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Purdue economics programs earn top rankings

The Krannert School's Department of Economics was recently recognized in a trio of rankings naming it the best in Indiana and the top value online MS program nationwide.

Zippia, which collects career data from the National Center for Education Statistics and College Scorecard, looked at the 162 institutions of higher learning in the Hoosier State to determine which programs offered the best career opportunities for economics majors. 

Using criteria including career results, mean earnings, school performance, admissions rate, graduation rate, average cost of attendance and average amount of debt, Zippia created an "Economics Quality Index" that gave Krannert's economics program on Purdue University's West Lafayette campus the distinction of being the "Best College for Economics" in Indiana.

"It's hard to argue with a selective school that features economics and produces strong earning potential for your career," said Zippia's Chris Kolmar. The University of Notre Dame ranked second on Zippia's list, followed by Indiana University-Bloomington and the Calumet campus of Purdue University Northwest, which ranked fourth. 

Earlier this year, Affordable Colleges Online gave Purdue’s online master’s program in economics a perfect score in ranking it the best in the nation based on cost, student-teacher ratio and graduation rate.

In July, College Values Online (CVO) also ranked it as the top value online master’s program for 2016 based on similar data from College Navigator. 

"The rigorous curriculum puts its students through a demanding set of courses that will teach them to interpret complex economic data and make recommendations to top-level decision makers," CVO said. "And with low tuition costs plus part-time, hybrid, and combined degree options, it’s no surprise that this affordable online economics degree attracts so much attention."

Complete rankings

Zippia – www.zippia.com/economics-major/#these-are-the-10-best-colleges-for-economics-majors-in-indiana

Affordable Colleges Online – www.affordablecollegesonline.org/degrees/masters-programs/best-online-masters-in-economics/

College Values Online – www.collegevaluesonline.com/rankings/online-economics-degree-best-values/