The master of science program combines the analytical framework of modern economic theory and the quantitative methods of applied econometrics with special emphasis on the following areas: coastal resources and environmental economics; economic forecasting; financial economics; health care; and issues of poverty and regional development. All students take a common core of courses in neoclassical theory and analytical technique and then apply these tools in a variety of field courses. The experience culminates in the completion of a research project in which the student designs an analytical project, collects that the required data, and then tests and reports the results of the model. The program can be completed in two semesters and two summers.

ECU Advantage

The program provides an ideal background for work in industry, government, and non-profit positions requiring the combination of analytical skills and institutional background. The degree was designed as a terminal one, rather than an intermediate stage of a PhD program. Although it is an excellent preparation for further graduate work in economics, the degree was conceived specifically to provide graduates with up-to-date and marketable skills. One of the strengths of the program is in the small class sizes and a close working relationship with the faculty. Faculty who are active contributors to the areas in which they teach conduct all graduate field courses.

The structure of the program reflects the conviction that people best learn economics by doing economics. A successful working economist must not only master the statistical techniques of modern empirical research, but must also be able to convey the results of this research in a persuasive and articulate manner. Our program accordingly gives students ample opportunity to develop necessary analytical and presentation skills. The department also conducts regular economic seminars, at which our faculty and invited external speakers present their latest research.

What You Will Study

There is no catalog data for this program.

Careers With This Degree

Graduates with this degree are successful in many fields and careers, including the following:

  • Applied Economics
  • Market Research Analysts
  • Survey Researchers
  • Economics Teacher, Postsecondary
  • Scientific and Technical Services
  • Education and Training
  • Applied Economics

Career Opportunities

ECU has developed resources to help you learn more about career opportunities and job market outlook. In addition, the websites below provide specific information on careers in the various majors from which students may choose:

NC Tower

This website provides graphs and tables of in-depth information on employment rates, wages and ongoing higher education enrollment of graduates from the North Carolina Community College System and from the University of North Carolina system schools. NC Tower includes data on former UNC students who are working in roughly 90% of all jobs in North Carolina. This database excludes information for graduates who are:

  • Self-employed;
  • Work for the federal government, including the military: or
  • Work outside of North Carolina.

US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

This website also provides in-depth information regarding pay, projected new jobs, required education, growth rate and on-the-job training information on various occupations.

Degree-specific internships

For information on internship information for specific majors, go to the home page of the department in which the major is located and, as available, find the link to the information on internships in that major.