Economics Degrees (Bachelor and Masters)

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Online degrees in economics are available from some of Australia’s top distance education universities.

You can study for a bachelor or masters degree in economics without setting foot on campus. Studying online – from home or work – is the convenient way to earn an economics qualification.

Training in economics will strengthen the way you think.

  • Students learn principles and theories that can be applied to a wide range of problems.
  • You develop skills in analysis, modelling and report writing.

Online economics courses prepare students for careers in business and government. Graduates work as economists, business analysts and managers.

Understanding economic models takes hard work and often some math, which can be abstract and unpleasant. This is precisely why an economics education is valuable. Life requires the ability to balance different narratives, determine what assumptions matter, and build knowledge. Good problem solving requires skill, expertise, discipline, openness to different viewpoints, and sometimes a little discomfort.

~ Quartz

Study Economics Online

Studying online is an effective way to gain knowledge and skills in the field of economics.

  • Economists are trained to conceptualise how value is created.
  • Economists understand the market forces that drive economic activity and development.
  • Learning economics is intellectual and can be achieved at home in front of a computer just as well as in a physical classroom.

By doing an online degree, you achieve the same learning outcomes as on-campus students. It’s just that you can do it without travelling. Learning is faster because you don’t waste time getting to and from classes.

Professional economist.

What Online Courses Teach You

Economics is a more generalist discipline than many people imagine. Online courses teach many conceptual and communication skills.

Subjects that you may study as part of an online course include

  • agricultural or resource economics
  • econometrics and statistics
  • finance and banking
  • international business
  • management, marketing
  • quantitative business analysis.

Professional economists do empirical and qualitative analysis. They report in mathematical terms and by writing reports in a natural way that most people can follow. Economics is underpinned by logic but there is also an intuitive side to understanding economic systems.

Economics Careers

Economics graduates forge careers in many different fields. With an honours or higher degree, you may be able to work as a professional economist in government or with a large business. But there are many other options.

As an economics graduate, you should be able to both write and do math. That can give you an advantage over many other candidates when going for a generalist position. Economic degree-holders often branch into business fields such as administration, planning, policy development and management.

Economics is an intellectually challenging and socially relevant area of study. According to the Hamilton project, studying economics gives you a better shot at striking it rich… Economics pretty much dominates every other major.

~ Core E

Top Bachelor Degrees

The best undergraduate programs in economics give students plenty of options. Within the broad field of economics, they allow for different specialisations in areas such as microeconomics, macroeconomics, quantitative analysis, econometrics and public policy.

The best economics courses also allow students to choose interesting electives and do combined degrees. The online study of economics can be blended with other business units as well as disciplines such as law, information technology and statistics.

Online Study Australia has selected the best online economics degrees from Australian universities. These distance education programs offer plenty of choice and achieve high ratings in the Australian Graduate Survey.

Economics discussions with laptop.

CDU Bachelor of Business

Charles Darwin University features an economics major in its Bachelor of Business online course. To qualify for the major, students need complete 2nd and 3rd year units on energy, entrepreneurship, macroeconomics, management economics, labour markets, and globalisation. CDU has complementary study streams in human resource management, management and marketing.

Deakin Bachelor of Commerce

Deakin University offers an Economics major as part of the Bachelor of Commerce degree. Students qualify for the economics major by choosing enough relevant units. Subjects include analytical techniques, competition and industry, econometrics, and labour market economics. Deakin has a large online program in business and related disciplines, creating many options when choosing electives.

UNE Bachelor of Economics

The University of New England has a flexible economics program. To qualify for a major, students need to complete prescribed units and choose some relevant electives. UNE has 4 possible majors as part of the Bachelor of Economics degree: Applied Econometrics, Economics, Economic Development, and Environmental Analysis and Policy.

Online Masters Degrees

Studying online for a Master of Economics degree is a convenient way to upgrade your qualifications.

  • The degree demonstrates an ability to use maths to help answer difficult questions about business or government policy.
  • If you are already an economist, it will strengthen your credentials and allow you to gain specialist skills in certain branches of the discipline.
  • If you want to move into economics, a masters is the way to do it. But you should have a strong background in maths and/or business studies.

By studying online, you can continue to work full-time (or do other things) while earning a valuable qualification. Online programs are designed for busy people. Most online postgraduate students work while studying. Online learning allows you to squeeze study into gaps in your schedule. Plus you avoid travel time.

UNE Master of Economics

The University of New England has the complete online Master of Economics program. The course takes 2, 3 or 4 semesters depending on whether you have a graduate diploma, a relevant bachelor degree, or a bachelor degree in another field. There is a wide selection of units, though a few may not be fully online. Students write a dissertation as part of the course. Specialisations include Agricultural Economics, Economics, and Econometrics.

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