Applied Economics

Applied economics is the use of economic theories, models, and data to solve real-world issues. Students in the Master of Arts in Applied Economics program develop skills in macro- and microeconomics and learn to analyze and forecast economic trends in areas including (but not limited to) budgetary and fiscal policy, international trade, labor and urban economics. Graduates are prepared for positions as economic analysts in government, private consulting firms, financial institutions, international organizations, and applied policy research institutions.

Data Science

The explosion of data in today’s world is rapidly shaping the landscape of our lives. This has led to an urgent need to process massive amount of information and obtain meaningful insights. Data scientists are trained to meet such challenges. Through a structured curriculum that provides foundational knowledge as well as application skills, students in the Data Science program learn how to confront the most complex problems across both government and private industry using data-driven decisions.

Exhibition Design

The Master of Arts in Exhibition Design is one of the few accredited graduate programs in the nation devoted to interpretive exhibition design. The curriculum is a balanced integration of academic, technical and design courses. Students obtain the professional skills needed to create experiences and narrative environments that engage, educate and entertain audiences.

New Media Photojournalism

The New Media Photojournalism program at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design is the first of its kind, created to help visual journalists study and address the changing world of photojournalism.


The Master of Arts degree in Philosophy develops the critical thinking, close reading, persuasive writing and oral communication skills needed for success in a doctoral program or teaching career. Students that graduate from this degree track often go on to obtain their PhD in Philosophy or a related field, such as political theory, biomedical ethics and gender studies. Others draw upon the broad base of philosophical knowledge to instruct at a secondary or two-year college level.

Anatomical and Translational Sciences

The Master of Science in Anatomical and Translational Sciences (M-ATS) is a two-year non-thesis master’s program designed to give students advanced knowledge in basic medical sciences, clinical studies, and clinical and translational research methods. The program will give students an in-depth understanding of human gross anatomy, embryology, functional histology, neuroanatomy, genomic medicine, bioinformatics, systems physiology, pharmacology, pharmacogenomics, and modern stem cell biology.

Budget and Public Finance

The certificate in budgeting and public finance provides course work in the theoretical and practical foundations of public budgeting and in the formulation and evaluation of public budgets, as well as the complex choices of economic reasoning in response to resource allocation in the process of formulating and implementing public budgets. The courses in the certificate provide a background in budget policy and process, characteristics of public revenue and expenditure, and governmental accounting and financial reporting.

Geographical Information Systems

Geographical Information Systems (GIS) allow us to capture, manage, query, analyze and model geospatially referenced data. GIS ties the idea of location to information, making it possible to visualize it all in map form. Using geospatial techniques we combine and overlay data to show complex scenarios from a geographic perspective. GIS also allows us to integrate data from diverse sources, helping identify relationships, trends, and patterns of distribution.

LGBT Health Policy and Practice

The Graduate Certificate program in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Health Policy and Practice—the first of its kind in applied health
for the LGBT community—trains current and future healthcare
leaders to develop strategies that address health issues and reduce health disparities for LGBT
people. The one-year, 12-credit program provides students with a solid base in the psychological,
medical, and policy-based issues faced by LGBT individuals.

Designed for working professionals, the program is a distance learning program with a