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Department of Economics



  • 30 Hours / Full or Part Time
  • Online
  • Completed in 3-5 semesters
  • Start in Fall
  • Apply by May 1
  • Late applications accepted as space is available
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The job outlook for economics-related occupations is growing faster than average due to increasing demand for quantitative skills and critical reasoning associated with training in economics.

M.S. Economics graduates will be high-level quantitative economists with the ability to analyze complex policy issues using modern data analysis and econometric methods. Graduates will not only have the technical skills in demand by national employers, they will be able to apply their learning to a large and diverse set of policy issues within our areas of program expertise, such as public finance, health economics, and regional economics.

In the M.S. Economics, students will develop skills not limited to the following abilities:

  • Explain the choices of economic factors, such as consumers and firms, using microeconomic theory.
  • Evaluate the impacts of imperfectly competitive markets and government intervention on society and groups with society.
  • Synthesize the current state of knowledge on a policy.
  • Describe the efficient structure, storage, and usage of administrative data.
  • Build theoretically sound econometric models.
  • Employ R to obtain parameter estimates of magnitude and empirical relevance, and
  • Produce clear and straightforward summaries of empirical results across a number of written contexts.


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WVU offers several resources for current and former military personnel and incentives for online programs as well.


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Program Highlights


Hours / Full Time
Completed in One Year
Fall Start


$965/CR HOUR


Ranked #21 among public Online Business Master's Programs by U.S. News & World Report

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Application deadlines:

  • Fall – May 1
  • late applications accepted as space is available
  • ECON 509: Research Design/Methodology (3 credits)
  • ECON 510: Microeconomic Theory (3 credits)
  • ECON 520: Small Data Methods (3 credits)
  • ECON 582: Practicum (3 credits)

Areas of Emphasis (9 credits)

  • Empirical Economics
    • ECON 525: Economic Theory and Practice
    • ECON 526: Causal Inference
    • ECON 561: Regional Economics
  • Political Economy
    • ECON 521: History of Economic Thought
    • ECON 522: Institutional Economics
    • ECON 523: American Economic History
  • ECON Electives (9 credits)


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