Economics and Finance at SIUE
The graduate program in economics and finance in SIUE's School of Business offers a unique setup. Students earn a master’s degree in economics and finance, with the option to pursue an emphasis in either applied economics or finance. Our program is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) through the School of Business and boasts a student to faculty ratio of two to one. Most classes meet one evening per week, in small class settings ensuring regular interaction with faculty members.
At SIUE, the graduate economics and finance program focuses on skill-building projects based on SAS and other software used extensively in the financial industry. Courses offered also build a solid foundation for professional certificates such as the SAS Programmer Certificate. Special emphasis is placed on the analytical skills required for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.
Degrees Available at SIUE
- Master of Arts or Master of Science in Economics and Finance
Students wishing to further their education and earn a PhD, DBA, professional degree, or to pursue a career in teaching at the community college level, should pursue the master of arts (MA) program. The curriculum in the MA program also provides a solid foundation for students interested in attending law school, especially those choosing to specialize in tax, antitrust, corporate (mergers and acquisitions), or securities law specialties.
The master of science (MS) program is designed for students interested in pursuing a professional career in the financial industry or government upon graduation. The flexibility of the MS program enables students to acquire the skills required to work at a variety of firms, such as commercial and investment banks, brokerage houses, mutual funds, life and health insurance companies, real-estate investment trusts, pension funds and corporate finance departments of non-financial firms. Graduates of the MS program at SIUE receive training that is beneficial for students employed as business or governmental economists. Graduates will also find they are well-prepared for many positions within governmental agencies, particularly in offices addressing budget, revenue and debt management, forecasting, economic development and regulatory issues.