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There are a wide vari­ety of great options for bach­e­lor degrees in eco­nom­ics, and the best pro­gram will depend on the needs and expec­ta­tions of the indi­vid­ual stu­dent. Many of the most pres­ti­gious col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties offer eco­nom­ics pro­grams that offer name-brand diplo­mas that will be sure to get the atten­tion of poten­tial employ­ers; how­ev­er, those pro­grams usu­al­ly come with high tuition rates. Many pub­lic state schools offer great tuition rates for in-state stu­dents that can allow them to get a great deal on their eco­nom­ics degree. There are many dif­fer­ent met­rics that can be used to rate the best degree pro­grams, but our method­ol­o­gy places an empha­sis on invest­ment return post-grad­u­a­tion, to ensure that stu­dents are get­ting the best val­ue for their degree pro­gram. To check out the best bach­e­lor degree pro­grams in Eco­nom­ics based on our method­ol­o­gy, check out our list of the Top 15 Bachelor’s Degrees in Eco­nom­ics. Let’s take a clos­er look at the top-ranked pro­grams on our list.

The University of Pennsylvania

The Uni­ver­si­ty of Penn­syl­va­nia (also known as Penn or UPenn) is a pri­vate Ivy League uni­ver­si­ty that was found­ed in 1740 by Ben­jamin Franklin, and is locat­ed in Philadel­phia, Penn­syl­va­nia. UPenn’s Whar­ton School of Busi­ness is com­mon­ly ranked as the top busi­ness school in the nation, which ensures that stu­dents will have great job oppor­tu­ni­ties upon grad­u­at­ing. Stu­dents at Whar­ton can earn a Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence (BS) in Eco­nom­ics, which focus­es on the appli­ca­tion of eco­nom­ics to the world of busi­ness. The BS degree from Whar­ton is a high­ly cus­tomiz­able eco­nom­ics degree that allows stu­dents to choose from over 25 dif­fer­ent spe­cial­iza­tions, includ­ing Busi­ness Eco­nom­ics and Pub­lic Pol­i­cy, Envi­ron­men­tal Pol­i­cy and Man­age­ment, and Social Impact and Respon­si­bil­i­ty. BS stu­dents also have the option of indi­vid­u­al­iz­ing their eco­nom­ics degree, allow­ing them to cre­ate their own cur­ricu­lum that best match­es their aca­d­e­m­ic expec­ta­tions. Core and elec­tive cours­es will depend on the spe­cial­iza­tion that a stu­dent choos­es. UPenn’s Col­lege of Arts and Sci­ences offers a Bach­e­lor of Arts (BA) in Eco­nom­ics, which focus­es on eco­nom­ic the­o­ry. The BA pro­gram teach­es stu­dents math­e­mat­i­cal eco­nom­ic mod­els and pro­vides an under­stand­ing of the under­ly­ing con­cepts that sup­port our econ­o­my. Because UPenn offers the top-ranked pro­gram for a bachelor’s degree in eco­nom­ics, the tuition is not cheap, as rates for the 2017–18 school year came out to $53,534, though 60% of stu­dents receive some form of finan­cial aid. For more infor­ma­tion on how to decide the best strat­e­gy to finance your desired bachelor’s degree, check out our info­graph­ic on The Eco­nom­ics of a Bachelor’s Degree.

University of Maryland-College Park

The Uni­ver­si­ty of Mary­land-Col­lege Park is a pub­lic research uni­ver­si­ty that was found­ed in 1856. Their Col­lege of Behav­ioral and Social Sci­ences’ Depart­ment of Eco­nom­ics offers both a BA and a BS in Eco­nom­ics, which have a sim­i­lar core cur­ricu­lum but dif­fer in upper-lev­el cours­es. Core cours­es for Eco­nom­ics majors include Think­ing Like an Econ­o­mist, Eco­nom­ics and the Col­lege Afford­abil­i­ty Cri­sis, and Inequal­i­ty: Deter­mi­nants and Pol­i­cy Reme­dies. The uni­ver­si­ty also pro­vides its eco­nom­ics majors with intern­ships and career explo­ration expe­ri­ences where stu­dents can put their the­o­ret­i­cal knowl­edge to prac­tice in work­place envi­ron­ments. Tuition rates at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Mary­land-Col­lege Park for the 2017–18 school year were $10,399 for in-state stu­dents and $33,606 for out-of-state students.


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