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The Ness School of Management and Economics graduate programs prepare students for professions in business and government as well as for advanced studies.

The business economics program provides the essential analytical skills, and builds confidence in applying those skills, to support decision making in a rapidly changing business environment. Core courses in management, marketing, finance and decision science, enhance analytical breadth, industry knowledge and awareness and business networking. Courses are offered in flexible formats that allow working professionals to pursue an advanced business degree without disrupting their careers.

The graduate program in economic theory and applied research prepares students for analytically oriented professions in business and government as well as for advanced studies in economics and finance. The program includes courses in advanced microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics; and the program emphasizes applied economic research in the way of a six-credit research thesis. A number of research and teaching assistantships and scholarships may be available to qualified students enrolled in this program.

The Ness School of Management and Economics also offers an accelerated master's degree to qualified undergraduate students who maintain at least a 3.5 GPA in their economics or business major; these students may begin their graduate studies while they complete their undergraduate degree. Students may apply for admission to the accelerated master's degree program once they have completed 60 undergraduate credits.

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Are curious about local, national, and global business and economic issues.
  • Excel in economics, mathematics and statistics.
  • Endeavor to solve problems.
  • Enjoy an intellectual challenge.
  • Are determined, analytical and creative.

Career Opportunities

  • Strategic management
  • Financial analyst
  • Marketing strategist
  • Wealth and investment management
  • Economic or policy advisor
  • Commodity market analyst
  • Innovation and technology management
  • Food and agribusiness analyst