Public Administration and Economics are inextricably linked. Economists provide much of the theory and analytic foundation that administrators use to evaluate and implement policy. Economic theory must consider the challenges in implementing and administering new ideas and proposals. Graduates with a strong quantitative background are in demand across all job markets.
Public Affairs and Administration graduates go on to a wide variety of careers. Most SPA graduates work in the public sector at federal, state, and local levels, while others work in the nonprofit sector or as private sector professionals. Careers range from policy analyst, program auditor, program officer and executive director to Presidential Management Fellow, manager or director at a state or federal agency and consultant.
The MA Econ program emphasizes applied skills that employers demand through substantial exposure to econometrics and forecasting, working with large and diverse data sets, and using a wide range of statistical software. In recent years, a number of graduates from the MA Econ program have gone on to top-ranked Ph.D. programs including Harvard, Stanford, UC-San Diego, and University of North Carolina. Others have gone to work as economists in various federal, state, and local government offices. Most MA Econ graduates move into the private sector, working as economists or quantitative analysts.
Students can obtain both degrees with a minimum of 48 semester hours, as compared with 66 hours to complete the degrees independently. To be eligible for the dual MPA/Econ program, students must be admitted to each of the two schools under their respective admissions procedures. Students currently admitted or enrolled in either SPA or Econ graduate schools may apply to the dual program by submitting an application to the other program and indicating their intent to seek the dual master’s degree.
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