Analytical Economics M.A.

Students in Masters Economics Program
Analytical Economics M.A.

Start in August, finish in May. In this rigorous, 36-credit program you'll master the quantitative skills and cutting-edge research skills needed to launch a high-value career. Choose electives in such areas as international trade and finance, environmental and resource economics, health economics, data analysis and information management, and international business.

***A revised graduate program in analytical economics is under development for Academic Catalog year 2019/2020. Updated program description and course requirements will be posted in August.***

Why get your master’s degree in economics?

In this rigorous 10-month program you will master the quantitative and cutting-edge research skills needed to launch a high-value career. places a graduate degree in economics among the top 10 best-paying graduate degrees with a median pay of $134,000. Paul College’s program is one of the most rigorous in the country and one of the best. You will learn advanced economic theory, econometric and data analysis skills, and apply them through SAS and R coding, all in one year. You also will experience the breadth of the field in a weekly research seminar and pursue your own research project with faculty mentors.

Why choose UNH’s M.A. in economics program?

With a global reputation for outstanding teaching and research, the Economics Department at Paul College offers a vibrant atmosphere for graduate learning, research and development. We offer two of the nation’s most distinctive graduate programs in economics that prepare students to become both research economists and college professors. These include the Economics M.A. and Economics Ph.D. Many of our M.A. students go on to study for their Ph.D., and coursework completed in the master’s program may count toward a Ph.D. degree. A dedicated Career and Professional Success Office will help you land that job.

Potential careers

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


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    "I was fortunate enough to have the support of several UNH faculty members in the audience — Karen Conway, Robert Mohr and Joe Sabia — when I received the award, in addition to all of their valuable feedback along the way. I want to express my gratitude for the education that I received in the Ph.D...

Curriculum & Requirements

The M.A. program in economics shares core economic theory and econometrics classes with the Ph.D. program. This coursework is considerably more rigorous than that typically found in stand alone M.A. programs. Consequently, UNH’s Master's students are exceptionally well trained.

The 10­-month M.A. program is based on four terms, a 5­-week (Term 1) and three 10­-week terms (Terms 2-­4). Classes run from the end of August through the end of May. The program consists of four components: the foundation (Term 1), the core (Term 2), concentrations and capstone experience (Terms 3 and 4). Students participate in weekly research seminars in Terms 2-­4, where they are exposed to cutting­-edge research presented by UNH faculty and scholars from around the country. The culminating experience for the program is a first-year research paper that students complete in Term 4. Students work closely with faculty members in conducting original research and completing their paper.

Students must earn 36 credits to graduate, usually consisting of ten, 3-­credit courses, plus 6 hours of graduate economics seminar.

The Foundation
ECON 825Mathematical Economics 13
Economic Problems (Special Topics: Econometric Skills) *
The Core 2
ECON 976Microeconomics I3
ECON 972Macroeconomics I3
ECON 926Econometrics I3
ECON 927Econometrics II (or an approved skills course)3
Field/elective courses 312
Graduate Economics Seminar
ECON 988Graduate Economics Seminar 46
Master's Paper
ECON 979Research Skills 53
Total Credits36


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)
  • 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.

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

Prospective international students are strongly encouraged to complete our international pre-application process and are required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or equivalent examination scores. Please note that 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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