The WVU John Chambers College of Business and Economics Master of Science degree in 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.
In the M.S. Economics, students will develop skills not limited to the following abilities:
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Successful completion of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.
Applicants must be admitted to WVU as a graduate student.
The above-mentioned items are required for admission review. Additional documents may be requested after initial evaluation of a student’s admission application.
WVU has a strong comprehensive financial aid program to help you finance your education. For more information, visit the Student Financial Aid Office website or call (304) 293-1988.
Master of Science in Economics total degree cost: $28,950 – Residents and Non-Residents
Tuition and fees are usually not the only educational expenses you may have while pursuing a degree. You may have other costs such as books, supplies and living expenses. Please see the Estimate Costs and Aid webpage for how to estimate and plan for other potential expenses.
|BUDA 520||Data Management||3|
|ECON 509||Research Design/Methodology *||3|
|ECON 510||Microeconomic Theory||3|
|ECON 525||Econometric Theory and Practice||3|
|ECON 526||Causal Inference||3|
|ECON 541||Public Economics Theory and Practice||3|
|ECON 561||Regional Economics||3|
|ECON 565||Health Economics Theory and Practice||3|
|ECON 571||Economics of Labor||3|
|ECON 582||MS Economics Practicum||3|
Total Hours: 30
* MS in Economics students are required to take ECON 509 every semester during the program until they reach 3 credits.
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."
M.S. Economics graduates will be high-level quantitative economists with the ability to analyze complex policy issues using modern data analysis and econometric methods. Graduates will not only have the technical skills in demand by national employers, but they will also be 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.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of economists is projected to grow 6% from 2021 to 2031, about as fast as the average for all occupations.
Economics as a discipline empowers individuals to comprehend the complexities of the world they inhabit. By providing insights into the behavior of individuals, corporations, markets, and governments, it equips people with the ability to effectively navigate the challenges and opportunities that arise from a constantly changing environment.
If you possess a passion for analytical thinking and are intrigued by the prospect of comprehending behavioral patterns, devising effective policy solutions, or making sound business decisions, pursuing a major in economics may be the perfect fit for you. Some valuable skills that can enhance your economics acumen include proficiency in mathematics, as well as the ability to engage in critical thinking and reasoning.
Individuals with a master’s degree in economics have a wide range of job opportunities available to them.
Here are a few examples:
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