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 gain the analytical skill to conceive and execute high‐level stories about the business sector.

Students learn about accounting, corporate finance, securities and portfolio 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; New York Times reporter Louise Story; and CNBC host Jim Cramer.


Student Work

Danile Flatley, MA Business '17, published his Master's thesis about the coal business in West Virginia soon after graduation. He's now covering regulation in Washington DC for Bloomberg.

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