Program Overview

The MA-APEC program is divided in two parts. The first part, corresponding to the fall term, consists of a set of four core courses – Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Econometrics, and Data Analysis. These courses provide students with a solid grasp of the key models employed in Economics and equips them with the main tools for econometric investigation and data analysis. After completing these core courses, students will understand in depth the empirical analyses pertinent to the discussion of economic issues and will have the skills needed to undertake original research projects and their own data analyses.

In the second part of the program, corresponding to the spring and summer terms, students focus on the application of economic analysis to a range of contemporary economic problems. These applications are the subject of a set of elective courses that span the main areas of economics.  The choice of electives will depend on the particular academic track a student selects: Standard (the default), Computational Economics, or Financial Economics.

The electives use relatively advanced textbooks, articles published in professional journals and recent working papers. Readings generally cover both theoretical and empirical results and range from classic contributions to work closer to the frontiers of economics. In addition to assigned homework and exams, students typically write papers, give presentations, and are often required to conduct empirical work as a component of their course assignments.

A distinguishing feature of the MA-APEC program is the involvement of Georgetown senior faculty in the teaching of the core courses. Our faculty consists of leading scholars in their respective field. The program also draws on the large community of economists in the Washington, DC area to act as instructors of the specialized classes. The unique combination of academics and practitioners who participate as instructors in the program provides a high intellectual return for the students.

I was really fortunate to be part of the MA-APEC program where I met so many young professionals and respected scholars from across the country. Academically, this program provided me with solid analytical skills and knowledge. It has been very helpful for my career.

Wenbang Zhu, class of 2017