Academic Programs

Economics is a fascinating subject, poised at the intersection between business and social science, and with great relevance for a wide range of public policy issues.

The Department of Economics at Lindner is an exceptional place to learn at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The Economics department offers four degrees: Bachelors of Arts in Economics, Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Economics, Master of Arts in Applied Economics and a PhD in Business with a concentration in Economics.

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The BA-Economics blends a curriculum comprised of liberal arts and economics courses. This mix serves students seeking a solid base of arts and sciences with extensive economics coursework.  Many Economics majors choose to double major in disciplines such as mathematics, political science, international affairs, etc.


Business Economics

The BBA-Business Economics integrates liberal arts, business and economics coursework. This degree builds a strong business foundation, as students examine business functions and their interactions with economics.  Many Business Economics majors complement their degree with a double major or a minor in another business discipline (e.g., finance, accounting, marketing, international business). Most students can double major without spending any additional time at UC! 


Economics Minors

Students may select economics as a minor, allowing them to add economics as a second area of expertise to their chosen major. 

Another important part of our program is the ability to co-op/intern in an economics related field.  Through these internships, students acquire a real-world knowledge of their discipline, which further prepares them for their career.   Both the Economics and Business Economics majors are eligible for these co-op/intern positions.

In you are interested in the field of economics, please contact Director of Undergraduate Studies, Erwin F. Erhardt


Master of Science in Applied Economics

The University of Cincinnati Master of Science in Applied Economics is ranked as one of the Top Ten Applied Economics programs in the United States. One of the key reasons why, is the program’s history of stellar job placement.

Over the past five years, more than half of our Master of Science in Applied Economics students accept a full-time position before graduation. Moreover, our graduates earn an average starting salary in excess of $68,000 and are hired by many of the country’s most respected companies, including, J.P. Morgan Chase, Nielsen and Procter & Gamble.

PhD in Economics

The PhD program in Economics is part of the PhD program in Business Administration at the Lindner College of Business.  New student cohorts are added every other year. The admitted class sizes are small, allowing for close contact with economics faculty, and also with students and faculty in other business programs. The program offers a thorough grounding in the basic tools of economics, statistics, and mathematics through a series of core courses, followed by a series of well-defined seminars that cover areas of specialization within economics.

In addition to gaining basic analytical tools, candidates learn to develop economic intuition into economic problems and acquire the necessary mind-set to teach and conduct independent research as a university professor.

For more information, send an e-mail to the Economics Program Coordinator: Jeff Mills