密歇根大学安娜堡分校的MAE项目(MA in Economics)对其适应性做了一定的说明，我们可以从中一窥美国名校经济学硕士项目的适应性。
The MAE program addresses itself to the needs of three kinds of students: (1) those who want advanced training in economics in order to qualify for jobs in government or private organizations that require greater expertise than is provided by an undergraduate degree, (2) those who wish to study economics as a complement to their work in another field, and (3) those who need further background in economics, math, or statistics, or who need to certify their ability to do graduate work in economics, in order to gain admission to a Ph.D. program. For the second group, dual programs, including in some cases dual degrees, can combine economics with public health, social work, law, natural resources, demography, industrial relations, statistics, business administration, and other fields.
The Duke Economics MA is designed to be one of the most quantitative of all North American masters’ programs. It aims for a narrow segment of the market:
Students preparing for PhD programs, either by taking advanced mathematics, statistics, and theory, or gaining intuition and exposure to economic issues;
Students preparing for careers in technical financial analysis;
Mid-career research economists seeking to brush up on econometric and modeling skills, and to undertake a research sabbatical;
Aspiring lawyers who want to gain a solid grounding in game theory, microeconomics, econometrics, and cost-benefit analysis; and
Aspiring policy analysts seeking to gain modeling and econometric skills prior to embarking on a career in government, think-tanks, or consulting.