Illustrative Curricula

Students choose their electives freely
The program’s courses in Quantitative Methods can be plugged into the curricula that students build for themselves. Some curricula are also available fully on-line. The following is merely intended to illustrate the great substantive flexibility of the program, and is not binding in any way:

Public Policy
For contributing to any level of government policy formulation and policy making. Choose from among a rich variety of electives: Industrial Organization, Public Economics, Economics of Health Care, Environmental and Resource Economics, Economics of the Labor Market, Law and Economics, and Political Economy. Cost-Benefit Analysis provides conceptual and quantitative tools essential for contemporary microeconomic policy formulation and evaluation. Both Microeconometrics and Macroeconometrics are germane to the subject, as is Survey Research Methods. Computable General Equilibrium Modeling builds a powerful tool with widespread use in the analysis of taxation, the income distribution, and environmental matters.

Financial Economics and the Macroeconomy
These are two by now obviously strongly complementary subjects, and we have a rich set of offerings: The foundation for the microeconomic analysis of intertemporal and interstatial [risk] allocation is laid in Financial Economics. Financial Intermediation & Financial Markets considers how existing institutions cope with both. Theory and practice are deepened in Economics of Investments & Financial Management and Economics of Derivatives. Further perspective is gained through Behavioral Economics & Finance. The economic aggregates are treated in Monetary Economics, International Finance [Open Economy Macro], and Economic Growth, while Finance & the Macroeconomy and Topics in Macroeconomics provide additional depth and integration. Quantitative tools are found in Macroeconometrics, Financial Econometrics, and Macroeconomic Forecasting. (A formal Concentration in Financial Economics can be declared.)

International Economics and Development
For gaining an analytical and quantitative perspective on global matters. Substantive courses include International Finance [Open Economy Macro], International Trade [Open Economy Micro], Development Microeconomics, and Economic Growth. Here too, Cost-Benefit Analysis provides essential conceptual and quantitative tools. Microeconometrics and/or Macroeconometrics, as well as Survey Research Methods further develop the corresponding quantitative skills. Computable General Equilibrium Modeling builds a powerful tool with widespread applicability in this field. A student can round out the subject in-house.

Spatial Economics
For contributing to local economic policy analysis and policy making. Students choose Regional Economics and Urban Economics from the Applied Economics Program, and Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Analysis from the GIS Program, and an additional elective from the GIS program if they wish. The MS Degree can be earned fully on-line by students wishing to pursue this subject.

Environmental Economics
For contributing to efficient corporate and public policy. Students take Environmental and Resource Economics, Cost-Benefit Analysis, and Microeconometrics and/or Macroeconometrics in the Applied Economics Program. Computable General Equilibrium Modeling builds a powerful tool with widespread use in the field. Up to two courses from the in-house Environmental Science and Policy, Energy and Climate Change, or Geographic Information Systems programs, some of which are available on-line, can count towards the electives in our program, as can courses from the Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals, Environmental Planning and Management Program, most of which are available on-line. The MS Degree can be earned fully on-line by students wishing to pursue this subject.

Health Economics
Bring to bear the tools of economics in this burgeoning field! Students take Economics of Health Care, Cost-Benefit Analysis, and Microeconometrics in the Applied Economics Program, and choose four or eight credits [equivalent of up to two of our courses] from science, specialized quantitative, and policy courses in the part-time Master of Public Health Program at the Bloomberg School, offered on-line. The MS Degree can be earned fully on-line by students wishing to pursue this subject.

Quantitative Methods
Any or all of our courses offering training in advanced econometrics and empirical methods — Microeconometrics, Macroeconometrics, Financial Econometrics, Macroeconomic Forecasting, Survey Research Methods, Cost-Benefit Analysis, Real Risk, and Computable General Equilibrium Modeling —  are sincerely recommended for consideration to non-degree seeking students and degree candidates alike. The MS degree can be completed fully online if a student wishes to pursue this subject.

For more detailed information on the courses offered, visit Course Descriptions.

State-specific Information for Online Programs

Note: Students should be aware of state-specific information for online programs. For more information, please contact an admissions representative.