Carl H. Lindner College of BusinessCarl H. Lindner College of BusinessUniversity of Cincinnati

Carl H. Lindner College of Business

MA-Applied Economics

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Launch a Rewarding Career

Forbes magazine included economics in its Top 10 list of the "Best Master's Degrees for Jobs." According to Forbes, the mid-career median pay for a Master's Degree in Economics is $115,000 and projected employment is expected to increase by 14.3%.


A graduate degree in Applied Economics from the Lindner College of Business offers exceptional job placement and significant career advancement opportunities.

High Marketplace Value

Over the last five years (2009 – 13), Lindner MA Applied Economics graduates have earned a median starting salary of $65,000 and 15% of them earned more than $80,000. Graduates of the MA Applied Economics program typically earn $20,000 more than those with an undergraduate business degree alone.

Nearly 66% secured jobs prior to graduation and 88% landed a job within three months after graduation, with an additional 12% acquiring a new position within three to six months.

Economics That You Can Apply

Our students obtain hands-on experience in applying economic theories and principles to real-world situations. Students not only receive solid training in theory and applications, but also they build a strong background in applied econometrics and data analysis.

By the end of the program, our students understand how to build sensible models based upon economic principles, and how to actually estimate, test, interpret and explain these models.

Extensive Career Opportunities

Leaving with an exceptional toolkit of applied economic and econometric skills, our graduates enjoy career success as analysts in market research, insurance, healthcare, and in banking and finance. Others have taken positions with consulting firms as well as in public-sector planning and economic analysis organizations.

The degree can also serve as excellent preparation for further study in a PhD program. Over the last several years, we have placed graduates in PhD programs at Indiana University, Vanderbilt University, University of Oregon, Duke University, University of Texas, Purdue University and others.

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Research and Internship Opportunities

Students have the opportunity to work on several hands-on learning projects by partnering with the UC Economics Center at the University of Cincinnati. The UC Economics Center oversees various applied research projects and employs research assistants.Also, while studying fulltime in the program, several of our students learn from paid internships. Current year’s students are working at organizations such as the Environment Protection Agency (EPA), Burke, ThinkVine and Morgan Stanley.

Engage in Graduate Summer School in Norway

As partners with the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH); a top business school in Norway and one of the best in Europe; the students have the opportunity to attend the Graduate Summer School at NHH to learn about Environmental and Resource Economics.

Augment Your Degree with SAS Certification

While working towards a master’s degree in applied economics, students learn SAS (a programming language for econometric analysis) during the fall semester.  In the spring semester, Lindner collaborates with the SAS Institute for a SAS certification test on campus.

International Student Body

Lindner warmly welcomes students from all over the world. Students from China, Ghana, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, Sri Lanka and Turkey have studied at Lindner with great success. Our minimum TOEFL requirement is 90.  International students with a TOEFL of less than 90 may be admitted, subject to an interview to evaluate English proficiency.