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Bachelor of Applied Economics

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Applied economics is economics in action, on the ground.

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Degree Type
3 years full-time

About this course

Applied economics is economics in action, on the ground. The intellectually exciting and socially-relevant Bachelor of Applied Economics (BApplEcon) from Massey University is a prestigious yet practical economics degree with excellent employment opportunities in New Zealand and internationally. It will prepare you for an exciting future. Our top graduates are now leaders in industry, government agencies, and international corporations.

Entry requirements

There are no special entry requirements for entry into the BApplEcon beyond those that qualify you for study at the University. In order to widen your choice of courses, or to fit in with your other commitments, you may opt for a mix of internal and distance learning courses. It would be useful if you had studied Economics, or Maths with Calculus, or Maths with Statistics at secondary school.

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.

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Distance Learning

Career pathways

Applied economics will prepare you for a range of roles in the economic analysis and policy-making arena within New Zealand and globally. This is the most versatile analytical degree which can be equally at home in the government sector as well as in the high-paced world of international banking.

If you would like to graduate and step directly into the role of a professional economist, this is the degree to choose. This is also the best option for students planning to undertake postgraduate studies in economics.

Recent graduates of applied economics have found employment with several government ministries, including Treasury, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and major corporations, such as ANZ, Kiwibank, Air New Zealand, or Spark. Many of our graduates work overseas, at major corporates like Citibank, Deutsche Bank, etc. But the opportunities are truly vast across all sectors, given the demand for graduates with analytical data skills, ability to analyse economic environment, make forecasts, and weight costs and benefits. These are versatile skills, and as a graduate you won't be tied to a single industry or a job.

Economists are highly sought after in the private and public sector, big and small firms, large international agencies, schools and universities and economic policy and social organisations. With a Bachelor of Applied Economics you can join the world of business in a variety of roles.

  • Economist at a financial institution
  • Analyst at the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment
  • Trainee dealer
  • Energy sector analyst
  • Environmental economist
  • Financial policy advisor
  • Health care economist
  • International economist (at Ministry for Foreign Trade or at a number of export and international firms)
  • Macroeconomic forecaster
  • Policy analyst
  • Climate change impact assessment analyst