Analytical Economics (M.A.)

Analytical Economics (M.A.)

Students in Masters Economics Program

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 how to code in R and SAS all in one year. Its two tracks give students flexibility to pursue careers in academia or industry, with the industry track culminating in a corporate internship or consulting project.

Credit Hours: 32, academic track; 32-35, industry track   |    Program Length: 1 year

TUITION RATES for AY 21-22 are expected to be the same as those currently published for AY 20-21.


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 for Ph.D. programs in economics.
Faculty mentoring: Our faculty have aglobal 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

  • Business consultant
  • Economic consultant
  • Economist
  • Data analyst
  • Risk analyst
  • Economic forecaster
  • Policy analyst
  • Market researcher
  • Research associate


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Curriculum & Requirements

UNH’s STEM Designated Master of Arts in Analytical Economics provides an innovative combination of economic theory, statistics and econometrics, and analytics. All three areas are critical in preparing students as research economists or industry professionals. Its use of doctoral-level classes in economic theory and econometrics makes the degree one of the most rigorous in the country. 

The program offers students a choice between an industry track and an academic track. Students also have the flexibility of pursuing a mixed track. The industry track includes graduate-level classes in data storage and warehousing, data management and visualization, macroeconomic consulting, and games and auctions. The track prepares students to help businesses and other organizations understand the decision problems they face and the how big data combined with economic theory can help solve them. The academic track provides a full year of doctoral-level economic theory, econometric analysis, and research seminar. It is designed for students whose ultimate goal is a Ph.D. in Economics or who seek employment as a research economist in public policy or industry.  Students in both tracks enroll in an intensive Math Economics course during the month of August. The program culminates in a capstone experience, which depends on a student’s chosen track. 

The program requires a minimum of 32 credit hours of coursework and a capstone experience. All students must complete the four core classes. The program can be completed in 12 months. It begins with a three-week August term in which an intensive (14 hours of contact time on average per week) Mathematical Economics class is the only requirement. The August term is followed by two semesters of coursework. Some of the industry-track courses are scheduled on the 8-week MSBA and MBA term calendar. These term classes entail 3-credit hours and meet 3.5 hours a week. A capstone experience in the late spring and early summer completes the degree requirements. The capstone for industry track students is an industry internship or project, whereas academic track students take a doctoral-level comprehensive exam in microeconomic or macroeconomic theory.

The Core
ECON 825Mathematical Economics 14
ECON 926Econometrics I4
ECON 927Econometrics II4
ECON 976Microeconomics I4
Industry Track
DS 801Business Intelligence 23
DS 804Exploration and Communication of Data 23
ECON 890Analytical Economics in Practice (Capstone) 33
ECON 971 23
ECON 975 23
Elective 4
Academic Track
ECON 972Macroeconomics I4
ECON 973Macroeconomics II4
ECON 977Microeconomics II4
ECON 988Graduate Economics Seminar (Fall and Spring)4
Capstone - Comprehensive Exam
Mixed Track
ECON 9713
or ECON 972 Macroeconomics I
At least 14 credits of classes (if ECON 972 is selected) or 15 credits of classes (if ECON 971 is selected) from either the industry or academic track. Students should take 5 credits of classes beyond the core during the fall semester and 8 credits of classes beyond the core during the spring semester.


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

  • Fall: April 15th (to be considered for merit based financial assistance); June 15th (regular) (Extended Deadline to July 1 for Fall 2021)
  • Spring: November 15th (Accelerated Masters for current UNH students only); If you are not a current UNH Undergraduate Student, you will need to apply to the Fall term.
  • Summer: N/A
  • Special: N/A

Application fee: $65

Campus: Durham

New England Regional: RI VT

Accelerated Masters: Yes (for more details see the accelerated masters information page)

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.

Transcripts are required for any school you earned a degree from, attended for at least one year, or attended for 2 or more semesters. Exceptions to this rule may be approved at the discretion of the program you are applying to and the UNH Graduate School Admission’s office.

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.

For general information about test scores, including waiver requests and current COVID related impacts, 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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