The Master of Science in Applied Economics (MSAE)

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The innovative and immersive Master of Science in Applied Economics (MSAE) focuses on practical career applications of economics knowledge and expertise. It will qualify you for employment as an economic researcher, analyst, consultant, and other positions in a wide variety of private and public enterprises.

Why pursue your Master's in Applied Economics at Bryant?

  • Enhance and apply your expertise in a real-world setting through integrated experiential learning (full- or part-time internship aligned with your career path).
  • Elective courses available through high-touch eLearning (online).
  • Built-in flexibility: the time required to complete the MSAE depends entirely on your preferred pace.
  • Inspiring faculty with deep and broad practical experience in the field.
  • The Center for Global & Regional Economic Studies at Bryant University provides additional opportunities to collaborate with faculty, business and government.

MSAE graduates will be prepared to successfully participate in a growing and high-paying labor market: A recent search on identified thousands of jobs available with a starting salary of $80,000 or more for individuals with a master’s degree in economics. A large share of those jobs are in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York. Those who earn master’s degrees typically earn $600,000 more throughout their careers ompared to individuals holding only bachelor’s degrees.

Upon completion of the degree you will be able to

  • research and analyze economic and business problems;
  • prepare reports and present research results;
  • interpret and forecast market trends;
  • design policies and make recommendations for solving economic and business problems;
  • understand the economic and business implications of important domestic and international issues related to trade policy, poverty, the environment, development, and others.

No. Graduate studies in economics are open to any undergraduate major. Students with limited quantative and economic skills may be asked to take undergraduate courses to prepare them for advanced study in economics. Any "foundation" requirements and timeline for completion of these requirements will be stated in the acceptance letter.
You may submit either GRE or GMAT scores taken within five eyars of the date of application. Qualified applicants may request a GRE/GMAT waiver or choose to opt out of these standardized tests if they schedule an interview eith the Economics Graduate Admission Committee.
International applicants need to submit a TOEFL score if the native languate is not English or if the applicant has not completed a degree from a program taught in English. In addition, transcripts from colleges/universities outside the U.S. must be translated into English and converted to a 4.0 GPA sale. Finally, a completed International Student Certification of Finances must be submitted if the applicant is seeking an I-20.
An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 is required for unconditional admission; applicants with a GPA below 3.0 may be admitted conditionally and allowed to continue in the program after earning a GPA of 3.0 or better in the first two graduate courses..
Yes, up to two graduate courses, with the permission of the program director.
With built-in flexibility, the time required to complete the MSAE depends entirely on an individual's preferred pace of study. It can be completed in one year as part of an accelerated master's degree program, or in two or more years.
No. Students may elect to complete the master's degree by researching and writing a master's paper or completing an applied research project.
The core courses are face to face. However, you are allowed to take elective online classes to meet the degree requirements. Our high-touch online courses are taught by faculty with deep and broad practical experience in the field using competency-based teaching methods that involve hands-on exercises to help you gain practical knowledge of economics.
Applications are accepted at any time. However, the date of the submission and acceptance determine your start date. Acceptance decisions are usually made within a week of submission of all application materials.
You can start in the fall, spring, or summer terms.
Yes, an undergraduate who has completed at least 90 credit hours and has an overall GPA of at least 3.0 may begin graduate studies as a special student. Apply for Special Student status during spring semester of junior year..
$27,960 ($932 per credit hour)
The program offers scholarships on a competitive basis to incoming and continuing students. Students can also apply for government-sponsored and private education loans and seek on-campus employment opportunities. For more information, please, visit the Graduate School Financial Aid page.

Examples from the curriculum

Foundations of Quantitative Analysis (online)
Applied Econometrics for Business and Policy Required
Advanced Applied Microeconomics Required
Advanced Applied Macroeconomics
Labor Economics
Economics of Health and Medical Care
Economic Impact and Evaluation: Methods and Practice (online)
Professional Economic Analyses and Reporting (online) Elective
Applied Public Policy
Experiential Learning in Applied Economics (graduate practicum)
Directed Study in Applied Economics
Corporate Governance in the 21st Century
Analytics Methods and Applications
Data Mining and Predictive Analytics
Health Communication
Ethical Public Communication
Culminating Experience (MSAE students can satisfy this requirement by completing a master's paper or professional report)

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