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MS Applied Economics FAQs
What can I do with a MSAE degree?
The Master of Science in Applied Economics (MSAE) degree is for individuals seeking careers as economic, market or financial analysts in industry, government, or the financial sector. The program provides students the solid grounding in economic theory and the working knowledge of advanced quantitative methods needed to succeed as business economists, market or financial analysts, economic researchers, government staff economists, or economic consultants.
Are there specializations within the MS degree?
Yes, students can specialize in business economics, marketing research, financial economics, real estate economics or international economics specialization. However, you can complete the program in a general track allowing you to focus exclusively on economics courses.
Aren’t most MS Economics degrees traditionally academic?
True but Marquette's MSAE program concentrates on developing and applying practical skills which can be used to solve real problems confronting business and government. The curriculum is designed to produce practitioners who can design, develop and interpret economic models. As a result, courses emphasize the application of economic theory and the use of quantitative techniques rather than the derivation of their theoretical underpinnings. Communication skills also are stressed through frequent written and oral presentations of results from applied projects.
How long will it take me to complete?
The program is usually completed in three or four semesters. However, a five year BA/MSAE or BS/MSAE option is also available that reduces the time necessary to complete the MSAE degree.
Can I attend part-time?
You can attend the MSAE program as a full-time or part-time student. Classes are held in the evening to accommodate for regular work schedules during the day.
Will I have an advisor?
Yes, your advisor will be the faculty director of the program. Students will meet with their advisor on a regular basis for course selection to be sure they are on track to graduate.
Are internships available?
Many full-time students participate in internships after their first year in the program. Credits for internship to do not count toward the 30 credits required for the degree.