Small but heavily populated New Jersey is nicknamed the “Garden State.” Its prime location on the Atlantic Coast and its proximity to New York City have made the state a crucial transportation corridor, a major industrial center and an important financial hub. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that in 2009 the finance and insurance industries contributed $18.5 billion in New Jersey wages and $43.9 billion to the state’s gross domestic product. New Jersey has more than 20 universities/colleges that have graduate departments in economics, including some of the oldest and most prestigious schools in the country.
On-campus Graduate Degrees in Economics
An advantage of earning an on-site university degree is being enmeshed in an intellectually stimulating environment. In addition, many schools have placement centers that help graduates find jobs in their field as well as economics alumni associations that are a valuable source of both social and professional networking. Degrees obtainable on New Jersey campuses include:
- Master of Arts in Economics
- Master of Arts in Applied Economics
- MBA in Finance
- MBA in International Business Economics
The curriculum for a master of arts in economics teaches students to understand and utilize the analytical insights of macroeconomics, microeconomics and econometrics while providing them with the ability to do independent research on economic issues and think clearly and critically about economic questions. A master’s degree in applied economics stresses practical problem solving and training in the collection and analysis of data.
Online Graduate Degrees in Economics
New Jersey students whose work or personal life require the flexibility of online learning can earn any of the following degrees online:
- Master of Science in Economics or Applied Economics
- MBA in Business Economics
- Master’s in International Economics/Economic Policy
- Master’s in Economic Development