Program at a glance

How much does it cost? 

Learn more about how to afford a degree from the University of Nevada, Reno.

How long does it take?

This 120-credit program is designed to be completed in four years.

Who can apply? 

Open to all undergraduate students. Applicants must have a high-school diploma or GED.

What will I learn in an economics degree program?

The economics major offered at the College is designed to prepare students for positions as economic and statistical analysts in business, government and nonprofit organizations, and for the teaching profession. In addition, it provides a strong foundation for graduate study and research in the fields of economics, business, public policy and law.

Learning outcomes

With a bachelor's degree in economics, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate mastery of fundamental business knowledge and practices.
  • Possess analytical and critical thinking skills.
  • Effectively communicate within a business environment.
  • Use information technology to support business analysis and operations.
  • Recognize, evaluate and resolve ethical issues, both personally and organizationally.
  • Develop a global business perspective and will have the knowledge and skills to conduct business internationally.

Learn more about the Economics Department

Meet the faculty, discover research on a variety of economic topics, see schedules for upcoming Seminar Series and Brown Bags, and learn more about Economics degree programs offered by the College of Business at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Specializations in the economics program

  • Economics minor

    The Department of Economics at the University of Nevada, Reno offers an economics minor to help students advance their knowledge of economic concepts and apply their knowledge to real-world scenarios. It is designed to prepare students for positions as economic and statistical analysts in business, government and nonprofit organizations, and for the teaching profession. 

  • Economic policy minor

    This 18-credit minor is designed for students who seek tailored economics training to complement their majors. The student must gain approval for this minor from an advisor in the Department of Economics, and must file an “Economics Policy Minor Program of Study” with the department. This form will list the upper division courses that the advisor approves.

  • Economics, M.A.

    The Economics department at the College of Business offers a Master of Arts in Economics degree program for students interested in furthering their understanding of economic principles and applications.

    The mission of the University of Nevada, Reno’s Master of Arts program in Economics is to provide advanced training in economics, to prepare students to be economic analysts in either the public or private sector in fields such as regional economics, data analytics, health care, or similar fields. The Master of Arts program provides the flexibility for students to choose a more policy-oriented or applied approach by allowing more electives than the MS. The MA degree in Economics has two options, a research-based Thesis Masters (Plan A), and a non-Thesis Masters (Plan B).

    Learn more about the M.A. in Economics program

  • Economics, M.S.

    The Economics department at the College of Business offers a Master of Science in Economics degree program for students interested in furthering their understanding of economic principles and applications.

    Learn more about the M.S. in Economics program

  • Economics, Ph.D.

    The Ph.D. in Economics program provides comprehensive training in theoretical and empirical economics, as well as fields chosen by the student. The primary goal is to equip students with analytical and quantitative skills to conduct independent economic research. Individuals with strong research skills are sought by public and private employers in a number of different types of businesses, as well as by other academic institutions.

    Learn more about the Ph.D. in Economics program

Careers with a degree in economics

You can afford the University of Nevada, Reno

46% of undergraduate students receive financial aid

Almost everyone is eligible to receive financial aid. If you think your family’s income is too high to qualify for financial aid, you might be surprised.

50%+ of all students graduate with no debt

That's right. More than half of our students leave the University of Nevada, Reno with no student debt.

The strength of the college is its people.

At the College of Business we provide premier business education, preparing students to become competitive, ethical and innovative business professionals to drive economic development and improve quality of life for all.

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