Top School in Charlotte with a Business Economics Degree

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The sole school in the Charlotte, NC, area with any type of program in business or general economics is a public research university that awards degrees at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. It features a professionally accredited business school and an affordable in-state tuition rate, as well as opportunities for internships and interaction with academic researchers and professionals.

  • Winner: The University of North Carolina in Charlotte includes the Belk School of Business where students can earn a Bachelor of Science (BS) or Master of Science (MS) in Economics. Areas of emphasis for undergraduates include business administration; graduate students can specialize in economic analysis, finance or quantitative studies.

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Category University of North Carolina - Charlotte
Rankings #201 among National Universities (2015);
#117 among Top Public Schools (2015);
#113 among Best Undergraduate Business Programs (2014);
#61 among Part-Time MBA Programs (2014)*
Location Charlotte, NC
School Type 4-year; public
Tuition and Fees (2013-2014) Undergraduate: $6,107 (in-state); $18,636 (out-of-state)**
Business/Managerial Economics and General Economics Degrees Offered Bachelor's and master's
Business/Managerial Economics and General Economics Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2012-2013 83**
Most Popular Business and Managerial Economics Program in 2012-2013 Bachelor's (37 awarded)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class 54%**
Noteworthy The Belk College of Business has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

Sources: *U.S. News & World Report; **NCES College Navigator.

University of North Carolina - Charlotte

  • Belk College of Business offers undergraduate internships
  • Graduate students can minor in operations research
  • Joint dual-degree program offered in cooperation with the Copenhagen Business School in Denmark
  • Department of Economics offers a seminar series where leading academics discuss their research

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC) serves more than 26,500 students annually and offers undergraduate and graduate programs through nine colleges and a graduate school. At the Department of Economics at the Belk College of Business, career-oriented students can pursue an undergraduate emphasis in business administration that may help them prepare for careers as bankers, financiers or international commerce professionals. An emphasis on the liberal arts is also available and may be a better fit for those interested in applying to graduate or law schools. Graduate students accepted into the university's MS in Economics program acquire the critical-thinking skills they need to work as analysts or managers.

Half of the courses required for the BS in Economics include those in non-business areas; students also complete a business core and electives. Coursework for the concentration in business administration takes place during the junior and senior years and covers topics in econometrics, microeconomics, financial management and quantitative economics. The 30-credit MS of Science curriculum requires core courses in advanced econometrics, economic forecasting, macroeconomics and microeconomics; students also complete a research-based project or thesis. Areas of concentration include applied economic analysis, financial management, quantitative methodology or quantitative financial economics.

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