Students majoring in Economic Science study microeconomic (specific components of the economy) and macroeconomic (the economy viewed as a whole) theory at both the introductory and intermediate levels in preparation for potential careers in these fields:

  • Industrial economics, finance, management, and marketing
  • Labor-management relations
  • Public administration

The Economic Science major also provides students with an excellent foundation for graduate study in economics, business, and law.

Students will approach the study of economics through the use of innovative computational tools, with strict adherence to rigorous methodological standards for economic experimentation and problem solving, which instills practical skills for addressing real-world challenges.

Starting Salary

WPI Graduates:

  • Bachelors: N/A
  • Masters: N/A
  • PhD: N/A

Average National Starting Salary ( and Auditors) $41,400

Average National Starting Bachelor’s Degree Salary reported by the NACE Salary Survey: $44,426

Download the WPI Post-Graduation Reports for more information on salaries.

Companies That Have Hired WPI Economic Scientists

  • Wayfair

Download the WPI Post-Graduation Reports for more companies that have hired WPI graduates.

Sample Job Titles

  • Accountant
  • Auditor
  • Compliance Manager
  • Economist
  • Investment Fund Manager

Sample Graduate Schools

  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Sample Professional Associations and Clubs

Examples of MQPs

  • Investing in Institutions for Cooperation 2013-14
  • Research on Barriers Preventing the Expansion of the Organic Agro-Industry in the Northeast of Brazil

Visit WPI’s Electronic Projects Collection for more MQP titles.

Popular Industries for Economists

  • Banking
  • Consulting
  • Government
  • Healthcare
  • Insurance

Learn more about Economic Science