Master's in Economics

While many economics programs focus strictly on mainstream theories and quantitative skills, our master's in economics program provides a bold alternative. Emphasizing conceptual understanding in addition to practical skills, we challenge you to explore new theories through heterodox economics.  With elective courses in fields such as developmental economics, economic policy (including health, environmental, and technology), income distribution and inequality, international economics, macroeconomics, and financial economics, you can study the specific economic and social policy issues that interest you.  Our recent graduates have gone on to launch careers in governmental agencies, policy research organizations, the business sector or within Denver's thriving startup and renewable energy sectors.


Why a Master's in Economics from DU?

DU's economics program is unique in its approach. Here are some of the ways we bring economics to life in the classroom:

  • binoculars


    We take a broader view of what the discipline is about than what's found in the average U.S. economics program.

  • globe


    We regard the economy as one element of a complex society, so we situate economic study at the center of multiple social factors.

  • calendar


    We present alternative perspectives on the historical and present-day relevance of our material.

  • book


    We encourage students not to take in received knowledge as the truth, but to examine it and question it.

  • List


    We emphasize written assignments and critical thinking in our assessment of student performance, in addition to the ability to conduct quantitative analysis.

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Bryce Jones, Economics MA '21

Economics Alumnus Helps Colorado’s Rural Economies

For Bryce Jones (MA ’21), traveling to scenic locations is just one of the benefits of his work as a rural data analyst with The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade.

Bryce Jones (MA ’21) meets with regional teams and also engages with residents as he collects and analyzes demographic, socio-economic and business development trends across Colorado’s 54 rural counties. Jones then transforms this data into critical information used to make larger structural decisions about how to allocate funding and other government resources to these communities.

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