Graduate Catalog

2007-08 Academic Year

Institute of Applied Economics

Bernard L. Weinstein, Director

Graduate Faculty: Clower, McKee, Weinstein.

The Institute of Applied Economics offers an interdisciplinary professional program leading to the following degree:

Faculty from the institute also participate in a program leading to the master’s degree with a major in interdisciplinary studies administered by the School of Graduate Studies. For further information about the interdisciplinary studies program, consult the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies section of this catalog. Students may also pursue a professional certificate in alternative dispute resolution.


Institute of Applied Economics faculty pursue a wide range of research interests, including labor relations, labor market information, local and regional economic analysis, state and local fiscal and regulatory policy, energy policy, conflict resolution and economic development. Faculty publications have appeared both in professional journals, such as Business Insights, Arbitration Journal, Policy Review, Economic Development Quarterly, Economic Development Commentary, Society and Challenge, and in the editorial and financial pages of the nation’s leading news journals, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Los Angeles Times. Faculty members also have published numerous books and monographs on economic and regional development topics.

The Institute of Applied Economics is closely affiliated with the University Center for Economic Development and Research, which provides economic and public policy consulting services to organizations in the private, nonprofit and public sectors. Projects conducted by the center offer students of the Institute of Applied Economics both professional development and career opportunities. Clients of the Center for Economic Development and Research have included a range of state government agencies, Fortune 500 companies, foundations and communities across North Texas.

Admission Requirements

The general criteria governing acceptance to the institute’s graduate program are the same as those governing admission to UNT’s School of Graduate Studies. While consideration is given to all aspects of an individual’s record in determining acceptability for admission, major emphasis is placed on the student’s grade point average for approximately the last 60 hours of undergraduate work and on scores on the GRE or the GMAT.

An application, official transcripts and test scores should be submitted to the School of Graduate Studies. All other official credentials should be submitted to the associate director of the institute. See department web site or student guidelines for details.

Degree Program

Master of Science with a Major in Applied Economics

The major objective of this program is to prepare recent graduates and practitioners for careers in business and industry, government, and the nonprofit sector with a grounding in applied economics, related disciplines and research methods. The master’s program in applied economics is an interdisciplinary effort that, depending upon the candidate’s field of concentration, may involve courses in accounting, finance, geography, marketing, political science, public administration, real estate and sociology, in addition to a solid core of economics and applied economics courses. Students interested in economic education or labor and industrial relations should consult the Economics section of this catalog or an adviser in the Department of Economics.

The program requires satisfactory completion of a minimum of 36 hours of study and research beyond the bachelor’s degree, which includes 6 hours of directed research leading to a master’s thesis or problem in lieu of thesis. Candidates for graduate degrees must also pass a comprehensive examination. Further details are available in the student guidelines available from the department. Consult the institute director or associate director for core curriculum requirements and suggested electives. Prospective students are eligible for scholarships of up to $3,000 for the academic year. Limited numbers of graduate research assistantships are also available in conjunction with funded research projects.

Courses of Instruction

All Courses of Instruction are located in one section at the back of this catalog.

Course and Subject Guide

The “Course and Subject Guide,” found in the Courses of Instruction section of this book, serves as a table of contents and provides quick access to subject areas and prefixes.

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