Bachelor of Applied Economics

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Economics at the coal face

Join a practical, relevant degree

What is it like?

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 practical economics degree that is socially-relevant. It will prepare you for an exciting future.

Massey Business School is ranked in the top 2% globally.

Prestigious and practical

The BApplEcon is a prestigious and practical degree, focusing on economic analysis and policy-making within the New Zealand economy and internationally.

Learn the key tools of analysis

Through the Bachelor of Applied Economics you will become familiar with mainstream economic thinking and the key quantitative tools of analysis that are applied to economic issues. You’ll also gain an understanding of broader issues - like the impact of international factors and government economic policies.

Challenged to grow

Communicating complicated concepts will be an important part of your role. You’ll learn communication techniques and self-directed and independent learning that will help you in your future career. You’ll be exposed to a range of issues and perspectives and learn how to identify and evaluate ethical dilemmas and provide reasoned alternatives for their resolution.

You will be challenged to grow and perform at a high level, and you'll be rewarded with a top-quality education and access to many of the best career opportunities in New Zealand and internationally.

The BApplEcon is based on a solid foundation of compulsory courses, but provides flexibility for you to choose courses yourself. You can specialise in a particular area or retain a general focus. You can also include a minor in accountancy, finance or valuation and property management.

International recognition

Massey’s business school is is ranked in the top 2% globally, with accreditation from AACSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business).

Massey University’s business and management studies and its economics and econometrics programmes in the top 250 in the world (by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds). We are also ranked in the top 150 universities worldwide for business administration and finance programmes by the ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects.

A good fit if you:

  • Want a degree that is practical and relevant
  • Are interested in economics in a national and global context
Eyal Apatov
Bachelor of Applied Economics (Hons)
Policy Analyst, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

“Massey’s point of difference is the quality of the services: unlimited broadband, lots of parking, great online services, and great student support”

I studied a Bachelor of Applied Economics (bachelor degree and an additional honours year), completing in 2012. I took this degree because I was interested in the effects the economy has over our everyday life, culture, and the environment we live in. I took many statistical/quantitative papers which gave me the analytical skills, as well as understanding the overall context of the data (using economic theory). Massey’s point of difference is the quality of the services: unlimited broadband, lots of parking, great online services, and great student support. I was very impressed by the availability of lecturers assisting me with my academic and professional requirements. I really liked the small classes as they made the lectures more interesting. My ambition is to use economics to assist the greater society. My studies gave me basic tools which I can use, and improve (as I get more experienced) for analysing and evaluating public policies, and different economic situations, as well as offering solutions.


Applied economics will prepare you for a range of roles in the economics analysis and policy-making arena within New Zealand and internationally.

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 and Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and major corporations, such as ANZ and Spark.

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 BApplEcon you can join the world of business in a variety of roles.

  • Business analyst
  • Economic consultant
  • Energy research officer
  • Environmental economist
  • Financial policy advisor
  • Graduate economist
  • Health economist
  • International economist
  • Institution development coordinator
  • Lecturer in economics
  • Microeconomic analyst
  • Policy analyst
  • Trainee dealer

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