M.S. in Quantitative Economics

This STEM-designated program can be completed in as little as one year and is designated a Certified Forecast Trainer by the IIF, the world's leading forecast research institute. Curriculum includes: econometrics, forecasting, analytics, and economic policy analysis. Scholarships are available to qualified candidates.

The MSQE program is affiliated with Cal Lutheran's Center for Economic Research and Forecasting (CERF), with expertise in forecasting and economic measurement, producer of the nationally recognized Latino GDP Report. CERF is one of only six university-based research centers in the Wall Street Journal's Economic Forecast Survey.

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MS in Quantitative Economics Online Information Session
Wednesday, Jun. 12, 2024 at 12:00 - 1:00 pm

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Quick Facts

Program Units
36 (12 courses)
Average Duration
12-24 months
On-campus courses
Full-time or part-time course load
Course Availability
Year-round in four 11-week terms
  • Westlake Village
Program Costs


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Wednesday, June 26, 2024 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm

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Our Reputation

  • Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and ACBSP
  • Designated as a Certified Forecaster Program by The International Institute of Forecasters (IIF)
  • Ranked 4th in the nation in Financial Economics
  • Cal Lutheran is ranked 11th overall in the West by U.S. News and World Report

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Apply Your Knowledge

Students put theory to practice at in close collaboration with faculty Cal Lutheran’s  Center for Economic Research and Forecasting.

CERF has earned numerous forecast accuracy awards, Crystal Ball Awards from the Zillow Home Price Survey and 2nd most accurate economic forecast by the National Association of Business Economics (NABE). 

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A Degree in One Year

We offer a course schedule that allows students to complete the program in as little as one year. Evening and weekend options provides some flexibility in scheduling.

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You develop three important skills in the MSQE: theory, mathematics, and programming. Theory is important, and you get plenty, but what sold me on the program was the hands-on aspect. A common complaint from employers these days is a lack of real-world experience. The classwork in the MSQE is project and results oriented. This experience, and the opportunity to work at the Center for Economic Research and Forecasting (CERF) alongside your professors... this program offers much more than just theory. Without the experience of really applying the material while still in school, I wouldn’t have had the options available to me afterwards. This program sets you apart.

Molly Clancy
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