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Business Economics


Business economics is the study of how firms compete in the market. Sometimes this program is called applied economics or managerial economics.

In business economics programs students learn how wages and prices are set. They also learn to apply economic models to study business problems.

Business economics programs usually include topics such as:


Many colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in business economics. These programs may be in business or economics departments. Some schools offer interdisciplinary bachelor's degrees in business economics. Interdisciplinary programs combine courses from several college departments. A bachelor's degree typically takes about four years of full-time study.

Many universities offer graduate degrees in business economics. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Graduate Admissions

Admission to graduate programs is competitive. You need a bachelor's degree, good grades, and good test scores.

Additional requirements at some schools include:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

The undergraduate program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

Graduate Program Courses

The graduate program typically includes the following:

Things to Know

With a bachelor's degree, you are rarely qualified to work as an economist. You may, however, be qualified to work as a research assistant.

Business courses in high school can be useful preparation for a career in business economics. However, your high school transcript needs to show that you are preparing for a demanding college-level program, especially in math.


East Side Area

Washington State University - Pullman

King-Snohomish Area

Seattle Pacific University

Seattle University

Kitsap Area

Olympic College

Spokane Area

Eastern Washington University (Spokane Campus)

Statewide and Distance Learning

Washington State University - Global Campus

Tacoma Area

Evergreen State College, The (Tacoma Campus)

Pacific Lutheran University

West Side Area

Evergreen State College, The

Peninsula College

Saint Martin's University