Why earn your master's in economics?

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Oct. 15* | Dec. 1
March 15* | May 1

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UND’s master's in Applied Economics & Predictive Analytics is geared toward students who are looking to capitalize on the university’s strong culture of data analysis and research. Many of our students go into fields like economic research and forecasting. As part of the curriculum, you'll start with a foundation in econometrics and statistical analysis, utilizing industry standard software such as STATA, and programming languages like R and Python. This foundation of hard skills will allow you to produce quality research right away. In fact, you will complete an independent study under the supervision of a faculty advisor during your graduate studies.

In this program, you will be taught to apply techniques in data analytics, informed by economic theory, to a range of data design structures, such as time series data, cross-sectional data, panel and longitudinal data, quasi-experimental data, and also be exposed to machine learning approaches, such as classification and regression trees, clustering methods, model averaging approaches and more — all skills critical to landing a career in private industry or government.

The flexible master's degree program is built to fit your schedule. You can attend classes in person or participate in classes online as they happen. This allows you to interact with others in real time or stream video of classes at a later date.

Applied Economics Graduate Certificate

Graduate students who want to obtain a strong foundation in theoretical economics and business data analytics can apply for UND's flexible and affordable graduate certificate, available on-campus and online.

Applied Economics Maters's at UND

  • Online students pay in-state tuition regardless of where you live. UND offers 13% lower tuition and fees than comparable institutions in the region.

  • Get a solid foundation by taking courses in Economics and Predictive Analytics, and gain experience working with real-world programs and languages such as STATA, R and Python.

  • Students and recent grads are eligible for department grants to cover the costs of conferences and research materials.

  • Many students have a chance to conduct research through the Bureau of Business and Economic Research.

  • This is a STEM-designated program, meaning that students in the program may be eligible to apply for the North Dakota University System STEM Loan Forgiveness Program.

Applied Economics Careers


Median annual salary for market research analysts

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Market Research Analyst


Expected employment growth for market research analysts and marketing specialists by 2028, much faster than average for all occupations

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Market Research Analysts

Data analysts gather data, organize it and use it to write research and present meaningful conclusions. The type of work varies by the type of data being used, everything from sales to social media to inventory. A master's degree in Applied Economics & Predictive Analytics puts you in position to launch a career in:

  • Economic Development
  • Strategic Planning
  • Consulting
  • Financial and Business Analysis
  • Applied Research

Applied Economics & Predictive Analytics alumni have gone on to a variety of successful careers with:

  • U.S. Bancorp
  • UnitedHealth Group, Inc.
  • Vaco, LLC
  • Affiliated Computer Services, Inc.
  • Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.

Applied Economics Graduate Course Options

Top Masters's in Economics Program in the Nation

Numerous ranking agencies place UND's Applied Economics program in the Top 5 nationally. We are highly regarded for educational quality, affordability and career outcomes.

Year-after-year, U.S. News recognizes UND graduate programs. It points out our online graduate business programs at UND are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the gold standard of business school accreditation. 

Earn Your Master's in Economics at UND

Meet Applied Economics student Jessi Jenson and learn about her passion for research in the industry.