Department of Economics
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742

Master of Science
Program in Applied Economics

Dr. John Straub, Program Director

College Park location
1102 Morrill Hall
Program Coordinator:
Hardeep Chowdhary
(301) 405-3557

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

Program Overview

Our STEM-designated Master of Science in Applied Economics provides working professionals with rigorous training in quantitative economics and applied econometrics.  The 10-course, 30-credit program emphasizes empirical skills, with an emphasis on application to real-world policy-relevant examples.  The program prepares students to work as analysts in the public, private and nonprofit sectors.

You can view a series of informational videos about our program

Online Instruction through the rest of 2020

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all of our instruction is currently online through at least the rest of 2020.  All of our online courses offer a combination of synchronous online class meetings and asynchronous instruction like video lectures and online discussion boards.  The synchronous class meetings take place in the evening (Washington, DC time zone).  Online section sizes are limited to maintain reasonable student-teacher-ratios. 

Decisions about the resumption of in-person instruction will prioritize the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff. 

Evening Classes in Downtown Washington, DC or in College Park

Prior to the pandemic, our program operated in 2 different physical locations:

- Downtown Washington, DC near DuPont Circle, and
- on our main campus in College Park, Maryland

We offer the same curriculum in both locations, and all instruction is online through at least the end of 2020.  Nevertheless, applicants still must choose one "location" or the other.

The College Park campus is "inside the Beltway" - within the Washington, DC metro area, less than 10 miles from the White House and the US Capitol. 

We sponsor F-1 visas for international students who enroll in our College Park location.  We do not sponsor F-1 visas for students in the Washington, DC location.  So international applicants who would need the University of Maryland to sponsor an F-1 visa are only eligible to apply to the College Park version of our program.  Applicants who are already in the US on a visa that permits study (G4 and H4 visas, for example) are welcome to apply to either location. 

Domestic students are welcome to enroll in either location, though most domestic students prefer the Washington, DC location.  Most of our domestic students work during the day and our DuPont Circle location is usually more conveniently located relative to their jobs.  The Washington, DC version of our program also operates on a quarter-based academic calendar, rather than the traditional semester-based academic calendar.  The quarter-based academic calendar in DC tends to be more flexible and more conducive to completing the degree quickly, despite taking just a couple courses at a time in the evenings.  Domestic students who take 2 courses per quarter in our Washington, DC location can complete the whole 10-course degree in 5 quarters - just 15 months. 

Students can begin the DC version of our program in the fall (late August/early September) or spring (late February/early March).  It is only possible to begin the College Park version of our program in the fall. 

The traditional semester-based academic calendar in College Park, with long breaks in the winter and summer, is better suited for full-time students. 

Typical course sequences and course offerings for both locations are posted on the Courses page of our website.

Our series of informational videos includes a video presentation about alternative plans of study that students can follow in our program. 

Questions can also be addressed to

Program Objectives

Upon completion of the program, students will:

  • Understand how to collect, evaluate, understand and analyze economic data.
  • Understand and interpret statistical results and apply empirical evidence to economic arguments.
  • Articulate and apply standard macroeconomic theories and models to policy discussion.
  • Articulate and apply standard microeconomic theories and models to policy discussion.
  • Interpret and communicate economic models to a wider audience.
  • Measure and evaluate the effectiveness of policy programs using sound econometric techniques.