If you’re interested in economics but want a career that enables you to have a lasting impact on the world, discover Southern New Hampshire University’s MS in Applied Economics program with a concentration in natural resources and environmental economics. If you are interested in environmental issues and understanding their underlying causes and developing corrections, this environmental economics graduate program gives you the tools you need to model solutions and, ultimately, make a difference.
The MS in Applied Economics with a concentration in natural resources and environmental economics offers a specialized degree for those seeking employment in industries or organizations that deal with the economic impact of environmental policies, climate change and natural resource allocation.
In addition to the competencies and skills of the MS in Applied Economics, those who obtain a master’s degree from the environmental economics graduate program will emerge able to:
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.
Upon completing this program, you can leverage your master’s degree into a career in a variety of fields, including agriculture, business, finance, labor, transportation, utilities, urban economics and international trade. Potential career roles include:
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 and Statistics, was $91,860 a year, with those holding master’s degrees or PhDs garnering somewhat more.
Courses in the MS in Applied Economics program are taught by expert economists who bring real-world experience to the classroom. The curriculum will help you learn to communicate economic principles, problems, findings and risks, as well as integrate these factors into the analysis of today’s economic issues.
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.
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.
This course will provide the students with advanced econometric tools used in research in environmental and natural resource economics.
A fundamental understanding of the various processes necessary to support life on Earth. Examine how human activities and philosophies (individual, business, cultural, and others) generate environmental issues and threaten these processes, and offers sustainable alternatives to these activities. Topics include ecology; populations; agriculture; desertification and deforestation; water and ocean pollution; air pollution, including ozone depletion and acid rain; global warming; natural resource depletion; solid and hazardous wastes; energy, including fossil fuels and nuclear power; economic implications; and sustainability.
This course introduces students to a broad range of strategies used by both large and small businesses to achieve and maintain compliance with environmental laws and sustainability goals, with an emphasis on companies doing business in the United States. Students learn the importance of environmental due diligence as a tool for minimizing acquired liabilities in business mergers and acquisitions; the value of environmental auditing as a means of identifying compliance and sustainability issues in ongoing business operations; and the power of both environmental management systems and environmental certification programs as strategies for achieving and maintaining environmental compliance and sustainability, and for securing a competitive advantage in a marketplace increasingly populated by sustainability-conscious consumers.
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.
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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