Bryant University Introduces New Master of Science in Applied Economics

Two New Graduate Options in Applied Economics to Start in the Fall 2017 Semester: a 10-course Master of Science and a 4-course Online Certificate of Graduate Study.

Forbes magazine recently listed a Master's in Economics as one of the "Master's Degrees with the Highest Salary Potential" with mid-career income between $115,000 - $121,000. Bryant University's new graduate Applied Economics program focuses on the practical application of critical economics analysis. Graduate students will learn sophisticated research and problem-solving skills, as well as how to interpret results, design policies, make economic recommendations, and consult in employment settings such as business, government, sports, arts and entertainment, health care, banking, and finance. Emphasis will be placed on developing data analysis expertise, an area of huge need in the current employment market. 

For those wishing to enhance and apply their expertise in a real-world setting, an experiential learning opportunity provides students with an internship/practicum (usually paid) that aligns with their preferred career path. 

Both of the new Applied Economics programs are open to graduates of all undergraduate majors and can be pursued full- or part-time. All credits from the online certificate program can be rolled into the Master's program. Applications are now being accepted for the fall 2017 semester.


  • Merit-based scholarships (limited number)
  • The innovative curriculum of the Master’s program includes 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 (usually paid internships/practicums) builds real-world expertise.
  • Personalized course of study through electives, directed study, and a choice of two culminating experience options
  • Built-in flexibility: the time required to complete the Master's or Certificate programs depends entirely 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

The program has been designed to fit the schedule of working professionals (evening classes) who seek to enhance their professional expertise or change careers. It can also serve as the gateway to a doctoral degree in economics and related fields.

"This is a tremendous opportunity for students interested in pursuing a career in economics to learn from a world-class faculty," said Dr. Edinaldo Tebaldi, 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."

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.

Graduates will be qualified for employment as economic researchers, analysts, consultants, and other positions in a wide variety of private and public enterprises. A recent search on identified thousands of jobs available with a starting salary of $80,000 or more for people with a master’s degree in Economics. A large percentage were located in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York. Those who earn 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.

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