MS Applied Economics


Why Lindner for 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.

In the University of Cincinnati 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 a SAS programmer certification and to engage in paid research or internships while in school. During the summer, you will also have the opportunity to study abroad in Norway at no additional cost.

"My new career is a direct result of enrolling in this program. I never thought that after only two part-time semesters I would be able to secure a really, really good job."

- Matt Risley, MA '14, Stress Test Analyst, U.S. Bank

  • 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
  • Merit-based scholarships of up to $10,000 available
  • Complete the program in one year; evening courses available
  • 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 an SAS certification
  • STEM discipline recognition for International students

  • Applied Economics students attended the National Association of Business Economics Policy Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Master of Science in Applied Economics students attended the annual National Association of Business Economics Policy Meeting in Washington D.C. to hear from the country's most renowned economists, network with industry leaders from across the nation and learn cutting-edge approaches to analyzing data.

  • Students learn from Ohio Legislative Service Commission economics expert   

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

  • Students meet Harvard Economist Greg Mankiw

Students were honored to meet Harvard economist Greg Mankiw to discuss current economic trends, the cause of those trends and what (if anything) governments should do to respond to them.

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.

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.

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 fulltime in the program, several of you will learn from paid internships. Current year’s 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 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.

Length of Program

The University of Cincinnati Master of Science in Applied Economics program may be completed as either a full-time student or as a part-time student. Full-time studies can be completed in less than one year while part-time study will take less than two years.

International Student Body

Lindner warmly welcomes students from all over the world. As a global discipline, all Lindner’s 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, by working through Lindner’s International Programs office.

For more information, contact:


Phone: 513-556-7020

Karen Mueller

Karen Mueller
Assistant Director

Academic Director: Michael Jones

Michael Jones
Academic Director