Florida State University

Department Of Economics

College of Social Sciences & Public Policy

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Master’s in Applied Economics

The one year terminal master’s in Applied Economics program at FSU prepares students for a variety of careers in government and the private sector. Graduates often begin their careers as analysts, junior data scientists, or research associates. Our students work closely with faculty, alumni, and civic leaders to learn how economic theory is applied to data and consulting projects in the labor force. Students gain exposure to in-demand software and learn data analysis skills.

Twice a year, the program hosts a career day when professionals, often program graduates, visit campus and engage with the current cohort. They meet the current cohort, discuss a typical day in their company, and conduct mock interviews with students. The interviews help prepare students for the job market and are often used as a recruiting tool by the interviewing companies. Fall career day frequently helps students land spring internships. Spring career day often helps students secure their first post-graduation jobs.

The culmination of the program is an Applied Master’s Project, conducted in the summer. The Applied Master’s Project allows students to gain experience in performing practical economic research from start to finish as is commonly found in consulting projects or government agency reports. Additionally, students gain practical experience attending and preparing for structured meetings, giving formal presentations, and technical writing. At the end of July, professionals from Tallahassee and outside the community are invited to attend a Symposium to listen to the project presentations.

The program prides itself on providing networking opportunities to students by maintaining close connections with alumni and engaging with leaders in state and local government.

To apply, please go to the Office of Admissions.