Does an economic swing put your investigative mind into overdrive? Do you see the world through a mathematical lens? Do you draw dotted lines between local and global markets and the current events that surround them?
You have what it takes to master economics.
Economics is the weaving together of science, sociology, history, philosophy and mathematics to forecast futures and apply understanding to the past. Quite simply, economics is the ability to make informed decisions based on data. The Southern New Hampshire University online master’s in economics will show you how, in this 36-credit applied economics degree.
To paraphrase distinguished economist David Colander, economics is the interconnectedness of the political and sociological dimensions of a problem. Through observation and empirical exploration come informed answers. In other words, economics is not always a precise science. As an SNHU Master’s in Applied Economics candidate, you will acquire both the interpretive and scientific skills needed to become an expert decision-maker and thought leader in your chosen profession.
Online master's in economics students will explore diverse theoretical schools of thought and focus on the analysis of economic variables and the efficient use of resources. Students will emerge from the program with a balanced understanding of microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometric theory.
More specifically, students will acquire critical skills in:
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission – to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning your master’s in applied economics at SNHU include:
Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year for our five graduate terms. You can apply at any time and get a decision within days of submitting all required materials. To apply, simply contact an admission counselor, who can help you explore financial options. Your counselor can also walk you through the application process, which involves completing a graduate application ($40 fee) and providing undergraduate transcripts.
Candidates must also submit a professional resume.
Economists have a role in almost every type of organization. Traditional paths within the private sector include banking, real estate, marketing, data management, budgeting, sales and academia. Government economists can be found working in agriculture, business, finance, labor, transportation, utilities, urban economics and international trade. At the federal level, opportunities exist with such agencies as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Fannie Mae, the Department of Commerce, the Department of Transportation and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Students may also go in the direction of a nonprofit, international assistance or think tank. The list of opportunities goes on and on.
Projected national job growth for economists is 14 percent through 2022. The average salary of an economist in 2012, according the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, was $91,860 a year, with those holding master’s degrees or PhDs garnering somewhat more.
The faculty team for SNHU’s online master’s in economics is replete with expert economists who bring real-world experience to the classroom. From corporate vice presidents with prestigious certifications and PhDs working in global marketplaces to certified small business advisors and government consultants, this cross-section of know-how is among the best in higher education.
They will inspire you to:
This course serves as an introduction to economics at the graduate level. Exploration of the major schools of thought in economics as well as a historical approach to economics will introduce students to graduate level studies in economics. The historical review of economic theory will provide the basis for economic research. The course will explore economic agents and their interaction with the markets. An interdisciplinary approach will be used for this course in order to show the effects of economic thought and analysis through different areas.
This course will explore the more advanced areas of statistics and math, with a focus on economics and the methods that are mostly used in the applied economics field. The course will build on the mathematics and statistics background that the students have explored in previous courses. Advance regressions methods will be used, and a number of tools will be used for calculation. This course prepares the students in the Applied Economics degree for the advanced courses in econometrics.
This course serves as a graduate-level introduction to advanced microeconomic theories and the application of these theories. The course will look at irrational versus rational decision making, market structure, market failure, resource markets, and other microeconomic principles. Modern theory of consumer behavior and theory of the firm will be discussed, along with optimization models for achieving and analyzing productive, allocative, and distributive efficiency.
This course serves as a preparation for graduate economic research. The course will explore the three major schools of thought and will lay the groundwork for macroeconomic research. Through examples of static macroeconomic models and theoretical analysis, students will be introduced to macroeconomic research. The economics of growth will be given particular focus.
This course serves as an exploration of game theory and its applications in economic analysis. Various models of static and dynamic games are explored, along with the applications of game theory in negotiations, voting, conflict resolution, and pricing decisions. The course also reviews industrial organization theory, exploring the interaction between the firm and the market, and the linkage between market structure, firm conduct, and economic performance. The ideas of market power and its regulation through government policy, and the firm's price and non-price strategic behaviors will be discussed.
This course looks at common econometric models, with a focus on regression models. Through empirical work and analysis, the students will extend their understanding of econometric theory. The course will provide an understanding of the relationship between economic variables that can be used for statistical estimation. The students will learn how to use observational data and how to construct econometric models and methods.
This course serves as an extension of ECO 620, providing an even more in-depth look at econometric theory and analysis. Students will build on the methods and models learned throughout the program and will be introduced to forecasting, nonparametric analysis, maximum likelihood, etc.
This capstone course integrates previous coursework and practical experience with a focus on authentic demonstration of competencies outlined by the program. Rather than introducing new concepts, students will synthesize prior learning to design, develop, and execute an analytics project on their chosen subject as a culmination of their studies. The course will be structured around this critical capstone assessment, so that students have the appropriate support and resources required to be successful.
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Managerial economics involves applying economic theory and using the tools of decision science to examine how an organization can achieve its objectives most efficiently in the face of constraints. Background preparation: 6 credit hours in mathematics and 3 credit hours in microeconomics, macroeconomics and statistics or equivalent.
This course serves as an introduction to the natural resource economics area. The course will look at the global aspect of environmental and natural resource economics, and will explore topics like efficient use of resources, allocation of resources, population growth, green economics, global trade effects, and global climate change.
Students in this course examine the performance of the national economy and its impact on a firm. Students analyze the formulation and impact of monetary and fiscal policies and their relationships with money and capital markets. Background preparation: 6 credit hours in economics.
This course will provide the students with advanced econometric tools used in research in environmental and natural resource economics.
This course is a study of financial decision- making in a firm, including its relationship to financial markets and institutions. Background preparation: 6 credit hours in economics.
Students study the techniques used to assess the value of securities and the methods used in the management of investment portfolios. Stocks and bonds are discussed in terms of valuation, risk- return measurement, diversification and other aspects of portfolio theory.
This course is an application-oriented review of the finance theory, techniques and strategies that are essential to portfolio management. Topics include optimization procedure, currency risk hedging, asset allocation and others.
This course focuses upon the fundamental statistical tools used in contemporary financial analysis both in academia and in the real world of finance itself. The course will involve both a theoretical development of the techniques as well as empirical applications. The applications will involve computer printouts with an emphasis on the SPSS statistical package and the EViews statistical package. The course will begin with a review and extension for the classical linear regression model, including its development in matrix form. The remainder of the course will then explore modern time-series econometrics, which is especially relevant for finance.
This course is a study of the problems of financing and reporting international operations. The evaluation of risk and funding strategies in international monetary relationships are emphasized.
This course presents an overview of the various primary and secondary research methodologies used in the business world and the application of statistical techniques to those strategies. The focus of this course is the design and execution of a practical, primary research. It is recommended that this course be one of the first three taken in degree programs in which it is required. Background preparation: 3 credit hours in statistics.
This is a survey of the mathematical, probabilistic and statistical tools available for assisting in the operation and management of industrial organizations. Background preparation: 6 credit hours in mathematics and 3 credit hours in statistics, or the equivalent.
This is an applied course, which will provide students with the mathematical knowledge and skills that underlie many courses offered in the school of business. Students will learn the fundamental concepts and methods of linear algebra, mathematical functions, differential calculus and statistics and their applications to business. They will also sharpen their quantitative, analytical and problem-solving skills that are so important for success in the world of business today.
This course is intended to provide the student with a concisely focused yet rigorous introduction to both micro- and macroeconomic theory needed at the foundational level of a graduate degree program. Some of the topics to be addressed include: market behavior; demand theory and related elasticity concepts; production and cost theory; managerial decision-making in perfectly competitive and imperfectly competitive markets; GDP determination; unemployment and inflation; and fiscal and monetary policy.
Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer a 30 percent tuition discount for active-duty service members and their spouses.
Application Fee ($40), Graduation Fee ($150), Books (course-by-course)
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