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Graduate Programs

A two-year M.A. and M.S. in Applied Economics at Illinois State University provides a comprehensive foundation in microeconomics, macroeconomics, and econometrics, along with the ability to tailor your experience by choosing specialized field courses aligned with your interests. Under the mentorship of a faculty member, graduate students engage in data analysis, culminating in a compelling academic research paper (non-thesis capstone or thesis).

This comprehensive program leads to successful, well-paying careers and/or doctoral studies. Here are some examples of recent placements: 

Employment   Doctoral Studies 
Deloitte   University of California, Davis
Microsoft   Pennsylvania State University
Facebook   University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Federal Reserve Board   Michigan State University
U.S. Department of Labor   Rutgers Business School


Graduate Sequences

Resources For You

  • Funding

    Financial support, valuable experiences, and networking opportunities.

  • Awards and Scholarships

    Several opportunities to graduate students based on academic performance and financial need.

  • Useful Info

    Forms, important links are other resources that provide access to various services and information.

  • Student Profiles

    Meet the students who are making significant contributions to the Economics Programs.

Frequently Asked Questions - Admissions

Read the most common questions students have about admissions processes and find answers to help guide you through the application process.

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