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Economics and Policy Analysis (MS)

The Master of Science in Economics and Poli​cy Analysis​​ program focuses on economic theory as it applies to real-world business and policy decision-making.  The curriculum emphasizes research.  Students work closely with faculty members on research projects that enhance students' abilities to collect, analyze and interpret data, as well as writing and presentation skills. Students who meet certain criteria are eligible to participate in 12- to 16-week, full-time research fellowships, which may be completed at government agencies, public policy institutes, nonprofits or other organizations in Chicago, Washington, D.C. or another city. 


Through the MS in Economics and Policy Analysis program, you will develop skills and knowledge in:

  • Applied economic theory.
  • The relationship between economics and politics.
  • Conducting econometric research.
  • Demonstrating research findings through written analyses for audiences that include business professionals, economists, policymakers and the public.

​​Career Outlook

This degree prepares students to pursue careers in government relations, business development and consulting, and non-profit advocacy, as well as positions in federal and state governmental agencies, trade associations and lobbying firms.

STEM Designation

DePaul’s Master of Science in Economics and Policy Analysis is a Department of Homeland Security STEM-designated program.  STEM designation is granted to programs that produce graduates educated in science, technology, engineering and/or math who help support U.S. economic competitiveness and growth. International students who earn degrees from STEM-designated programs can qualify to extend their post-graduation stay in the United States for Optional Practical Training (OPT).  OPT provides an opportunity for international students to develop their careers while also helping meet the demand for STEM-educated professionals in the U.S. workforce. To find out more, contact the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at or (312) 362-8810.​​​​​

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