Southern New Hampshire University Launches Online Master’s in Applied Economics

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One of today’s most relevant degrees features environmental economics track.

A top-tier economist with a specialized graduate degree in Economics is an asset to any management team, consultancy or government agency.

Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU), a private, non-profit New England-based institution with an 80-year history of educating successful professionals, announces a new fully online master’s program in Applied Economics, with a concentration in Natural Resources and Environmental Economics.

Offered through SNHU’s College of Online and Continuing Education, this new 36-credit graduate-level program prepares the economist-to-be to explore how science, sociology, history, philosophy and mathematics come together to forecast business-critical decisions that propel business and organizations effectively forward. The degree is aimed to prepare students to emerge as expert decision makers and masters in the art of drawing sound conclusions based on data and applied economic theories.

Those drawn to environmental issues may concentrate in Natural Resources and Environmental Economics, tailor made for industries or organizations that deal with the economic impact of environmental policies, climate change and natural resource allocation.

“Our global economy is in a constant state of flux. Organizations live and die by where it’s going next,” said Bruce Stetar, executive director of Graduate Business Programs. “A top-tier economist with a specialized graduate degree in Economics is an asset to any management team, consultancy or government agency. The job opportunities are endless.”

A master’s in Applied Economics will help professionals seeking to advance careers in banking, real estate, marketing, data management, budgeting, sales and academia. Government economists apply these highly specialized skills in agriculture, business, finance, labor, transportation, utilities, urban economics and international trade. There are also many non-profits, international assistance agencies and think tanks whose decision-making heavily relies on an economist’s point of view.

Projected national job growth for economists ranges from 6 percent to 29 percent, while the average annual salary in 2012, according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, was $91,860. Those with master’s degrees or PhDs typically command higher salaries.

“Our focus at SNHU is to produce extraordinary thinkers — thought leaders — within every discipline," said Scott Durand, vice president of Graduate Marketing and Student Recruitment. "Our master’s in Applied Economics is the latest means to that end. SNHU graduates will enter the workforce ready to solve life-changing economic problems that will change the world in very practical ways.”

Benefits of the SNHU MS in Applied Economics include:

  •     The ability to learn at your own pace through programs offered fully online
  •     The chance to stand out among job applicants and garner higher salaries
  •     A highly affordable, quality program focused on student success and readiness for in-demand and highly specialized jobs
  •     Choose part-time or full-time track and graduate in as few as 18 months with two courses per term
  •     The opportunity to learn from real-world expert faculty members, from across a broad range of industry sectors, including small and global businesses, governement agencies, non-profits, and more

Enrollment begins immediately. The next term begins March 31, 2014. To learn more, visit


About Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU)

Southern New Hampshire University is a not-for-profit, regionally accredited university with an 80-year history of educating successful professionals. SNHU has a total enrollment of 34,000 students in more than 180 undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs, available online, at our main campus in Manchester, NH, and at our regional centers in New Hampshire and Maine.

Southern New Hampshire University has been recognized with “Best of Business” awards for best online degree programs and was ranked 12th on Fast Company’s 2012 list of The World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies. SNHU was the only university to earn this distinction.

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