Applied Economics & Statistics


Degrees Offered


Students who earn a Master of Science (MS) in Applied Economics and Statistics (AES) learn to apply economic theory, design experiments or surveys, estimate econometric models, and test hypotheses with inferential statistics to analyze human behavior, business practice, or government policy.  The behavior, practice, or policy might relate to agriculture, banks, credit markets, environ¬mental or natural resource management, forestry, health care, insurance, marketing, property rights, regional economic growth, regulation, stock markets, sports businesses, or sustainable development.  

Faculty from the John E. Walker Department of Economics, economists in the Department of Agricultural Sciences, and statisticians from the Dept. of Mathematical Sciences teach the required and most of the elective courses.  The John E. Walker Department of Economics is the administrative home of the program.  

Graduates of the program have been hired primarily for analysis and management of data in the public or private sector.  Employers of recent graduates include these: AgSouth Farm Credit, Archer Daniels Midland, BB&T Bank, BBDO Atlanta, Black Book, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Cardlytics, Cardno Entrix, Delta Airlines, Epic, Fractal Analytics, Hanesbrand Inc., Impact DataSource, Intercontinental Hotels Group, Ipsos, Medical University of South Carolina, National Golf Foundation, Resurgent Capital Services, SAG Corporation, U.S. Forest Service, and USAA Federal Savings Bank.  Other graduates subsequently earn doctorates in economics, agricultural economics, data analytics, or statistics.  



More information can be found in this graduate handbook.


Program of Study

The curriculum of the MS in Applied Economics and Statistics is relatively flexible. There is a thesis option and a non-thesis option. Students must earn 12 credits in four core courses in applied microeconomics, macroeconomics or public-policy economics, econometrics or regression analysis, and advanced econometrics or statistics. Students also must earn at least 18 additional graduate credits from elective courses in economic, statistics, and other applicable subjects. See the Handbook for details.


Application Information

If you think that this program might be right for you and want to learn more about it, please fill out and submit the online  Graduate School Inquiry Form The following information about you will be useful:

  • Undergraduate degree name and institution
  • Undergraduate GPA
  • GRE scores
  • General interests in Applied Economics and Statistics

You may also contact the Graduate School by email to or by calling 864-656-3195 to help answer any questions about applying.

Once you have decided to apply, you should proceed to the formal application at the Clemson University Graduate School’s web site.  In the application, a prospective student must choose to affiliate with the College of Business (CB) or the College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Life Sciences (CAFLS).  An applicant’s chances for admission are not affected by college affiliation nor does the MS curriculum vary with affiliation.  Affiliation only determines under which college a student’s name would appear in the graduation announcements and at what time of day the student would graduate. 

Applications should be completed by Feb. 1 to guarantee a decision and notification about admission before April 15 for the fall semester. Applications submitted after Feb. 1 may be reviewed at the discretion of the admissions committee. In infrequent instances, students may be admitted for the spring semester.  International students who apply for the spring semester should have completed their applications no later than September 15.  


Required Documents


Tuition and fees are set by Board of Trustees during their July meeting for the upcoming academic year. Teaching or research assistantships are typically not offered to students in the program.  Check for changes in tuition and fees at 


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