MSAE Thesis

Although not required, some students in the MSAE program choose to do a master's thesis. 

MSAE Thesis Policies 


  • Complete 8 grad units
  • GPA 3.5 or higher


  • Talk to faculty about projects you are interested in
  • Take Econ 623 in spring to develop your project


  • Some funding is available to support field research, and the purchase of datasets.


  • 6 units (2 units of Econ 623, 4 units of Econ 699)
  • Summer research instead of internship/other activities

Other options

  • RA work
  • smaller-scale independent study
  • capstone class project

Toshiya Nogusa
Behavioral responses to perception of disadvantage, self-acceptance, and merit: Results from online experiments
Advisor: Bruce Wydick 

Nicholas R. Lawrie
Using Machine Learning to Analyze Children’s Drawings as Indicators of Mental Well-Being
Advisor: Bruce Wydick

Kaustri Bhattacharyya
Heterogeneous Effects in Matching Grants
Advisor: Bruce Wydick 

Liubov Ivashov
The Modern-Day Effects of HOLC Redlining on Neighborhood Development
Advisor: Jesse Anttila-Hughes 

Michael G. Emanuel
Does a Minimum Wage Really Reduce Employment in the Retail and Fast Food Industries? Evidence from Canada
Advisor: Jesse Anttila-Hughes