Graduate Program Economics

a group of Portland State University economics students studying in Urban Plaza

Economics Master's Degree Overview

The Economics Master of Arts and Master of Science degree programs prepares students with training in modern economic theory and data analysis. The program has a strong focus on econometrics and data analysis which is a highly sought-after skill and gives graduates a competitive edge in the job market.

Our students are motivated by the analytical foundations for economics. Our program helps them apply rigorous quantitative methods to policy-relevant questions, inform policymakers, and design policies. It also helps them to understand:

  • Global development
  • Global inequality
  • Global warming mitigation

The Masters in Economics provides internship opportunities with local businesses and non-profit organizations. Students have interned at:

  • Northwest Economics Research Center (NERC)
  • PGE
  • Energy Trust of Oregon
  • Cadmus Groups
  • Bonneville Power Administration
  • Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance

Our students are in small cohorts. This develops into very tight bonds within the cohort which creates their first professional network. Students will study together, learn together, and carry their relationships well into their post-PSU lives.

Come explore the Masters in Economics program degree.

Degree Details

  • M
    On campus
    Total Credits
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    Any, Fall is preferred

Economics Master's Degree: Why PSU?

In the Masters of Economics, we are committed to training our students in modern economic theory and data analysis. Our faculty are deeply involved in research and bring this enthusiasm into the classroom.

We are proud to be one of the few Masters programs to be STEM certified. We have contacts in the public and private sectors where our graduates can do an internship, increasing their skill level, their marketability, and their professional networks.

Unlike most Economics Master's programs, we provide competitive graduate assistantships to a significant number of our Masters's students. This is unusual for a terminal degree.

Students have opportunities to do research and policy analysis by working with PSU's own Northwest Economic Research Center. Students can also work with faculty members in the department in their research and areas of specialization.

What can I do with a master's degree in Economics?

Our alumni are split into two groups after graduation. One group who are motivated by economic theory go on for a Ph.D. and generally get financial aid. They have been accepted at universities such as:

  • Michigan State University
  • University of Washington
  • Texas A&M University
  • University of Arizona
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • University of Pittsburgh

Other alumni immediately begin to work in industry, consulting and state government using their data analysis skills. Alumni are located in Oregon and all over the country at places like:

  • Adidas
  • Bonneville Power Administration
  • City of Portland
  • comScore
  • M Science
  • Multnomah County
  • NERC
  • Oregon Department of Justice
  • Oregon Secretary of State
  • Providence Health
  • Tenaron Capital
  • The Cadmus Group
  • Utilities; Pacific Corp, Northwest Natural, PGE and Seattle City Light
  • US Bank

Alumni who go straight into the workforce are typically paid between $65,000 and $80,000.

Featured Courses

  • EC 570 Econometrics
  • EC 571 Advanced Econometrics
  • EC 575 Applied Advanced Econometrics
  • EC 576 Implementing Econometrics using Stata and R
  • EC 580 Mathematical Economics
  • EC 581 Advanced Microeconomics
  • EC 584 Applications of Advanced Microeconomic Theory
  • EC 590 Advanced Macroeconomics
  • EC 592 Applications of Advanced Macroeconomic Theory
  • EC 596 Research Project 1
  • EC 597 Research Project 2


  • EC 572 Time Series Analysis and Forecasts
  • EC 522 Economics of Sustainability: Theory and Practice
  • EC 527 Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • EC 530 Resource and Environmental Economics
  • EC 525 Economics of Industrial Organization
  • EC 565 Labor Economics



Portland State University is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).