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College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Department of Economics

Current Students

MA Graduate Degree

Alumni Profiles

Leah Burfeind 

Year Graduated: 2014

Thesis: The Effects of Foreign Aid for Health on Health Outcomes in Developing Countries

Current Employer: Market Planning Analysts at Jeppesen  

How did you become interested in studying Economics?
I took the required econ class in undergrad and liked it so I decided I wanted to pursue economics as a degree. 

Why did you choose to get an MA degree at DU?
I wanted to get the degree in general because I felt it would help me get the kinds of jobs I wanted and I felt like I had only scratched the surface of what I could learn. I chose DU because the financial aid was most helpful and the classes were small and there was a different way of thinking. 

What knowledge and skills that you picked up in our MA program have proven most valuable to your job?
Statistics, market research, and econometrics.

What did you enjoy most about the program at DU?
The small classes and collaborative thinking. I spent a lot of time with classmates thinking and talking about philosophical and economic issues. 

What unique aspect of our program do you most appreciate now?
The relationships with other students and professors. It was easy to get feedback on ideas from others in the department

What was your favorite Class at DU? 
Health Economics & Econometrics.

What advice would you give to someone considering getting an MA in Economics from DU?
Don’t feel like what you learned in undergrad or what you learn in grad school is what you have to believe is true or best. With economics, there are always going to be different schools of thought. Learn to think and decide for yourself what school of thought you might agree with or disagree with. Don’t just regurgitate what you’ve been taught in the classroom. Take that and decide for yourself.