Master of Science in Applied Economics

Why Lindner for Applied Economics?

The Lindner Master of Science in Applied Economics is ranked as one of the top ten applied economics programs in the United States. A key reason for this is the program's stellar job placement record.

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

In the Lindner Applied Economics program, you will master how to build models based on economic principles and how to best apply data analysis to estimate, test, interpret and explain these models. You will also be provided with the opportunity to earn the Certified Business Economist designation as well as engage in research opportunities and internships while in school. During the summer, you will also have the opportunity to study abroad.

Program highlights

  • Graduates satisfy all requirements to take the Certified Business Economist® exam from the National Association for Business Economics (NABE).
  • Hands-on research experience in partnership with UC Economics Center
  • Named one of the nation's Top 10 programs by Education Portal
  • Augment your degree with a certificate in Data Analytics
  • STEM discipline recognition for International students

Career connections

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. More than 90% of our students receive a job offer within 3 months of graduation. Our graduates have accepted jobs at a wide variety of companies thanks to the support of our Career Services team

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

What you'll learn

You will 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.

Students from the Master of Science in Applied Economics program recently attended a workshop on the role of economic analysis in government from the principal economist of the Ohio Legislative Service Commission.

Research and 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 full-time in the program, students have the opportunity to enhance their education with paid internships. Current students are working at organizations such as the Environment Protection Agency (EPA), Burke, ThinkVine and Morgan Stanley .

Additional certifications

While working towards a master's degree, applied economics students can earn a certificate in data analytics.  

Program length

The University of Cincinnati Master of Science in Applied Economics program may be completed as either a full-time or as a part-time student.  Full-time studies can be completed in less than one year, with classes taken during the day. While part-time study will take less than two years, with evening classes available.

International students

Lindner warmly welcomes students from all over the world. As a global discipline, all Lindner'ws Applied Economics students benefit from learning about institutions and economies not just in the classroom, but from their classmates as well. Because the Applied Economics degree is a designated STEM program, our international graduates are eligible to apply for up to 36 months of Optional Practical Training (OPT) in the United States. All students, both domestic and international, have the opportunity to study business subjects in countries like Norway, Chile, and the United Arab Emirates, [original link path: https://business.uc.edu/study-abroad/graduate.html] by working through Lindner's International Programs office.

Contact us

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Michael Jones, PhD link

Assistant Professor-Educator, MS Applied Economics Director, Department of Economics

324 Carl H. Lindner Hall

513-556-2491

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Assistant Director of Graduate Recruitment

513-556-6904