Programs

MS Quantitative Economics

About MS Quantitative Economics

About MS Quantitative Economics

Economists are highly paid professionals, yet undergraduates are rarely trained to become one. With an emphasis on advanced econometrics, causal inference, economic theory, data analysis and real-world, hands-on learning, our intensive MS in Quantitative Economics is ideal for those looking to advance analytical skills for careers in the private and public sectors, or ramp up quantitative skills for PhD programs.

Our full-time ten-months MS in Quantitative Economics program prepares students for careers working in big data environments. Students enjoy small classes, with courses taught by nationally recognized scholars dedicated to student success. Our Learn by Doing culture fosters close connections with faculty and provides the mentorship necessary to deeply understand the role of economic analysis in a technologically driven business environment. Our graduates go on to secure jobs as Economists, Data Analysts and Data Scientists in Consulting, Finance, Banking, Technology, Governmental Organizations, and Academia.

The MS in Quantitative Economics is a STEM-certified program (CIP Code 45.0603: Econometrics and Quantitative Economics), and students in this program can apply for a two-year extension of their Optional Practical Training (OPT) work authorization, granting them a total of three years of work authorization.

Application /
Important Dates

  • Feb 1, 2020

    Priority Application Deadline for Fall 2020

  • Apr 1, 2020

    Application Deadline for Fall 2020 (International Applicants)

  • Jun 1, 2020

    Application Deadline for Fall 2020

Key Features

Curriculum

Curriculum informed by industry needs

The MS in Quantitative Economics curriculum places special emphasis on: (1) the identification of cause-and-effect relations in real-world data, (2) a careful evaluation of the economic impact of the decisions that organizations make, and (3) the optimality of the decision that is ultimately made.

We developed and refined our curriculum in consultation with an Advisory Task Force of leading Economists, Consultants and Data Scientists from Amazon, Google, OnPoint Analytics, Streamlit and Zillow.

Student Faculty Research

Students work closely with faculty from the start

Working with professors on empirical research projects this early is a unique experience that allows students to immediately see the practical power of of the training they are receiving. Students also have the opportunity to interact with the scholars from top Economics and Finance departments that visit us in order to participate in our seminar series.

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Fantastic job placements

Economists are among the top five highest paid professions for individuals with master’s degrees, which means outstanding job placement for our MS Economic students – from Booz Allen Hamilton, Hulu, Oracle, Uber and Visa to top Ph.D. programs offered by Universities such as the University of Minnesota and UC Santa Barbara. You can find more details about our job placement record here.

Faculty

Matthew Cole

Associate Professor of Economics

Garland Durham

Garland Durham

Associate Professor of Finance

Stefanie Fischer

Assistant Professor of Economics

Eric Fisher

Professor of Economics

Carlos Flores

Carlos Flores

Professor of Economics

Steve Hamilton

Steve Hamilton

Professor of Economics

Jonathan James

Jonathan James

Associate Professor of Economics

Jason Lepore

Jason Lepore

Professor of Economics

Aric Shafran

Aric Shafran

Professor of Economics and Economics Area Chair

Eduardo Zambrano

Eduardo Zambrano

Professor of Economics and MSQE Program Director

Curriculum Overview

Advanced economic theory, econometrics and programming skills are prerequisites to work as a professional economist in the marketplace, knowledge that we cultivate throughout our highly technical curriculum. Classes are held full-time on campus and styled...

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Program Specifics

The MS in Quantitative Economics delivers structured thinking about empirical problems and incentives. The overarching goal of the program is to teach students to work with data in novel, unstructured environments, under conditions of ambiguity, and guided by Economic Theory. During the program, students learn the ‘applied econometrics’ toolkit at...

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Events

2019 Graduate Programs Graduate Fair Schedule

We'll be on the road at various California Graduate Fairs!

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August 29, 2018 Thru
November 21, 2019

Orfalea College of Business Graduate Commencement – 6/12/20

OCOB Graduate Commencement: 4-6pm

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June 12, 2020
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Student Profiles

Ben Koos

Ben Koos,
MS Quantitative Economics

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Reed Kamsler

Reed Kamsler,
MS Quantitative Economics

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MacKenzie Smith

MacKenzie Smith,
MS Quantitative Economics

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