There are approximately 80 students active in the program in a given year and another 50
to 60 students admitted each fall semester.
Students are mostly part-time, hence, most classes are available during the evening (6:30
p.m. to 9:15 p.m.) or late afternoon (5:00 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.).
See the suggested program
of study (on the Economics Department website) for the length of time it takes to
complete the 31 units as full-time and part-time students.
We send an average of three graduate students per year to Ph.D. programs at institutions
such as George Mason University, U.C. Davis, Irvine and Santa Cruz, Stanford
University, Georgia State University, Northwestern, Carlton, NYU-Albany, Washington
University, Saint Louis.
We are proactive in helping interested students prepare for
Since the main emphasis of the program, however, is on applied policy
analysis, it is viewed by most of our students as a terminal degree.
Since most of our graduate students are already employed, the master’s degree is regarded
as an investment in upward advancement.
Students, who have been out of the workforce
for a few years, also use the master’s degree to reenter or to transition to a new industry.
The Department does not have a placement program for students.
In industry, students
typically work as project managers or in the finance departments.
Several of our alumni
have become prominent CFOs.
In the public sector, students work for the Labor
Department or Internal Revenue Service or Federal Reserve Bank.
Students also work in
local city economic development sectors.
Of course, the master’s degree will not
guarantee placement in any job.
The degree, particularly when coupled with a policy
study, signals potential employers about your commitment to be in the labor pool and
ability to do higher level work.
We do not accept letters of recommendation.
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