Economics Undergraduate Program

Why major in economics at Missouri State?

  • You'll be well prepared for jobs in banking, insurance, the corporate sector and the federal government and for graduate study in economics and business.
  • You'll benefit from rigorous curriculum, which helps economics majors perform well on graduate school admission exams like the GRE, the GMAT and the LSAT.
  • You'll enjoy many opportunities to get involved with the university, which will both further your education and build relationships with faculty and fellow students.
  • You'll have options to tailor your curriculum to your educational and professional goals.
  • All classes in the economics department are taught by full-time faculty members, and we're dedicated to helping you make the most of your education.

Careers and outcomes

Economics majors who wish to pursue careers in business, public administration or government, or wish to attend graduate school or law school will find that a degree in economics has much to offer.

Business careers

Businesses of all sizes use economists for forecasting, strategic planning and data analysis. Many business economists have careers in manufacturing, banking, financial services and investments.

Public administration/Government careers

From the Federal Trade Commission to the Food and Drug Administration, economists are employed by virtually every federal agency. Economists also find employment with state and local governments.

Graduate school opportunities

Economics majors interested in teaching or conducting research will usually be required to pursue a master’s degree to teach in community colleges and a doctorate to teach in four-year schools. Research opportunities exist in consulting firms, federal government agencies and international organizations. Successful research is generally a prerequisite for being granted tenure at a university.

Law school opportunities

Many lawyers spend time performing economic analyses in their cases, determining the losses and damages involved in certain cases. Consequently, economics is a popular choice for pre-law students. In addition, average LSAT scores for economics graduates are consistently among the highest for all disciplines.