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Will the I.R.S. need to collect more taxes to pay for a new healthcare prescription bill? How much additional revenue will earn if it builds a new distribution center? Should you buy the more useful yet expensive SUV or the compact car with the great mileage? These are all questions of economics.

Economics is the branch of social science that studies how individuals, businesses, and governments choose to use limited or scarce resources in the effort to meet the demand for things they want to consume. It considers the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services at the governmental, corporate, and individual levels.

The Economics program at MCC examines how human behavior, beliefs, structures, constraints, and needs impact economic decision making. As a student in the program, you will study theories such as supply and demand, competition and monopoly, and market equilibrium, among many others. A strong knowledge of economics allows you to analyze and understand current market trends and economic structures within society and helps you to become a more well-informed participant in the political process.


Want to pursue a bachelor’s degree? Save money by starting at MCC in manageable, small classes taught by renowned faculty. Our transfer pathways with Arizona universities help you achieve two goals: completing an associate’s degree while also staying on track to earn a bachelor’s degree at your transfer destination. MCC’s university partnerships throughout the nation assure your seamless transition toward a four-year degree.

A list of available transfer options for the Economics program
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Associate in Arts, Economics Economics Emphasis to ASU Arizona State University Economics (Bachelor of Science)
Associate in Arts, Economics Economics Emphasis to UofA University of Arizona Economics (Bachelor of Science)

Career Opportunities

The Economics program can lead to a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are a sampling of some of the possible positions and Arizona-based salaries related to this program.

Example job titles with salary information
Occupation / Title Annual Median Wage
Budget Analysts $68,090
Economists $88,350
Financial Analysts $74,170
Financial Managers $98,620
Lawyers $107,270
Managers, All Other $93,690
Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists $60,740
Urban and Regional Planners $73,580
Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.

Financial Aid

You can get a high-quality, affordable education. MCC’s low tuition rates and various financial aid opportunities make it possible. Explore federal and state grants, Federal Work-Study, scholarships, student loans, and other options today.

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Before signing up for classes, you’ll want to meet with an academic advisor. Together, you’ll lay out an academic plan that suits you best. This step is essential to your academic success.

Advising for the Economics program is available through the Social Science department. They will help you determine the exact courses you need to get the education you’re looking for.