Department of Economics
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742

Master of Professional Studies
Program in Applied Economics

Dr. John Straub, Program Director

College Park location
1102 Morrill Hall
Program Coordinator:
Stephanie Bergwall
(301) 405-3557

Washington, DC location
1400 16th Street, NW
Suite 140
Washington, DC 20036
Program Coordinator:
Eileen Kramer
(202) 525-4308

Career Placement

The University of Maryland's Department of Economics has trained countless economists who are now working in the DC-area and around the globe.  Students in our professional master's degree program benefit immediately from opportunities to network with our faculty and with their fellow students.  We maintain working relationships with dozens of employers who recruit our students and alumni.  We also partner with the University of Maryland's Career Center to organize 2 career placement events every year (October and February).
Many of our students are already working when they begin our program.  Often it is their employer who sends a student our way, and pays at least part of the tuition.  In other cases our students are looking to transition into economic analysis from a different career path, or to get their foot in the door for their first "real" job after college.  Just being enrolled in our program sends a very strong signal to potential employers, which helps our students earn jobs, raises and promotions, even before they graduate.

The employment rate for our 2015 and 2016 graduates was virtually 100%: 56 of the 58 graduates seeking employment were placed in the field at the time of their graduation.  Each of following employers has hired at least one of our 2015 or 2016 graduates:

Abt Associates, Bozman Group, CoStar, Deloite Consulting, Elite Personnel/Navigant, Fannie Mae, Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac), Federal Housing Finance Agency, Grant Thornton, Institutional Shareholder Services, Inc., Inter-American Development Bank, JD Powers and Associates, KPMG Consulting, Logapps, MCM Capital Partners/ BSI Financial, Members First Credit Union, Navagant Consulting, NDP Analytics, Optimal Solutions Group, PricewaterhouseCooper, SBA Group, Social & Scientific Systems, Social Security Advisory Board, Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC), US African Development Foundation, US Air Force, US Bureau of Economic Analysis, US Bureau of Labor Statistics, US Bureau of the Census, US Coast Guard, US Department of Agriculture, US Department of Defense, US Department of Health and Human Services, US Department of Labor, US Department of the Treasury, US Federal Trade Commission, US National Institutes of Health, US Office of Management and Budget, Virginia Hospital Center, Wells Fargo.

International Students

There are restrictions on legal employment opportunities for international students in the US on F-1 student visas.  Students in F-1 visas are generally allowed to work at internships during their second year in our program.  The evening classes in our program facilitate the scheduling of internships during the day.  International students are also able to travel in the United States or back to their home country during the summer and winter breaks. 

International students on an F-1 visa can apply to stay in the United States to work at an Optional Practical Training (OPT) internship after they graduate.  Eligibility for OPT internships is determined by the university's office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS).  We cannot guarantee an OPT internship for every graduate, but we do have well-established relationships with many Washington, DC area employers, and we will help students interested in seeking internships.