Programs in Economics and Statistics College of Arts and Sciences American University

Programs in Economics and Statistics College of Arts and Sciences American University

Washington, DC
student ratio
Not Reported
total students
Tuition Cost $45,780
average amount to complete degree
February 1
fall application deadline
Not Reported
acceptance rate
2 Degrees Offered
degrees offered


Economics and Statistics Master's Programs

Economic analysis and statistical research often go hand in hand. Both fields are involved with the collection, processing, compilation, dissemination, and analysis of data. Research findings frequently impact daily life and well-being.

American University (AU) is training the next generation of economists, data analysts, statisticians, and leading research specialists. The College of Arts and Sciences offers a master of arts (MA) degree in economics and a master of science (MS) degree in statistics.

Master of Arts (MA) in Economics

The Department of Economics offers a master's in economics with distinct tracks - general, applied economics, gender economics, development, and financial economic policy - and a master's in international economics, which combines the best that the School of International Service and the Department of Economics have to offer. The master's in economics with an applied economics specialization is offered entirely online.

Each degree provides students with access to a policy-oriented curriculum. The coursework in theory, policy, and research methods are designed to prepare students for careers in government agencies, industry associations, financial institutions, and other organizations. During their course of study, students learn how to use the state-of-the-art statistical software commonly used in applied economics research and policy analysis.

Our location in Washington, DC - the premiere epicenter of policy and practice - positions students for long-term success in the both the private and public sectors. Recent graduates hold positions at the Department of Treasury, the Department of Justice, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. Census Bureau, the World Bank, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, Phillip Morris, and Concentric Energy Advisors, amongst other firms and institutions.

Master of Science (MS) in Statistics

The statistics master's degree program trains students in the development, research, and analysis of quantitative tools with a goal to turn ideas into intelligent, informed actions. The statistics MS offers course electives for students who intend to pursue a PhD in statistics or who want to pursue a terminal professional master's degree.

Students take core courses in regression, data analysis, statistical software, mathematical statistics, generalized linear models, and additional courses in statistical theory, methods, and applications. Faculty research areas range from the development of statistical methods for evolutionary biology and environmental science, biostatistics, computational statistics, statistics of genocide, sequential analysis, and many others areas of specialization.

AU's programs are highly analytical and give students the training and skills needed to effectively analyze problems in their professional careers. Alumni have held positions at Deloitte Consulting LLP, Freddie Mac, Geico, MedStar Health, the National Institutes of Health, Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC), RTI International, and the Walt Disney World Company.

Faculty Mentorship

Faculty members at American University are leading experts in their fields. They regularly present at national and international conferences, publish in top journals in their discipline, receive external research funding, and are often featured in the media. Students benefit from small class sizes and faculty mentorship throughout the program.

Learn From Experience

Opportunities for learning extend beyond the classroom. Research and experiential learning are a key component of the College of Arts and Sciences graduate student experience. AU offers access to Washington's unparalleled resources: world-class research institutions and renowned associations and government agencies.

Faculty members' connections are helpful for networking and landing internships at prestigious organizations including the Department of Treasury, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau, Environmental Protection Agency, Food and Drug Administration, Department of Homeland Security, National Institutes of Health, and the National Science Foundation.

Students are highly encouraged to conduct research on campus or at a DC based organization, and also gain practical field experience through an internship. Studying in the Washington, DC, area provides access to think tanks, multilateral organizations, and research institutions that are actively affecting policy decisions. Students experience a vibrant culture of faculty and student engagement, all while living and working among the most powerful policy makers and analysts in the world.

Degree Flexibility

AU's master's programs offer degree flexibility for the working professional. Applications are accepted year round and students can earn a master's degree in two years. Many classes are held in the evening and students have the option to take classes on a full-or part-time basis. The application deadline to be considered for merit funding is February 1 for the statistics MS and March 1 for the economics MA.

Why American University

A global outlook, practical idealism, and a passion for public service define American University. AU's academic strengths are grounded in social responsibility and a commitment to cultural and intellectual diversity.

The university is highly interdisciplinary. Faculty and students from different AU schools and departments often collaborate to conduct research.

AU students are passionate, focused, and engaged. Connections that are made in the classroom result in a strong alumni network.

Location & Contact

Programs in Economics and Statistics

College of Arts and Sciences
American University

Washington, DC

Degrees & Awards

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Economics Master's
    • Statistics Master's
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Not reported
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Not reported
    • Distance learning programs available? Not reported
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & Fees$45,780
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableNot Reported


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