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Prepare for the Future with an MQE from UCLA

The demand for talent with extensive quantitative, analytical, and financial training has never been stronger. The MQE program equips students with the applied concepts, technical tools and analytical skills needed to solve complex business problems facing corporations, government agencies and financial institutions.

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Put Your Degree to Work

Our program coursework is continually adjusted to offer training on cutting-edge and emerging tools that will prepare you to handle the complex challenges companies face today.

91% of MQE graduates are actively employed within 3 months of graduation.

MQE graduates are employed in almost every field imaginable, with most students accepting roles in data analytics, finance, consulting and tech.

Common Roles

Business Analyst
Data Analyst
Data Consultant
Data Scientist
Economist
Financial Analyst
Investment Banking Analyst
Lecturer
Market Researcher
Product Manager
Research Associate
Strategy Analyst

Common Sectors

Business
Education
Consumer Products
Consulting
Data Science
Finance
Government
Startups
Technology

Organizations/Companies

Accenture
Alibaba
Amazon
Bank of Japan
Bank of Mexico
China Securities
CITIC
Deloitte Consulting
International Monetary Fund (IMF)
IQVIA
McKinsey & Company
Moody’s Analytics
Uber
United Nations

Get Empowered For Success

The MQE provides a supportive career community and employer connections to help MQE students secure internships, applied projects and full-time positions with companies around the globe. Throughout the year, the MQE program offers workshops, career fairs, networking events, training sessions and site visits to help students connect with employers.

Upcoming Career Events

Throughout the year, the MQE program hosts a variety of events to bring hiring organizations and student talent together. These events include:

MQE Professional Development Summit
MQE Networking Mixer & Career Fair
Career Onboarding Series

Career FAQS

WHAT KINDS OF JOBS CAN I GET AFTER GRADUATION FOR THE MQE PROGRAM?

The MQE actively partners with global companies in finance, consulting, analytics, data science, tech, business, and marketing, among other fields. Given the hands-on nature of our curriculum, graduates are well qualified for positions which require advanced economics, data analytics, finance training or extensive quantitative background. Many of our graduates have gone on to coveted positions with Central Banks, International Organizations, Government Ministries, consulting firms, think tanks, Fortune 500 companies, and banks. The MQE has robust industry connections to help students secure competitive internships and full-time opportunities around the globe.  

Each year, a few students will choose to pursue a PhD following their MQE degree. Learn more from MQE graduate Markus Schwarz about how UCLA’s MQE prepared him for his PhD program.

HOW WILL THE PROGRAM HELP ME IN MY JOB SEARCH?

The MQE program has a dedicated career coaching and corporate relations team focused on helping MQE students secure job and internship opportunities.  Throughout the year the program will host networking events, career panels, training workshops and career fairs to connect you with global employers.  Career coaches are available to discuss your career goals and provide resources and advice to help you reach your career goals.  Our writing coach is available to help you with resume and cover letters.    

WILL I HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO CONNECT WITH COMPANIES THROUGH THE MQE?

Throughout the year the program will host networking events, career panels, training workshops and career fairs to connect you with global employers.  The MQE has a robust and global employer network.  From small, boutique firms to large, multinational corporations, students have an opportunity to connect with hiring organizations throughout their MQE experience.  

DOES THE MQE OFFER A CAREER COURSE?

The MQE offers Econ 429: Professional Development for Emerging Economists, a seminar-style career course aimed at helping you prepare for the professional world.  Through this course you’ll have an opportunity to refine your career goals, learn effective job and internship search strategies, enhance your resume and cover letter, practice behavioral and technical interviews, meet industry professionals and practice your networking and presentation skills.  The course is offered during fall, winter, and spring quarters.

WILL I BE ABLE TO COMPLETE AN INTERNSHIP AS PART OF THE MQE PROGRAM?

Many MQE students complete professional internships during the program.  Some students choose to extend the program over 4-6 quarters, to allow for a summer internship between their first and second year of the program.