M.A., Business & Economics Concentration

Extract meaning from balance sheets and quarterly reports.

Steep yourself in business and economics, all in the context of current events.

What You'll Study

M.A. students in the Business concentration master the three attributes of excellent economics reporting: a firm grasp of basic economic theory and institutions; hands‐on knowledge of data for measuring economic performance and assessing the validity of economic arguments; and the ability to find and report compelling stories. 

They also learn to conceive and execute high-level stories about the business sector. Students dive into accounting, corporate finance and securities and management, while staying firmly rooted in the journalistic process. We teach simple, fast and effective ways to break down complicated problems, locate relevant data and compensate for inherent biases.

Recent guest lecturers have included economists Bruce Greenwald and Ed McKelvey; Disney chief operating officer Thomas Staggs; and CNBC host Jim Cramer. 

Student Work

Shortly after graduation, Daniel Flatley, '17 M.A. Business, published his Master's Thesis about the coal business in West Virginia soon after graduation. He's now covering regulation in Washington, D.C. for Bloomberg.

An American Bankruptcy


Winnie O’Kelley

Professor of Business Journalism, M.A. Business & Economics Concentration Lead

Alumni Work

After graduating from the M.A. Business & Economics program, Antoine Gara ’11 went to work for The Street. He now covers investing and finance for Forbes, where he profiles investors and analyzes a changing Wall Street.

After more than five years of writing for The Wall Street Journal's "Heard on the Street" column, Miriam Gottfried, '09 M.A. Business, is now covering private equity for the Journal. In July, she wrote a front-page profile of Robert Smith and his firm Vista Equity Partners' unconventional approach to private equity.