Graduate School of Management
MS in Applied Economics
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.
In contrast to traditional, purely academic master's degree programs in economics, 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.
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. This option permits students to complete two MSAE courses in their senior year, complete two more courses in the summer after their senior year, and then complete the remainder of their coursework and their graduate professional research project with two more semesters of coursework.