The B.A. in Economics program provides training in economic theories and their applications, preparing students to use economic tools to evaluate, understand, and address economic and societal problems.

What courses will you take?

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Our students follow a well-rounded curriculum that begins with introductory courses on the principles of economics. In upper division courses, you will apply those principles to decision-making problems faced by families, firms, and government agencies in a global market-based economy.

Students in the UMass Lowell economics major develop a comprehensive understanding of the conceptual and analytical tools needed to make sense of real-world events, as well as the technical abilities needed to be successful in a wide range of career paths and graduate studies.

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    1. Identify the role of demand and supply in a market economy in allocating resources and generating the distribution of incomes to factors of production.
    2. Articulate the advantages of a market system and the role of prices in achieving allocational and productive efficiency.
    3. Identify the sources and consequences of “market failure.”
    4. Critically evaluate controversies about the appropriate scope of, and approaches to, government regulation in conditions of market failure.
    5. Critically evaluate controversies from an economic efficiency and distributional equity perspective over the use of government tax and transfer policies to redistribute income 
    6. Critically evaluate controversies over attempts to use fiscal policy and/or central bank monetary policy to maintain aggregate growth consistent with full employment and inflation stability. 
    7. Show competencies in interpreting economic data, critically evaluating empirical claims in economics and drawing appropriate inferences from economic studies.
    8. Effectively demonstrate their ability to apply economic theory to the framing and analysis of economic problems using graphs, algebra, and quantitative statistical methods.
    9. Demonstrate knowledge of relevant historic data and empirical findings in at least one of the content areas listed in outcomes 4-6.

Why study economics at UMass Lowell?

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Expert Faculty

Our economics faculty are actively involved in research and scholarship, value highly their role as instructors and bring real-world experience into the classroom from such prior roles as investment bankers, program directors at research institutions and advisors at the Federal Reserve Board.

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Extracurricular Activities

Put your learning into practice. Check out some of the fun ways UML students come together.

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Experiential Learning

Build career-ready skills through experiences outside the classroom, including:

  • Research in a faculty laboratory 
  • Co-ops and internships 
  • Paid work on campus 
  • Service learning 
  • Study abroad
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Bachelor’s-to-Master's Program

Get on the fast track to an advanced degree with our combined Bachelor's-to-Master's program.

  • Available to juniors and seniors with a grade point average of 3.0 or better
  • Offers a continuous, coordinated sequence of courses
  • Reduced credit-hour requirements can save you time and money

What can you do with a degree in economics?

Graduates from UMass Lowell's economics program are prepared to enter many fields in both public and private sectors, including consulting, finance, government, not-for-profits, law, medicine, academia and research institutions.

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Alumni of our program have worked at:

  • Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • Brown University
  • Fidelity Investments
  • International Monetary Fund
  • Massachusetts Department of Revenue
  • National Grid
  • Putnam Investments
  • Sun Life Financial
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • University of Rhode Island