Online M.S. in Applied Economics (MSAE)



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The Online Master of Science in Applied Economics (MSAE) program objective is to provide graduates with analytical capabilities in economic development, financial economics, and regulatory issues. The skills and competencies addressed by this program include market analysis, quantitative analysis, regulatory industry analysis, financial economics and economic development. These capabilities represent a unique combination of skills that are needed within society.

The program provides the quantitative and analytical skills for graduates to assist businesses in market analysis including: quantitative, regulatory, and economic development. Graduates will be able to compete for employment in financial institutions, industry, and government enterprises engaged in financial economic development, public utilities and federal and state regulatory agencies.

Business and policy decisions are about change. Managing and excelling amid that change requires a knowledge foundation in the underlying business and policy decision-making process, a skillset geared to analyzing change, and the adaptability to use knowledge and tools effectively regardless of the magnitude of change.

Are you looking for a graduate degree that prepares you to apply theoretical and empirical tools to business and policy problems?

The fully-online Master of Science in Applied Economics (MSAE) program provides students with the skills and competencies necessary to perform theoretically meaningful empirical analysis of financial markets, industrial organization, government regulation, international trade, health care, economic development and consumer choice. Our students learn how to evaluate business decisions and policy programs and explain progression of various events and their impact on the economy in a business or policy context.

What are the key advantages in the structure and delivery of the program?

Geographic flexibility

  • Fully-online program
  • No campus visits required

Schedule flexibility

  • Courses are fully asynchronous permitting students to complete their work on their own schedule
  • 2-year (5 semester) curriculum with a spring or fall start
  • Take 2 courses/semester to accommodate busy schedules

Strong academics

  • Courses designed and delivered by experienced Georgia Southern professors certified to teach online
  • Engagement in simulations, discussions and multimedia presentations
  • Training in applied economic analysis using real-world data
  • AACSB accredited

Stackable credentials

  • Graduate Certificate in Applied Economics meets regional accreditation for teaching
  • Seamless transition from the certificate to the MSAE

The MSAE helps you develop answers to business and policy questions.

  • Why did households respond to a policy change in an unexpected manner?
  • How should your firm respond to changes in government regulation?
  • How to design effective policies and make managerial decision to minimize unintended consequences?
  • How to interpret results of empirical studies?
  • How do we model the behavior of our competitors to find a more profitable strategy?

Admission Requirements


To ease the hardship that many of our applicants are currently experiencing, the Master of Science in Applied Economics program has decided to “relax” the GRE requirement during the COVID19 pandemic. Although GRE now provides online testing, we will not, until further notice, require GRE scores to “complete” an application.  If you meet all the prerequisite course requirements and have a strong academic record, excluding GRE scores will have no effect on your application review and/or the admission decision.  Some applications, however, might benefit from a sound GRE performance. 

Please email if you will not be submitting GRE scores.

Admission into the Master of Science in Applied Economics program is competitive. To be considered for regular admission students must satisfy the following requirements:

  1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  2. Undergraduate GPA: minimum of 3.00 on a 4.00 point scale
  3. Competitive GRE scores
  4. Completed courses in calculus, statistics, and intermediate level macroeconomics and microeconomics with a minimum grade of “C” in each course and a minimum GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale in these courses

The GRE requirement may be waived at the discretion of the Program Director for applicants holding a graduate degree in a quantitative field.

Application Deadlines

The deadline for completed applications for fall semester admission is July 1st. Applications for spring semester are due by October 1st. Applications completed after the deadline will be considered at the discretion of the Program Director.

For general questions,
Phone: (912) 344-2539
Fax: (912) 344-3485

For MSAE questions,
Phone: (912) 478-5767

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