M.A. in economics

Data analytic skills are in high demand. In our M.A. in economics program, you’ll develop advanced quantitative skills and gain a competitive edge in the private and public sectors. This program is also excellent preparation for entering a doctoral program in economics or finance. Effective Fall 2019, this program is classified as STEM. 


The program consists of a six-course core focused on state-of-the-art modeling and data analytic skills. Specialize in one of our pre-designed concentrations or customize your own program with the remaining four courses:

  • Financial economics: Develop expertise in financial markets.
  • Health economics: Focus on health systems and policy.
  • Statistics: Choose a data-analytic intensive course of study.
  • General option: Work with a faculty adviser to structure a program of study tailored to your interests and career goals.

The degree can be completed on a full- or part-time basis. The M.A. in economics is an evening program. Some concentrations may require daytime courses.

Career opportunities

  • Careers in the field:
    • Risk analysts
    • Public policy analysts
    • Financial managers
    • Data scientists
    • Economic analysts

  • Alumni employers include:

The ideas discussed and skills gained via the MA in Economics certainly supplied me with a leg up when it came to pursuing further certifications, such as the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) program. Without pursuing my MA in Economics at VCU, I’m not sure where I would be professionally!

Investment Officer, Virginia Retirement System