Acquire the advanced knowledge and proper utilization of mathematical and quantitative skills required of economists in practical applications. Our 36-credit program is STEM eligible. Choose the general, financial or international track, depending on your unique career goals.
The Department of Economics will help you enhance your education with high-impact experiential learning and extracurricular activities to develop the skills that employers demand. We will introduce you to new professional networks in the industries and organizations that interest you the most.
Employers often cite the skills profile of applicants as the most important factor in their recruitment and job offer decisions.
Use economic theory, mathematics, and statistical inference to quantify economic phenomena that impacts economic policymaking. Advance your knowledge of five important econometric techniques—experiments, regression, instrumental variables, regression discontinuity and differences-in-differences—all of which are in constant use by applied economists and in high demand on the job market.
Experience a diverse learning environment, with Economics graduate students representing five continents and over 35 countries.
Expand your world view and prepare to work in the world market and global systems by choosing the International Economics Focus.
Rise to the challenge by gaining experience and leadership skills in some of the hundreds of University at Buffalo extracurricular and governance organizations, civic groups and volunteer activities. Network with your peers in the Economics Graduate Student Association, International Clubs and Computational Science Club.
Prove your abilities and make powerful industry connections through leadership positions in regional and national professional organizations such as:
Participate in UB's REALM Program (Real Experience and Leadership Mentoring), a full-day career shadowing experience for students who are interested in learning about leadership in the context of a professional setting. Students shadow a professional in their chosen field for a day and learn what skills have made them successful, followed by a networking reception.
Work independently or with faculty members on major research projects, helping them identify issues and produce groundbreaking and publication worthy scholarly and applied research. Examples of recent faculty research projects include:
Network with international scholars as they present groundbreaking research at the UB Economics Seminar Series. Recent presenters include:
Collaborate with classmates on applied group projects, research papers, academic competitions, in student organizations and volunteer opportunities in the community.
Examples include team-based research projects on topics such as:
Review data in detail, observe patterns, perform advanced calculations and draw logical conclusions. Compile, analyze, and report data to explain economic phenomena and forecast market trends, applying mathematical models and statistical techniques.
Examples of applied learning:
Gain insight into the demands and expectations of employers including the ability to be dependable, punctual, dressing properly, being polite and displaying self confidence. Improve your skills through credit-bearing and, in some cases, paid internships. Students displaying knowledge, professionalism and a solid work ethic are oftentimes offered full-time positions.
Below are just a few of the organizations that regularly seek UB student interns:
Acquire the knowledge and skills to initiate, plan, execute, control and close the work of a team to achieve specific goals and meet specific success criteria at the specified time. Negotiate reasonable and achievable deadlines and milestones across teams and stakeholders. In short, deliver projects that meet the organization’s goals on time and on budget.
Choose to complete a research or academic project to showcase your ability to design, manage, operate, and report on a project, as both technical and project management skills are typical required for professional employment.
Master advanced analytical and scientific software, database user interface and query software, advanced spreadsheet software, development environment software and the ability to manipulate big data.
Superior technology skills are expected by employers and are developed in all of this graduate program’s courses. For example:
Enhance your ability to author effective critical communication pieces through required class projects, research papers, poster presentations and articles submitted for review and publication by professional organizations. Practice professional presentation skills in seminar classes before you take the stage at regional and national conferences.
Masters and Doctoral students participate in the Economics Seminar Series where they are listening to presentations, providing feedback and expanding their professional network. Recent guests include:
* Business Analyst
* Financial Advisor
* Forensic Economist
* Health Economist
* Industrial Analyst
* Market Researcher
* International Investor
* Policy Analyst
* Political Scientist
* Risk Manager
* Securities Analyst
Our 36-credit MS program is listed by the US Immigration Customs Enforcement as a STEM-designated (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) degree. F-1 students with STEM degrees in fields listed on the STEM Designated Degree Program List are eligible for the 24-Month OPT STEM Extension.
Graduate students who are United States citizens, or those with national or permanent resident status by the application deadline, are eligible to receive outside STEM scholarships and aid such as those from the National Science Foundation.