School of Fine and Performing Arts. The college offers a wide range of degree programs in areas such as Anthropology, Art and Design, Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Biology, Chemistry, Communication and Media, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Economics, English, Languages and Cultural Studies, History, Mathematics and Computer Science, Philosophy, Physics and Astronomy, Political Science, Psychological Sciences, Sociology, and Theatre and Cinema Arts.

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