Applied Economics

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Economic analysis is no longer relegated to academicians and a small number of PhD-trained specialists. Instead, economics has become an increasingly ubiquitous as well as rapidly changing line of inquiry that requires people who are skilled in analyzing and interpreting economic data, and then using it to effect decisions about national and global markets and policy, involving everything from health care to fiscal policy, from foreign aid to the environment, and from financial risk to real risk.

Program Information

Course Locations Washington, DC and Online
Earn Degree Onsite Yes.
Earn Degree Online *Yes.
Entry Terms Fall, Spring or Summer semester
Degree Requirements 10 courses
Tuition and Fees Tuition in the 2019-2020 academic year is $4,499 per course.
Please note: 2019-2020 tuition rates are tentative pending approval by the Board of Trustees.
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Program Overview

The MS in Applied Economics Program develops skill in economic reasoning, and in constructing and estimating economic models through the use of econometrics and other quantitative techniques. This is accomplished by a rigorous and demanding curriculum and a talented and dedicated staff of instructors. This is a ten-course degree program, with classes offered in the evenings at the Washington, D.C., center of The Johns Hopkins University (near Dupont Circle) and online. The degree can be pursued at a part-time or a full-time pace. All undergraduate majors are welcome. Admissions are rolling; thus one can begin in Summer, Fall, or Spring semesters.

  • Take four core courses [Microeconomic Theory, Macroeconomic Theory, Statistics, and Econometrics]
  • Choose at least one advanced econometrics course [From the Time-Series Courses Macroeconometrics, Macroeconomic Forecasting, or Financial Econometrics, or from the Cross-Section and Panel Data Microeconometrics course]
  • Choose five electives from 31 courses spanning diverse subfields of economics


Applied Economics students tailor their own course of study and can pursue any of the following areas, or mix and match:

  • Public Policy (on-site and on-line)
  • Financial Economics and the Macroeconomy (a formal Concentration in Financial Economics can be declared; both the informal curriculum and the formal concentration are available on-site and on-line)
  • International Economics and Development (on-site only)
  • Spatial Economics (online only)
  • Environmental Economics (on-line only)
  • Health Economics (on-line only)
  • Quantitative Methods (on-site and on-line)

For courses comprising these curricula, visit our Illustrative Curricula page. For details of course content, visit Course Descriptions page.

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.

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Informative Videos:

View a recorded Online Open House session (Spring 2019)

Modern Macroeconomics by Sanjay K. Chugh Modern Macroeconomics by Sanjay Chugh

American Economic Association The American Economics Association has launched an informational video entitled “A career in Economics… it’s much more than you think.”