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Department of Economics

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MA Graduate Degree

Alumni Profiles

Brian Fahey 

Year Graduated: 2011

Thesis: Structured finance and its effects on macroeconomic stability 

Current Employer: VP Financial Consultant at Charles Schwab

How did you become interested in studying Economics?
I started studying economics as an undergrad and found it to be very interesting. The more I learned, the more interested I became.

Why did you choose to get an MA degree at DU?
I went to DU right after the financial crisis, when orthodox economics looked painfully outdated. The program offered a different way of thinking the problems the economy was facing.

What knowledge and skills that you picked up in our MA program have proven most valuable to your job?
A big part of the job is explaining capital markets to clients, so having a deep understanding is important and I gained that knowledge at DU. Also, my time as a TA allowed me to develop teaching skills.

What did you enjoy most about the program at DU?
I had a great deal of support from the faculty to pursue what interested me. Once I got through the core courses and started on my thesis, I was able focus on my interests with the support of the entire department. 

What unique aspect of our program do you most appreciate now?
In retrospect, the collaboration I had with the department while writing my thesis is what I appreciate the most now. I gained a great deal by having Dr. Mott and Dr. Schneider challenge my thought process and conclusions.

What was your favorite Class at DU?
Advanced Microeconomics with Dr. Schneider.

What advice would you give to someone considering getting an MA in Economics from DU?
If you’re motivated to learn and think for yourself, the program’s open nature and supportive faculty make DU an excellent choice.