Master of Science in Economic Analytics

The digital revolution ignited an explosion of data. The availability of data is no longer a constraint to answering important questions.

The critical constraint is now the ability to analyze, digest, visualize, and ultimately harness the data to drive decision making in business, science, and society.

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The Master of Science in Economic Analytics is an intensive 10-month program that will guide students through economic modeling and theory to computational practice and cutting-edge tools, providing a thorough training in descriptive, predictive and prescriptive analytics.

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Just the Facts: Master of Science in Economic Analytics

Program Length

One Year

This two-semester program begins in August and ends in May. (one academic year)

Start Date

Fall

New cohorts begin each Fall Semester for this degree program.

Admissions Info

Do I Qualify to Enroll?

Complete your undergraduate degree and meet additional requirements. View Requirements

Entrance Test

GMAT or GRE

Students may be eligible for a GMAT/GRE test waiver with a 3.2 undergraduate GPA or 3 years of professional work experience. Please review our full master's admissions policies.

Application Deadline

International applicants: February 15
Priority (domestic applicants): April 15
Final (domestic applicants): July 1

Total Program Cost

$20,280

Additional tuition costs applied for out-of-state and international students.
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Scholarships, Graduate Assistantships, and Financial Aid

Class Profile

Current Students

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S.T.E.M. Program Designation

STEM Designation

This graduate degree is a STEM designated program.

4+1 Degree Option

The 4+1 Master of Economic Analytics program option will allow well-prepared undergraduate students to begin graduate courses during the last year of their undergraduate studies.

WHO: Walton students with a 3.2 undergraduate GPA.

WHAT: Early consideration for a graduate program and possible dual credit between an undergraduate and graduate degree.

WHEN: Apply by February 15 in Spring of your second-to-last undergraduate year.

WHY: Save time and potentially money!

How can I apply for the 4+1 degree option?

Students interested in the 4+1 Master of Economic Analytics program will require additional guidance and advising.

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Career Outlook

A survey of prospective employers indicates a robust and growing market for individuals successfully completing the MS in Economic Analytics program across many industries, such as retail, banking, finance, and healthcare. Common job titles associated with the knowledge and skills obtained from the program are:

  • Data Products Analyst
  • Business Intelligence Engineer
  • Program Manager
  • Data Scientist.

Expected salary for these positions is in the $75-85K range, rising sharply with experience. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, median pay in 2022 for master’s level economists is $113,940 per year. Salaries vary based on location, experience and education.

Jobs and Salaries

$177,000

Median base pay for those holding NABE's Certified Business Economist® designation (CBE) per the 2020 National Association for Business Economics salary survey.

$113,940

National median pay for economists in 2022. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $62,480, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $207,230.

17,600

Number of people employed as economists in the United States. 

+1,100

Projected numeric change in the number of employed economists from 2022 to 2032. (+6% change.)

Master’s Degree

A typical requirement for entry-level employment as an economist.

Our Graduates

The average gross salary, including sign-up bonuses, for our 2021-2023 Master of Science in Economic Analytics graduates is $80.4k for post-graduate placement.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor (2022)

Industry Survey: Employer Feedback

Executives and managers from the multiple organizations wrote letters of support for offering the Master of Science in Economic Analytics degree.

"There are large technological advances being made in the data analytics and predictive space. Over time, the tools that are being developed will filter down to jobs in schools, industries and government. This is a field that is not going away. Those areas that have invested in the ability to incorporate and adopt the tools will thrive. This program is taking one step in the right direction.

A respondent from Amazon

"I believe this is a very nice addition to a standard Economics Degree program, infusing the incredibly valuable core reasoning and thinking skills from a traditional program with advanced data manipulation, analysis and interpretation skills. Graduates of Econ programs are among the best problem solvers we have. Adding more direct data science skills will only make them more effective in the workforce.""

A respondent from Information Resources Inc. (IRI)

"Hospitals collect massive amounts of information and effective utilization of this information is necessary to remain competitive and financially solvent. The proposed coursework in SQL programming, Business Intelligence, and Python scripting combined with graduate economic coursework is a great foundation for understanding healthcare processes, asking great questions, and most importantly—successfully solving problems."

A respondent from Duke University Hospital

Career Development

Close ties with our corporate partners facilitate recruiting and networking opportunities, internships, and careers.

Students can participate in corporate internships, career counseling, and take advantage of all the Walton College Career Services has to offer.

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Courses and Program Schedule

To obtain the Master of Science in Economic Analytics degree, students must complete the following 30 hours of coursework.

Full-Time Program Schedule

ECON 57403: Introduction to Econometrics Introduction to the application of statistical methods to problems in economics.
ECON 52603: Applied Microeconomics The framework for this course is the economic way of thinking. Both the theory and application of important economics questions are presented, showing students the applicability of various economic methodologies in a number of different contexts. To gain competence in the applied side of economic analysis, students will use MS Excel or other software to apply class concepts to solve concrete problems.
ECON 57803: Applied Microeconometrics This course covers the principles of causal inference. Methods include panel data models, instrumental variables, regression discontinuity designs, difference-in-differences, and matching. Emphasis on developing a solid understanding of the underlying econometric principles of the methods taught as well as on their empirical application.
ECON 6360V: Special Problems in Economics Independent reading and investigation in economics.
ISYS 51003: Data Analytics Fundamentals Fundamental knowledge and skills in several major areas of business data analytics. Emphasis on the management and use of data in modern organizations, intermediate & advanced spreadsheet topics; relational databases & SQL; and programming (such as Python).
Elective Course 3 hours of approved ECON elective
ECON 57503: Forecasting The application of forecasting methods to economics, management, engineering, and other natural and social sciences. The student will learn how to recognize important features of time series and will be able to estimate and evaluate econometric models that fit the data reasonably well and allow the construction of forecasts.
ECON 58103: Economic Analytics I Part one of the capstone in the Masters in Economic Analytics. The course provides an overview of modern statistical learning methods, including Machine Learning, along with hands-on experience of in-depth analytics exercises using real data. Students will be given a set of datasets early in the semester and will use them for in-class exercises, assignments, and a class project. Students will make use of the most advanced learning libraries available in Python to gather and organize data as well as to train, validate, and test their empirical models.
ECON 58203: Economic Analytics II Part two of the capstone in the Masters in Economic Analytics. The MS in Economic Analytics is a professional degree primarily designed to lay a strong foundation for a career in economic analytics. The career preparation culminates with a capstone project. In this course, students work in small teams to (i) develop capstone topics, (ii) formulate hypotheses related to their projects, (iii) find appropriate datasets, and (iv) analyze their datasets to test hypotheses using the econometric models/techniques that they have learned over the course of the program.
ISYS 58303: Data Management Systems Investigation and application of advanced database concepts include database administration, database technology, and selection and acquisition of database management systems. Data modeling and system development in a database environment.

Program Overview

The Master of Science in Economic Analytics is an intensive 10-month program that will guide students through economic modeling and theory to computational practice and cutting-edge tools, providing a thorough training in descriptive, predictive and prescriptive analytics.

Students will be equipped with a solid knowledge of econometric and machine learning methods, optimization and computing. These big-data skills, combined with knowledge of economic modeling, will enable them to identify, assess and seize the opportunity for data-driven value creation in the private and public sectors.

Arya Gaduh
Program Director:
Arya Gaduh
agaduh@walton.uark.edu

 

Program Highlights: Skills, Tools, Certifications

  • STEM designated degree
  • State of the art Econometrics, Forecasting and Analytical Techniques
  • Emphasis on Applied Economics and Economic Modeling
  • Capstone course on Economic Analytics
  • Training in Python and R
  • Certified Business Economist exam offered on campus, in partnership with National Association for Business Economics (NABE).

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the typical class size? The target class size is 15-25 students.
Can I complete the degree while working full-time? No. At the moment it is only offered as a full-time program.
Can I start the program in the spring semester? No. The program begins in mid-August and courses must be taken in order.
Do I need to have a math background for this program? Math and statistics are important elements of economic analytics. Competency in algebra, calculus (especially differential calculus), linear algebra, and an econometrics/stat course would make it easier for students to focus on the concepts being taught rather than the math behind the content. Linear algebra provides shorthand notations for expressing models and is beneficial when working with data.
What visualization tools and techniques are taught in the program? Survey of popular private and publica industry tools such as Excel, R, Python and STATA will be included.
What does Economic Analytics mean? Economic Analytics refers to the combination of economic modeling and data science techniques that enable students in the program to identify, assess and seize the opportunity for data-driven value creation in the private and public sectors. The data science techniques involve the econometrics of causal inference and predictive modeling using machine learning algorithms.
Why a degree combining Economics and Analytics? “We are drowning in information and starving for knowledge.” – John Naisbitt

The digital revolution ignited an explosion of data. The availability of data is no longer a constraint to answering important questions. The critical constraint is now the ability to analyze, digest, visualize and ultimately harness the data to drive decision making in business, science and society.

The Master of Science in Economic Analytics is a 10-month intensive program that will guide students through economic modeling and theory to computational practice and cutting-edge tools, providing a thorough training in descriptive, predictive and prescriptive analytics. Students will be armed with a solid knowledge of econometric and machine learning methods, optimization, computing and database management. These “big-data” skills, combined with knowledge of economic modeling, will enable them to identify, assess and seize the opportunity for data-driven value creation in the private and public sector.

What are the benefits of a CBE Certification? The Certified Business Economist (CBE) is a certification in applied economics and data analytics. The CBE program was designed by leading economists to bridge the gap between what is learned in an academic setting and the knowledge needed to succeed as a practitioner. Many of the most prominent economists in the corporate sector have the CBE certification.
What programming languages will be covered? R, STATA, Python and SQL.
What are the application requirements? Students entering the M.S. in Economic Analytics program are expected to have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a satisfactory grade-point average. In addition, they are expected to have already mastered basic economic concepts or demonstrated, with an official GMAT or GRE test score, the ability to master economic concepts taught in the program. View the requirements.
Do you offer admission to international students? Yes, we welcome applications from qualified international students.
Are previous programming skills a requirement for the program? No, but some familiarity with programming is an advantage.

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