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Learn to Manage Rapid Change with an Online M.S. in Applied Economics (MSAE)

Format: Online
Credit Hours: 30
Entry Terms: Fall and Spring

Business and policy decisions are about change. Managing and excelling amid that change requires a knowledge foundation in the underlying business and policy decision-making process, a skillset geared to analyzing change, and the adaptability to use knowledge and tools effectively regardless of the magnitude of change.

Prepare to Apply Theoretical and Empirical Tools to Business and Policy Problems

The fully-online Master of Science in Applied Economics (MSAE) program provides students with the skills and competencies necessary to perform theoretically meaningful empirical analysis of financial markets, industrial organization, government regulation, international trade, health care, economic development and consumer choice. Our students learn how to evaluate business decisions and policy programs and explain progression of various events and their impact on the economy in a business or policy context.

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Excel at Making Rapid Change

To manage change, we first establish that which has not changed. The economic theory courses provide a foundation in the structure and common patterns of business and policy decisions. This foundation helps to put new events in the context of what we already know and to see what has largely remained constant from one situation to the next. We then focus on the determinants and causes of change. The empirical economics courses teach you to quantify relationships and to evaluate the relative importance of changes in the economic environment, thus gaining a better understanding of what has been fundamentally altered. The third step is to transfer knowledge across fields so that expertise gained in one area may be used to analyze previously unobserved threats and opportunities. The elective courses deliver knowledge in individual areas of economics while honing your ability to transfer your knowledge and problem-solving skills across content fields. By learning to transfer your knowledge across content fields, you recognize the characteristics of new problems, adapt quickly to new circumstances, and attack the problems with skills developed from other areas.

The Business and Policy Analysis Approach

Without a solid theoretical underpinning that helps you understand the structure of economic decisions, each problem or opportunity seems completely new and unique. Why reinvent the analytical wheel every time something changes? We believe that large changes in the policy and business landscape can be analyzed by carefully applying economic concepts that are already well understood. Very little that happens is truly new. The underlying economic structure remains stable but is often obscured by constantly changing circumstances. The MSAE helps you apply established concepts to new circumstances so you can avoid the trap inherent in treating every threat and opportunity as unique rather than as variations on a theme we have already seen.

MSAE Advantages

Strong Academics

  • Courses designed and delivered by experienced Georgia Southern professors certified to teach online
  • Engagement in simulations, discussions and multimedia presentations
  • Training in applied economic analysis using real-world data
  • AACSB accredited

Geographic Flexibility

  • Fully-online program
  • No campus visits required

Stackable Credentials

  • Graduate Certificate in Applied Economics meets regional accreditation for teaching
  • Seamless transition from the certificate to the MSAE

Schedule Flexibility

  • Courses are fully asynchronous permitting students to complete their work on their own schedule
  • 2-year (5 semester) curriculum with a spring or fall start
  • Take two courses per semester to accommodate busy schedules

Develop Answers to Business and Policy Questions with the MSAE

  • Why did households respond to a policy change in an unexpected manner?
  • How should your firm respond to changes in government regulation?
  • How to design effective policies and make managerial decision to minimize unintended consequences?
  • How to interpret results of empirical studies?
  • How do we model the behavior of our competitors to find a more profitable strategy?
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Last updated: 4/2/2024