How is Economics at Michigan Tech Different?
A focus on natural resources, the blend of business and economics, and the opportunity to work across STEM disciplines on Enterprise teams make Michigan Tech's economics program—and our graduates—stand out.
Beginning with a strong theoretical and analytical foundation, the curriculum broadens to include business, engineering, science, mathematics, and other social sciences. The result is a well-rounded educational experience—and graduates who are prepared to examine and solve high-level, high-tech business, economic, and social problems.
What You Need to Know
An undergraduate degree in economics from Michigan Tech makes an excellent foundation for law school, which many of our graduates have gone on to pursue. And for students considering a non-business major, economics is a sought-after minor. Students can dive deeper into the subject by pursuing a Master of Science in Natural Resource Economics.
Small Enough to Care, Large Enough to Lead:
- Faculty and students interact within the Economics Club and during the iOMe Challenge, where Michigan Tech econ majors work with a faculty mentor to find solutions to pressing economic policy issues.
- Huskies are given opportunities to apply developing knowledge and gain real-world exposure by participating in (and winning!) regional and national competitions.
- Open to Michigan Tech students of all majors, the Applied Portfolio Management Program (APMP)—one of the top 50 student funds in the nation—gives students real-world experience on the trading room floor by investing more than $1.8 million of real money.
- The Silicon Valley Spring Break Experience is a one-of-a-kind trip available exclusively to School of Business and Economics students. Huskies travel to the heart of the tech business world, tour companies like Google and Cisco, and meet with successful entrepreneurs, including Michigan Tech alumni.
- The spirit of entrepreneurism is alive on Michigan Tech's Innovation Shore. Business students have the opportunity to gain real-world experience through peer collaboration with our senior-level Business Development Experience, developing and presenting a business plan for a Senior Design or Enterprise project.
Create the Future as a:
- Administrative assistant
- Advanced education student
- Bank teller
- Budget analyst
- Financial assistant
- Law school student
- Leasing consultant
- Loan officer
- Marketing assistant
- Project administrator
Huskies Get Hired By:
- DTE Energy
- Oshkosh Corporation
- Reynolds, Smith, and Hills
Crazy Smart Opportunities and Experiences
Students have opportunities to conduct research alongside economics professors. Members of the Michigan Tech Economics Club are working on the KHOB Economic Outlook Project, an annual report focused on the economic performance of four Upper Michigan counties (Keweenaw, Houghton, Ontonagon, and Baraga).
Jerrid Burdue '17 developed a proposal to increase the savings rate for low-income citizens. His proposal won the iOMe Challenge and was recognized nationally, including meeting with US Senators.
Student Learning Goals:
As an accredited business school, Michigan Tech assesses student learning to continuously improve curriculum and programs. Students in the School of Business and Economics can expect to achieve the following learning goals—which also align with University Undergraduate Student Learning Goals:
- Technical Competence—Ability to critically analyze and to achieve proficiency of information technology
- Global Awareness—Skill in emerging trends and ability to see global perspective
- Professional Know-How—Mastery of ethics and effective communication through coursework and professional business experiences
- Disciplinary Knowledge—Discipline-specific expertise as well as cross-discipline approach