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Economics M.S.

Aug. 16, 2023

Next Start Date

10

Courses Required

$820

Cost Per Credit Hour

30

Total Credit Hours

Become a High-Level Quantitative Economist

The newly formed WVU John Chambers School of Business and Economics M.S. Economics is a 30-credit hour program, delivered fully online, that can be completed in one year. The flexible format allows students to maintain momentum in their career while pursuing their degree.

Our M.S. Economics graduates are high-level quantitative economists with the ability to analyze complex policy issues using modern data analysis and econometric methods. Graduates not only have the technical skills in demand by national employers, but they are able to apply their learning to a large and diverse set of policy issues within our areas of program expertise, such as public finance, health economics, and regional economics.

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Start Date

August 16, 2023


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Curriculum developed and taught by faculty from

John Chambers College of Business and Economics

Degree Awarded: Master of Science in Economics

Program Details

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Our M.S. Economics graduates are high-level quantitative economists with the ability to analyze complex policy issues using modern data analysis and econometric methods. Graduates not only have the technical skills in demand by national employers, but they are able to apply their learning to a large and diverse set of policy issues within our areas of program expertise, such as public finance, health economics, and regional economics.

The M.S. Economics program contains 30 credit hours of material and is designed to be completed in one year. Students will begin the program with a set of economic theory and data analysis courses, followed with a field course focusing on topical areas of value to economists working in the local, state, and national policy context.

In the M.S. Economics, students will develop skills not limited to the following abilities:

  • Explain the choices of economic factors, such as consumers and firms, using microeconomic theory.
  • Evaluate the impacts of imperfectly competitive markets and government intervention on society and groups with society.
  • Synthesize the current state of knowledge on a policy.
  • Describe the efficient structure, storage, and usage of administrative data.
  • Build theoretically sound econometric models.
  • Employ R to obtain parameter estimates of magnitude and empirical relevance, and
  • Produce clear and straightforward summaries of empirical results across a number of written contexts.

Admission Requirements

Successful completion of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.


Admissions

Applicants must be admitted to WVU as a graduate student.

  • Enter the WVU Application portal.
  • Create a username and password.
  • Once an account has been created, applicants can edit the application at their discretion. Please complete all questions asked.
  • When selecting a start term, choose "fall."
  • Upload an up-to-date resume.
  • Request 1 letter of recommendation through the online portal. Individual letters should not exceed one page.
  • Create a Personal Statement (not to exceed one page).
  • Pay application fee.
  • Submit application.
  • Applicants will then need to send their transcripts to WVU's Office of Admissions. If the applicant's undergraduate school offers "e-script" (an official electronic copy of transcripts), email the transcripts to GraduateAdmissions@mail.wvu.edu. This will help expedite the admissions process. If they do not offer this service, please have your official transcripts mailed to:
    West Virginia University Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment
    PO Box 6510
    Morgantown, WV 26506-6510
  • International Students are required to submit a TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo score. The John Chambers College of Business & Economics TOEFL requirement is higher than the University's--applicants must have a TOEFL score of either 580 (paper prior to July 27) or 68 (paper after July 27), 237 (computer), or 92 (Internet-based). If you have taken the IELTS, the minimum score must be 6.5, and the minimum Duolingo score is a 105. English language exam scores should be sent to:
    Office of Admissions
    West Virginia University
    P.O. Box 6009
    Morgantown, WV 26506-6009.

The above-mentioned items are required for admission review. Additional documents may be requested after initial evaluation of a student’s admission application.

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Estimated Tuition and Fees

Economics M.S. requires 30 credit hours to complete. Cost per credit hour is $820.

Total Degree Cost

$24,600 – Residents and Non-Residents

Cost Breakdown by Credit Hours

Credits Cost
1 $820
3 $2,460
6 $4,920
9 $7,380

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Financial Aid

WVU has a strong comprehensive financial aid program to help you finance your education. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be filed before March 1. For more information, visit the Student Financial Aid Office website or call (304) 293-1988.

Effective summer 2020, the John Chambers College of Business and Economics will not accept summer GA University tuition waivers for master's level students. For more information about WVU's summer GA tuition waiver policy and restrictions, please visit the graduate education site.


Career Paths

The job outlook for economics-related occupations is growing faster than average due to increasing demand for quantitative skills and critical reasoning associated with training in economics. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment of economists to grow six percent from 2016-2026. “Job prospects should be best for those with masters degree or Ph.D., strong analytical skills, and experience using statistical software” ( https://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-socail-science/economists.htm).

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