MA in Economic Policy

The Master of Arts in Economic Policy (MAEP) program is an intensive three-semester course of study combining a strong foundation in economics with the management skills appropriate for students interested in careers as policy analysts and decision-makers in government, nonprofit institutions, international organizations, and the private sector. The core of the program provides a foundation in economic theory and its application, quantitative methods, and the basic tools of management analysis. The MAEP permits in-depth specialization in two policy and management fields drawn from courses offered in both the Department of Economics and Boston University’s School of Management. Up to four course credits can be earned through internships providing on-site working experience relevant to economics research and policy making.

Applicants to this program should have, or be expecting, a bachelor’s degree in economics, economics and mathematics, or a closely related discipline (from an institution recognized by the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences).

Course Requirements

Candidates must complete a minimum of 12 semester courses (48 credits). Requirements in quantitative methods and micro- and macroeconomic theory are the same as those for the MA in Economics.

The MAEP requires:

  • Four economics core courses
  • Two management core courses
  • Two fields, each consisting of two appropriate courses selected from the economics MA offerings in the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (GRS) and the MBA offerings in the Questrom School of Business. Possible fields include:
    • Economic Development
    • Finance
    • Health
    • Industry
    • International Trade and Finance
    • Labor Economics
    • Marketing
    • Money and Capital Markets
    • Public Economics
    • Environmental Economics
    • Markets and Regulation
  • Two additional elective courses

To be eligible for the MAEP, students are expected to attain an overall grade point average of 2.85 or higher. (For exact program requirements, see the department rules and regulations, available from the Master’s Program Administrator in the Department of Economics.)

Language Requirement

There is no foreign language requirement for this degree.

Comprehensive Examination

Candidates must pass a written comprehensive examination that tests general knowledge of economic theory and quantitative methods. Every master’s student is expected to take the first available offering of the Comprehensive Examination after he or she has completed the economics core courses. This examination is offered twice a year.