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Economic analysis is no longer relegated to academicians and a small number of PhD-trained specialists. Instead, economics has become an increasingly ubiquitous as well as rapidly changing line of inquiry that requires people who are skilled in analyzing and interpreting economic data, and then using it to effect decisions about national and global markets and policy, involving everything from health care to fiscal policy, from foreign aid to the environment, from the economics of defense to the economics of the law, and from financial risk to real risk.
Advances in computing and the greater availability of timely data through the Internet have created an arena that demands skilled statistical analysis, guided by economic reasoning and modeling. This combination is in high demand by government agencies, congressional committees, international lending institutions, trade associations, private businesses, including those in the financial services sector, and private consulting firms.
The MS in applied economics is a 10-course degree program offered evenings at the Washington, D.C., center of the Johns Hopkins University (near Dupont Circle). It can be pursued at a part-time or full-time pace. All undergraduate majors are welcome; not all of our students have majored in economics. Admissions are rolling, and one can begin any summer, fall, or spring semester.
The program develops skill in economic reasoning, and in formulating and estimating economic models through the use of econometrics and other quantitative techniques. This is accomplished by a rigorous and demanding curriculum, and a talented and dedicated staff of instructors. The foundation for intelligent economic reasoning is laid with microeconomic and macroeconomic theory and policy; in turn, statistics and econometrics lay the foundation for empirical analysis. Econometric skills are deepened by taking an advanced econometrics course, either microeconometrics or macroeconometrics. A large and diverse array of electives spans the subfields of economics, and provides additional experience in economic modeling and econometric estimation.
Through the Advanced Academic Programs (AAP), the Johns Hopkins University Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences offers flexible graduate degrees and certificate programs that respond to the unique educational requirements of working adults seeking to pursue their professional and personal development through academic exploration.
Onsite courses are offered in the evening and on Saturdays to fit your busy schedule. Courses are offered in the fall, spring, and summer terms.
AAP offers classes across four sites: Homewood campus in Baltimore, MD; Washington, D.C., Center near Dupont Circle; Montgomery County Campus in Rockville, MD; and online.
All programs are accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.