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At WPI, students in the BS in Economic Science program approach the study of economics through the use of innovative computational tools. We believe students learn by doing, so the program’s strict adherence to rigorous methodological standards for economic experimentation and problem solving will give you valuable and practical skills for addressing real-world challenges.

Our hands-on approach means you’ll be exposed to the full range of theoretical and methodological approaches to economics. You’ll even build computer models simulating economic systems that aid policy analysis.



Economic Science majors have traditional course work in micro- and macroeconomics, theory, and applied topics, such as development economics, environmental economics, and information economics and policy.

Working closely and in collaboration with expert faculty in WPI’s Experimental Economics Lab students have space and equipment to conduct their own computerized economics experiments that can lead to innovative breakthroughs at the intersection of science and society.

If you’re interested in fields at the interface of economics and technology—such as information or engineering economics—consider a double major in the appropriate technical discipline. 

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Project-based Learning

At WPI we believe you learn by doing—project-based learning is at the core of our program. As an economic science major, you’ll take all you learn in a classroom and apply that knowledge to real-world problems, perhaps by helping consumers make purchasing decisions or by impacting public policy on labor markets.

More Value

Whether it’s real-world work experience through a co-op or internshipearning a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in four or five years through the BS/MS program, or integrating your coursework with your extracurricular interests through Major and a Mission, there are many ways you can make the most out of your time at WPI.