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.
The faculty endeavor to create an environment conducive for learning, scholarship, and career preparation. Economic faculty from the Department of Agricultural Sciences, the John E. Walker Department of Economics, and statisticians from the Dept. of Mathematical Sciences teach the required and most of the elective courses. The Department of Agricultural Sciences is the administrative home of the program. The graduate program coordinator is Michael Vassalos, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 864-656-2439.
Graduates of the program have used their skills to fill increasingly valuable niches for data analyses and management in the public or private sector. Employers of recent graduates include these: Ag-South Farm Credit, Archer Daniels Midland, BB&T Bank, BBDO Atlanta, Black Book, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Cardlytics, Cardno Entrix, Delta Airlines, Ducks Unlimited, Epic, Florida Farm Bureau, Fractal Analytics, Hanesbrand Inc., Impact DataSource, Intercontinental Hotels Group, Ipsos, Greenville Technical College, Medical University of South Carolina, National Golf Foundation, Resurgent Capital Services, SAG Corporation, Tri-County Technical College, U.S. Forest Service, USAA Federal Savings Bank, and Vision Recycling. Other graduates subsequently earn doctorates in economics, agricultural and applied economics, data analytics, or statistics.