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With interdisciplinary expertise and international experience, Dual Masters in Applied Economics (CUHK) and Social and Economic Policy (Northwestern) graduates are uniquely positioned to become leaders in their professions.

Modern economic and public-policy decisions demand mastery of quantitative and policy design and implementation methods in a global context. A pathbreaking dual-degree program—jointly designed by the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University and the Department of Economics at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)—opens the door to the study of applied economics and its application to real world policies in both Chinese and US contexts.

Studying on campuses in Sha Tin, Hong Kong for 10 months and Evanston, Illinois for 7 months, students receive rigorous training in applied economic science and develop analytical skills to evaluate and design policies and programs in diverse global contexts. Upon completion of the program, students receive two master of science degrees from two top-tier global universities!

Leading Edge Program

Gain a competitive edge in today’s interconnected marketplace by participating in the first program to address economic and policy issues through a transpacific lens.

Mastery in Multiple Disciplines

Enrich your understanding with insights from multiple disciplines while earning an applied economics degree and a social and economic policy degree in the same length of time, and similar cost, as one masters.

Life-Changing Student Experience

Think across academic and geographic boundaries, experience rich opportunities for growth, and come away with a deeper global perspective.

Global Network

Engage in diverse cultures and ideas with an international community of colleagues. Connect with a robust network of campuses and alumni around the world.

Outstanding Career Advancement Services

Take advantage of resources including advising, job and internship search assistance, career assessments, access to employment databases, career fairs, and recruiting events on two top-tier campuses.

World Renowned Faculty

Learn from top researchers, experienced professionals, and leaders in their fields.

Our Students

The Northwestern-CUHK dual-degree program is expected to attract highly qualified students motivated to become leaders in their professions: as policy makers in civil service and nonprofit organizations and as economic analysts and thought leaders in public and private industry and academia. The program is distinctive for its academic concentrations and rigor, the prestige of its institutions and faculty, its affordability, and its incomparable student experience.


Economic analysts in public and private sectors


Researchers in academia


Policymakers in civil service and nonprofit organizations


Business and industry leaders

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2021 Best National Universities Northwestern University US News and World Report

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2022 Best Education Schools Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy US News and World Report

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2021 QS World University Rankings by Subject The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) in Asia for Economics and Econometrics