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Master of Science in Applied Economics

Faculty working with Students: 28
Students: 6
Students receiving assistantships or scholarships: 0%
Priority deadline:
  • Fall January 10
Campus:
  • Pullman: Yes
Tests required:
  • GRE No minimum score required
  • 550 TOEFL Paper
  • 213 TOEFL Computer
  • 80 TOEFL Internet

Degree Description:

The M.S. in Applied Economics program provides strong foundations in economic theory, quantitative methods, applications, communication skills, and research analysis. Students can focus their studies in general economics, agribusiness, or agricultural and resource economics by carefully selecting supporting and elective courses. Students can earn an M.S. in Applied Economics to specifically prepare for positions in private corporations and government service as management specialists, policy analysts, forecasters or economic consultants. Two options are offered in the degree: thesis and non-thesis. This degree can be completed by well-prepared students in two years or less. View the graduate student manual for economic sciences.

Admission Requirements:

Statement of Purpose, 3 letters of recommendations, CV, GRE

Student Learning Outcomes:

All graduates will be able to:

  1.  Graduates will understand economic theory and quantitative methods at an advanced level:
    •  Advanced economic theory and quantitative methods will be well understood for applied economic analysis and empirical research in the field.
  2.  Graduates will be rigorously-trained in critical, integrative, and evaluative thinking:
    •  Graduates will be able to rigorously apply economic theory, quantitative methods, and institutional knowledge relating to the economic problem context to conduct  relevant analysis that facilitates the ability of consumers, agricultural and nonagricultural firms, and/or policy makers to make economically rational decisions.
    • Graduates will be capable of rigorous analysis and evaluation of broad economic and social problems concerning the allocation of individual, firm and social resources.
  3.  Graduates will have advanced communication skills:
    • Advanced written and oral communication skills are necessary for efficient and clear dissemination of the knowledge generated from rigorous economic analysis, as  well as for success in private and public sector careers in the various subfields of economics.
      Graduates will develop advanced communication skills through writing and presenting the content of class assignments and research papers written as  requirements in graduate courses, as well as in the writing and oral presentation of a Master’s project or thesis.

Student Opportunities:

A master’s degree in Applied Economics at Washington State University enhances graduates’ employment prospects and their chances to obtain significantly higher salaries than bachelor degree holders.  Public and private organizations are increasingly seeking to hire professionals who can understand and apply economic research.  Job opportunities include positions in banking, communication, government, insurance, investment, research, and trade, among others.

In addition, the master’s degree in Applied Economics at Washington State University serves as a preparation for pursuing a Ph.D. degree in Economics.

Career Opportunities:

Management Specialists, Policy Analysts, Forecasters, Economic Consultants

Career Placements:

Former students are placed at the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service and Economic Research Service, Cargill, World Bank, Insightful Corp, Grassbridge Recruiting, Insurance industry, among others.

See this list of student job placements.

Faculty Members:

Bai, Jinhui, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Macroeconomics, Political Economy, Theory

Batina, Raymond G, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair of graduate committee

Brady, Michael P, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair of graduate committee

Research Interests

Specialty crops
Water and irrigated agriculture
Modeling coupled human and environmental systems
Land use, value, and ownership

Cowan, Benjamin, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair of graduate committee

Espinola-Arredondo, Ana Fabiola, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair of graduate committee

Research Interests

Environmental Economics and Game Theory
Industrial Organization and Applied Microeconomics.

Fortenbery, Randy, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair of graduate committee

Research Interests

My research program currently focuses on agricultural price performance in local and national markets. It looks at impacts of new information on relative prices, as well as overall price levels. I also am engaged in studying the impact of futures price action on the stability of cash prices

Galinato, Gregmar, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Natural resource and environmental economics and issues in development economics.

Gallardo, Rosa Karina, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair of graduate committee

Research Interests

Agribusiness marketing, consumer demand, value-added food products .

Gibson, Mark, Ph.D.

Iles, Richard A, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Health Economics, Development Economics, Behavioral Economics

Jessup, Eric L, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Improving freight transportation efficiency across all modes and the spatial characteristics influencing facility location decisions for inter-modal truck/rail investments.

Kuzyk, Patricia, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Institutional Economics, Pedagogy.

Love, Alan, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair of graduate committee

Research Interests

Industrial Organization, Information Economics, Supply-Chains, and Applied Econometrics.

Mandal, Bidisha, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Health Economics, Health Care Policy, Economics of Gender

Marsh, Thomas Lloyd, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair of graduate committee

McCluskey, Jill J, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair of graduate committee

Research Interests

Product differentiation and market power in food industries, including product quality, food safety, and food labeling issues, environmental damage and land use issues.

McCracken, Vicki A, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair of graduate committee

Research Interests

Specialization in General Marketing and Price Analysis, Fruit Marketing, Consumption Analysis, Applied Econometrics.

Mittelhammer, R C, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair of graduate committee

Munoz-Garcia, Felix, Ph.D.

Research Interests

– Microeconomic Theory, Game Theory and Industrial Organization.
– Public and Environmental Economics.

Neibergs, Joseph Shannon, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair of graduate committee

Research Interests

Production economics of livestock industries, agribusiness and the commodity markets for livestock products.

Prera, Alejandro, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Environmental and natural resources economics, international and development economics.

Rosenman, Robert E, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair of graduate committee

Shumway, Richard, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Production economics, taxation

Tian, Can, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Macroeconomics, Business Cycles, Industry/Firm Dynamics, Production Network, Search and Matching Theory

Wandschneider, Philip, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Non-market valuation, water economics and policy, the economics of sustainable agriculture.

Yan, Jia, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Transportation Economics, Applied Microeconomics, and Applied Econometrics.

Yoder, Jonathan, Ph.D.

Contact Information:

Dr. Jill McCluskey
Washington State University
PO Box 646210
Pullman, WA 99164-6210
509-335-2835
509-335-1173
Jaimie Dahl
Hulbert 405
Pullman, WA
509-335-1426