Applied Economics

MS in Applied Economics Online Information Session

April 29, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM


Economic analysis is no longer relegated to academicians and a small number of Ph.D.-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.

MS in Applied Economics

Format Online and Onsite (Washington, D.C.)
Entry Terms Fall, Spring, and Summer
Degree Requirements 10 courses
Length of Program 12 – 24 months
Tuition $4,724* per course.
*Final rates pending approval of the Board of Trustees.

Program Overview

The MS in Applied Economics Program, which is recognized as a STEM degree, 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 online)
  • 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 online)
  • International Economics and Development (on-site and online)
  • Spatial Economics (online only)
  • Environmental Economics (on-site and online)
  • Health Economics (on-site and online)
  • Quantitative Methods (on-site and online)

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

American Economic Association
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