The master of applied economics degree (MAE) combines study of economic theory with a strong emphasis on data analysis and real-world problem solving. You’ll learn to use quantitative data to test models of human behavior, make predictions about market outcomes, and develop sound policy. You’ll also be encouraged to examine the social consequences of economic decision making. Our program is more practical than a typical economics MA program and provides more quantitative training than an MBA program.

Reflecting the College’s interdisciplinary culture, your studies will include a core set of economics, computer science, and math and statistics courses. You’ll learn advanced empirical applications—econometric techniques and software packages such as “R” and “Stata”—and gain practical insights from standard economic theory, game theory, behavioral economics, and mathematical modeling. You’ll choose from electives in the following concentrations:

  • Quantitative methods
  • International economics
  • Industry and government
  • Environment
  • Finance

In your final semester, you’ll undertake a research-focused thesis or a project that solves a practical problem at the local, national, or international level. You’ll have the support of an advisor from the economics faculty who’ll guide you as you work on your thesis/project. In addition, you can tap the expertise of Mills professors in computer science, mathematics, environmental science, government, and public policy.

You may enter our master's degree program after earning a bachelor’s degree at Mills or another institution, or by entering the Mills bachelor’s-to-master’s accelerated degree program in applied economics as an undergraduate. The accelerated degree program enables Mills students to complete the MAE in one year of study beyond their BA. The program’s foundation requirements are easily met by students who major or minor in economics, business economics, computer science, mathematics, public policy, PEPL, or PLEA.

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Last Updated: 9/26/17