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Applied Economics (MBA)

Applied Economics (MBA)
Applied Economics (MBA)

Bridge business forecasts and economic outlooks

Gain a deeper understanding of the fundamentals that govern economic activity. In the Applied Economics MBA program, you’ll study the forces that drive markets and the economics of the decision-making processes of businesses and consumers. You’ll get to hone your problem-solving abilities and have the option of two tracks for further specialization: Applied Microeconomics & Policy Analysis and The Economic Environment.

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Study in the center of Chicago’s business district

DePaul’s ties and proximity to companies in the finance industry, government and nonprofit sectors allow you to connect and gain real-world experience. You’ll find everything from Fortune 500 companies to startups within walking distance of our Loop Campus.

Application Deadlines

Enrollment Quarter Domestic Student Deadline International Student Deadline
Fall August 15 August 15
Winter December 1 October 1
Spring March 1 February 1
Summer June 1 April 1

Admission Requirements

Submit your application, essay, résumé, transcripts, and letters of recommendation.

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Required Courses

You'll take 11 MBA core courses, five electives plus three economics courses.

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of MBA graduates were employed, continuing their education or pursuing other goals within six months of graduation.


The median reported salary for MBA graduates was $86,000.

Train with experts who practice what they teach

You’ll learn from economists like Brian Phelan who are active in their fields and bring real-world experience into the classroom. Phelan is an assistant professor of economics as well as a research fellow for the Federal Reserve Bank. His teaching philosophy emphasizes the importance of intuition, real-world applications of economic ideas, honest discussions about the limitations of economic theory and hands-on practice with actual data.

Alumni Network

Join our diverse community of Applied Economics MBA degree alumni who are employed in fields such as manufacturing, communications, banking, insurance, retailing, finance, investing, transportation, utilities and consulting, and well as positions in various departments of federal, state and local governments.

Flexible formats to work with any lifestyle

Full-time Day MBA for early-career professionals or career changers. Classes offered during the day.
Evening MBA for established professionals in need of flexibility. Classes are in the evenings.


Graduate school is an investment in your future. Kellstadt awarded more than $3 million to incoming students last year. Learn more about scholarship opportunities available to you.

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Contact Information

For more information about applying, contact the Kellstadt office at (312) 362-8810 or

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