Applied Economics & Statistics (M.S.)

Students who earn a MS in Applied Economics and Statistics (AES) learn to apply economic theory, design experiments or surveys, estimate econometric models, and test hypotheses to analyze many economic phenomena such as individual choices and valuation, business practices, agribusiness decisions, environmental sustainability, and the economic effectiveness of government policies. Most graduates use their skills for employment in increasingly valuable niches of economic analysis and management in the private or public sector. Other graduates subsequently earn doctorates in economics, agricultural and applied economics, or statistics.

The curriculum of the MS in AES program is relatively flexible. Students must earn 12 credits in four core courses in applied microeconomics, macroeconomics or public-policy economics, econometrics or regression analysis, and statistics or advanced econometrics. Students must also earn at least 18 additional graduate credits from elective courses in economics or statistics. There is a thesis option and a non-thesis option.

Economic faculty from the Department of Agricultural Sciences, the John E. Walker Department of Economics, and statisticians from the Dept. of Mathematical Sciences teach all required and most elective courses. The Department of Agricultural Sciences is the administrative home of the program. The graduate coordinator of the program is Dr. Michael Vassalos, who can be reached at (email) or 864-656-2439 (office). 

More information can be found in the graduate handbook.

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Program Contact

Vonda Marcengill
Office: 232 McAdams Hall
Phone: 864-656-3250

Program Coordinator

Dr. Michael Vassalos
Office: McAdams Hall 233
Phone: (864) 656-2439