Analytical Economics (M.A.)

Analytical Economics (M.A.)

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Paul College’s new Master of Arts in Analytical Economics program is one of the most rigorous in the country. Learn advanced economic theory, econometric and data analysis, and code in R and SAS all in one year. Its two tracks give students flexibility to pursue careers in academia or industry. The academic track emphasizes economic theory and research skills. The industry track applies economic reasoning, statistics and analytics to business problems. Students are uniquely positioned to help businesses analyze big data and harness machine prediction. The industry track culminates with a corporate internship or consulting project.

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Why get a master's degree in analytical economics?

You're a recent economics undergrad who wants to knock a few rungs off the career ladder. Or perhaps you have a liberal arts degree but you're strong in math and love to reason and problem solve. Maybe you have your sights set on research and teaching economics at the college level. If any of these describe your motivation, the UNH analytical economics M.A. will put you on the path to launch a high-value career. data places a graduate degree in economics among the top 10 best-paying graduate degrees with a median pay of $134,000.

Why choose UNH's M.A. in analytical economics program?

Nationally ranked: Our M.A. in analytic economics is consistently ranked among the best, No. 37 in 2019 by TFE Times.
One year: Finish this program in just one year, saving you time and money.
Rigorous and relevant: You’ll master the quantitative and cutting-edge research skills to excel in your career. Learn advanced economic theory, econometric and data analysis, and code in SAS and R.
Industry track: Gain advanced quantitative economics and econometric skills in preparation for careers in applied economic professions.
Academic track: Prepare you for Ph.D. programs in economics.
Faculty mentoring: Our faculty have a global reputation for outstanding research and teaching.
Capstone experience: For the industry track, students complete an applied project, summer internship or assist with faculty-driven research. For the academic track, students will complete the Ph.D. comprehensive exam in economic theory.
Excellent job placement: Ninety-three percent of 2018 graduates had jobs six months post-graduation.

Potential careers

  • Banking and financial services
  • Economic development
  • Economic forecasting
  • Entrepreneurial ventures
  • Government administration
  • Market research
  • Stock/commodities brokerage


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Curriculum & Requirements

UNH’s STEM designated M.A. in Analytical Economics offers rigorous training in core mathematical concepts and econometric techniques, designed to prepare students for a variety of paths.

For those seeking marketable skills and experience, the industry track provides knowledge and skills that are in demand in the market and unique among programs in economics or analytics. In today’s environment, increasingly shaped by machine learning, there is strong demand for graduates who can clearly conceptualize decision problems, and can develop and interpret predictions most useful to their organization. Paul College’s M.A. in Analytical Economics weaves economic theory and business applications together with statistics, analytics, and machine-learning techniques, positioning graduates to take on high-value positions in every sector of the economy.

The academic track serves those students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in economics. The academic track utilizes the same courses as the first-year Ph.D. program, and thus provides the most rigorous preparation possible for later entry into a Ph.D. program.

Please note that the 12-month MA program begins on or near August 1 with the three-week intensive course ECON 825 Mathematical Economics. This is followed by two semesters of coursework, and a summer capstone experience in the second summer. The summer capstone experience for the industry track is an applied industry project or internship, carrying 2-4 credits. Students on the academic track must achieve a satisfactory performance on the theory comprehensive exam, which is their capstone experience.

The Foundation
ECON 825Mathematical Economics (August Math Camp) 14
The Core
ECON 976Microeconomics I4
ECON 972Macroeconomics I4
ECON 926Econometrics I4
ECON 927Econometrics II4
Students choose one of the following tracks:12-14
Industry Track
ECON 988
Graduate Economics Seminar 2
Three courses from this list or other approved courses:
ECON 928
Times Series Econometrics (Time Series Econometrics)
ADMN 875
Prescriptive Analytics
ADMN 872
Predictive Analytics
ADMN 873
Data Management and Visualization
CS 830
Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
CS 850
Machine Learning
Internship or Industry Project
Academic Track
ECON 988
Graduate Economics Seminar 2
ECON 973
Macroeconomics II
ECON 977
Microeconomics II
ECON 927
Econometrics II
Theory Comprehensive Exam
Total Credits32-34


Applications must be completed by the following deadlines in order to be reviewed for admission:

  • Fall: Feb. 15 (to be considered for merit based financial assistance); April 15 (regular) (Extended to July 15 for Fall 2020)
  • Spring: N/A
  • Summer: N/A
  • Special: N/A

Application fee: $65

Campus: Durham

New England Regional: RI VT

Accelerated Masters Eligible: No

New Hampshire Residents

Students claiming in-state residency must also submit a Proof of Residence form. This form is not required to complete your application, but you will need to submit it after you are offered admission or you will not be able to register for classes.


If you attended UNH after September 1, 1991, and have indicated so on your online application, we will retrieve your transcript internally; this includes UNH-Durham, UNH-Manchester and UNH Non-Degree work. 

If you did not attend UNH, or attended prior to September 1, 1991, then you must request one official transcript be sent directly to our office from the Registrar's Office of each college/university attended. International transcripts must be translated into English. We accept transcripts both electronically and in hard copy:

  • Electronic Transcripts: Please have your institution send the transcript directly to Please note that we can only accept copies sent directly from the institution.
  • Paper Transcripts: Please send hard copies of transcripts to: UNH Graduate School, Thompson Hall- 105 Main Street, Durham, NH 03824. You may request transcripts be sent to us directly from the institution or you may send them yourself as long as they remain sealed in the original university envelope.

Letters of recommendation: 3 required

Recommendation letters submitted by relatives or friends, as well as letters older than one year, will not be accepted.

Test Scores: GRE Required

GRE required. Request official test scores to be sent directly to the Graduate School by the testing service. Test scores more than five years old are not acceptable. Student copies and photo copies of scores are not considered official. Our CEEB code is 3918.

Accelerated Master's applicants are not required to submit GRE test scores and will be waived after the application has been submitted by the Graduate School.

For general information about test scores required for admission into our programs please visit our Test Scores webpage.

Personal Statement/Essay Questions

Prepare a brief but careful statement regarding:

  1. Reasons you wish to do graduate work in this field, including your immediate and long-range objectives.
  2. Your specific research or professional interest and experiences in this field.


Resume is optional but recommended.

Important Notes

All applicants are encouraged to contact programs directly to discuss program specific application questions.

International Applicants

The University of New Hampshire recommends that international applicants who are living outside of the United States, and are planning on pursuing a research based degree, submit a preapplication form before submitting a full application. Your preapplication request will be carefully reviewed and a decision usually provided within 3 weeks. If your preapplication is approved then it is recommended you then submit a full application. If you are currently living in the United States (on a H1B visa, etc.), or you plan on pursuing a professional master’s degree, then you do not need to submit a preapplication.

Prospective international students are required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or equivalent examination scores. English Language Exams may be waived if English is your first language. If you wish to request a waiver, then please visit our Test Scores webpage for more information.

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Where are they now?

Paul College M.A. economics graduates have launched successful careers with organizations including:

  • Fannie Mae
  • National Association of Manufacturers
  • ITR Economic
  • Amazon
  • John Hancock
  • U.S. Federal Reserve Board
  • Global Economics Group
  • University of Utah
  • Brown University
  • Public Consulting Group



Meet Our Faculty

Watch this video to learn more about the economics program faculty, including Michael Goldberg, Todd H. Crockett Professor of Economics and winner of the 2016 UNH Graduate Faculty Mentor Award.

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