Department of Economics
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742

Master of Professional Studies Program in Applied Economics
1400 16th Street, NW
Suite 140
Washington, DC 20036

Master's Program contact:
Dr. John Straub

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 (fall and spring).
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 graduates was virtually 100%.  The only one of our 2015 graduates not currently working in the field is someone who also earned a law degree in 2015, and is currently studying for the bar exam.  The list of employers for our 2015 graduates includes:

Abt Associates, Bozman Group, Deloitte Consulting, Fannie Mae, Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac), Inter-American Development Bank, Institutional Shareholder Services, Inc., JD Powers and Associates, KPMG Consulting, Navigant Consulting, NDP Analytics, Optimal Solutions Group, Social Security Advisory Board, US African Development Foundation, US Bureau of Economic Analysis, US Bureau of Labor Statistics, US Census Bureau, US Department of Health and Human Services, US Federal Trade Commission, US National Institutes of Health, US Office of Management and Budget, and the US Treasury. 

International Students

International students on F-1 student visas are not permitted to work for pay in the US while pursuing their degree.  They are, however, allowed to work at unpaid 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.