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Master's Degree Comparison Guide



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What's in the Guide?

Economics is a fascinating and complex field. With the right education and qualifications, it can lead to a fulfilling (and lucrative) career. So, what does it take to become a successful economist? 

A degree in economics is the most obvious place to start, but it’s not the only option. Depending on your skills, background and career goals, choosing the right degree might be more challenging than you’d expect. 

In this guide, we’ll provide you with an overview of the various master’s degree options in economics and related fields, as well as the different career paths for which each degree will prepare you.


  1. Is an Economics Degree Worth It? 

  2. Comparison Charts: Graduate Degrees in Economics

  3. Comparison Charts: Economics vs. Alternative Degrees
  4. Choosing Your Master’s Degree in Economics at SMU

  5. Where Do SMU Economics Graduates Work

  6. Become an Economist with a Master’s Degree from SMU

Plus — a list of employers who have hired SMU graduates with a master's in economics.

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Before we send it...

A master's degree isn't the only way to become an economist.
Explore our guide to the PhD in Economics to learn more. 

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