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Published 03/03/17

Bryant introduces graduate programs in Applied Economics

SMITHFIELD – Bryant University’s new graduate programs, the Master of Science (MSAE) and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) in Applied Economics, will commence in fall 2017, and both are accepting applications now.

This is a tremendous opportunity for students interested in pursuing a career in economics to learn from a world-class faculty.

Forbes magazine recently listed a Master's in Economics as one of the "Master's Degrees with the Highest Salary Potential," with mid-career median income estimated at $115,000. Those with master’s degrees can typically expect to earn as much as $600,000 more over their careers in comparison to individuals possessing only bachelor’s degrees. 

High-level analytical skills and applied, experiential education

Bryant’s new graduate programs in Applied Economics focus on the practical application of critical economic analysis. Students will learn to research and analyze economic and business problems; interpret and forecast market trends; design policies and recommend solutions; effectively present results and ideas; and make a meaningful impact on important domestic and international issues related to trade policy, poverty, and the environment.

Graduates of the program will be qualified for employment as economic researchers, analysts, consultants, and other positions across a spectrum of private and public enterprises.

One of the top learning objectives of the program is to develop expertise in data analysis, one of the most highly sought after skills in today’s job market. A joint study conducted by Time.com/Money and PayScale.com found that data analysis, data mining, and data modeling are among the top five of the “21 Most Valuable Career Skills." 

"This is a tremendous opportunity for students interested in pursuing a career in economics to learn from a world-class faculty," said Associate Professor Edinaldo Tebaldi, Applied Economics program director. "We're especially excited about the immersive experiential learning component that will provide the real-world expertise, experience, and confidence to make a quick impact in their first employment opportunity after graduating."

Experiential learning is a keystone of a Bryant education, and the MSAE helps students find right-fit opportunities that will help them achieve success during the program and in their career endeavors.

Designed for working professionals with blended classroom and online learning

Bryant’s Graduate programs in Applied Economics are designed for working professionals who seek to enhance their professional expertise or change careers. The programs can also serve as the gateway to a doctoral degree in economics and related fields.

The 10-course Master’s program is a high-touch hybrid of classroom and online courses, and the four-course Certificate program is offered entirely online. The Certificate in Applied Economics will be the first ever “low residency” graduate program at Bryant. The certificate courses will be offered entirely online, augmented by face-to-face opportunities to interact with fellow students, professors, and guest lecturers on Bryant’s campus.

Program highlights

  • Merit-based scholarships (limited number)
  • On-campus courses blended with elective online "high touch" classes. The Certificate program is entirely online.
  • Emphasis on practical career application of economics expertise
  • Students will learn to use data analysis and visualization tools including Stata, SAS, Eviews, Tableau, PowerBi, SQL, and Excel Analysis ToolPak.
  • Immersive experiential learning (internships/practicums) builds real-world expertise.
  • Personalized course of study through electives, directed study, and a choice of two culminating experience options
  • Flexibility. The time required to complete the Master's or Certificate programs depends on your preferred pace.
  • Open to all undergraduate majors (additional Foundations in Economics course may be required for those with no background in the field)
  • Credits from the Certificate program can be rolled into the Master's program.
  • Inspiring faculty with deep and broad practical experience in the field

Both of the new Applied Economics programs are open to graduates of all undergraduate majors and can be pursued full- or part-time. Credits from the online certificate program can be rolled into the Master's program. 

Additional Program information is available at http://gradschool.bryant.edu/arts-and-sciences/.

Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I., is a leading private university offering an innovative and uniquely integrated business and liberal arts education. The University's 3,700 undergraduate and postgraduate students study in an intensive and immersive learning environment that has been purpose-built for high achievement. Bryant’s groundbreaking academic programs have been nationally recognized by organizations including the Davis Educational Foundation and Hanover Research. Founded in 1863, Bryant is recognized as a leader in international education and regularly receives top rankings from U.S. News and World Report, College Factual/U.S.A. Today, Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes, and Barron’s.