M.A. Economic Policy Analysis, Ph.D. Public Policy
The program places special emphasis on the tools of data analysis commonly used by economists. In today's economy, professionals in government and business have access to massive amounts of information and data. To use this information to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of government policies and business projects, professionals must know how to organize and analyze it. The Economic Policy Analysis curriculum provides up-to-date techniques to draw practical lessons from data to contribute to the effective implementation of policy. The course of study combines a multi-disciplinary approach to policy analysis with focused study on the use of economic tools to analyze policy issues. The core economic courses present the tools commonly used by economists, including economic modeling, econometrics, cost-benefit analysis, and forecasting. The interdisciplinary nature of the program provides students with a broad perspective on policy formulation along with focused training in economic analysis and the use of quantitative tools.
UMBC is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.