Learn to Lead in a Data-Driven World

M.S. in Applied Economics

Flexible On Campus/Online Degree Program

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M.S. in Applied Economics

A New Kind of Degree for a New Kind of Leader

Built for those who want to make an impact with big data and big ideas.

Whether you’re a recent undergrad ready to maximize your career opportunities in a rapidly growing career field or an established professional who wants to elevate your career in a changing world, the Boston College MSAE will position you to drive strategy and effect change across organizations and industries.

Specialized, Convenient and Employer-Aligned

A flexible format and industry-aligned, competency-based curriculum provide hands-on experience directly applicable to real-world initiatives, preparing graduates to contribute immediately and advance quickly in a number of roles and industries, including Finance & Banking, Healthcare, International Development, Social Policy, Analytics, and Government.


Earn Your Graduate Certificate in Data Analytics

Obtain advanced skills and career-enhancing credentials in as few as eight months while completing the full MSAE Degree with these four key courses:

  • Data Analysis
  • Econometrics
  • Big Data Econometrics
  • Analytics/Forecasting

What you’ll learn

  • Master the tools and methods to understanding complex policy, industry trends, analytic strategies, and modeling
  • Learn to evaluate policies and programs, develop forecasts, track consumer behavior, and design marketing campaigns
  • Build the theoretical foundation and quantitative skills to form policies and strategies that can make a real impact on organizations, industries, and society

What Our Students Are Saying

Already, the coursework in statistical analysis has been beneficial—even eye-opening— to me. I see myself applying the degree immediately to my career in financial services or in a handful of other fields. There are so many different directions you can go with it.

Shawn O'Brien, M.S. in Applied Economics '17, Part-time student

After just one semester in the MSAE program I have already been able to apply some of the concepts in everyday situations at work to solve problems around pricing and forecasting. Without training in statistical modeling programs like Stata and R that I received in the MSAE program my solutions to these problems could not have been as accurate or robust.

Michael D. Hanson, '18, Manager, New Product Development, Verizon Labs

Where it can take you

Enhance your credentials, expand your network, and accelerate your career with this specialized degree from Boston College and become part of an engaged and passionate alumni network of more than 180,000 worldwide


$120,880Avg. Salary
  • Apply economic theories to real-life situations

Quantitative Analyst

$112,530Avg. Salary
  • Use data to drive business decisions

Senior Financial Analyst

$96,630Avg. Salary
  • Create analyses that drive better business decisions

Source: bls.gov, Obtained May 2020

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Master of Science in Applied Economics