University at Albany
 

Combined Bachelor of Science/Master of Arts Degree Program in Economics

The combined degree program allows students to apply up to twelve credits towards both their undergraduate and graduate degrees, thereby saving time and expense in achieving both degrees. Students in the program can complete both degrees in slightly more than nine semesters. The combined degree program prepares students for professional careers in economic and statistical analysis in government, business, financial and non-profit institutions. The program also provides additional preparation for those students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. A description of the Master of Arts program is available at here

Admission to the BS/MA program

The combined program is available to undergraduate students in the Bachelor of Science in Economics program who are in their junior year (56 credit hours); who have completed Eco 300, Eco 301 and Eco 320; and who have a cumulative overall grade point average of 3.2 or higher. Students do not need to take the Graduate Record Examination (GREs). Students should complete the program application form, provide a written statement describing their educational career goals, and fulfill all requirements for applying for the Master of Arts in Economics degree, including three letters of recommendation. Applications will be individually reviewed by the M.A. Admissions Committee of the Department of Economics. Students should begin the application process for the Master of Arts program by going to the Graduate Admissions website.

Courses that count for both undergraduate and graduate credit in the program

  • Eco 500 Microeconomics (3 credits)
  • Eco 501 Macroeconomics (3)
  • Eco 505 Game Theory (3)
  • Eco 509 (Hpm 501) Introduction to Health Policy and Management (3)
  • Eco 510 Mathematics for Economists (3)
  • Eco 511 (Hpm 511) Economic Analysis for Health Policy and Management (3)
  • Eco 520 Quantitative Methods I (3)
  • Eco 521 Quantitative Methods II (3)
  • Eco 525 Time Series and Forecasting (3)
  • Eco 529 Forecasting in the Public Sector (3)
  • Eco 530 Economics of the Public Sector (3)
  • Eco 531 Fiscal Economics (3)
  • Eco 532 Metropolitan Finances (3)
  • Eco 533 Public Policy Analysis (3)
  • Eco 566 Financial Economics (3)
  • Eco 581 Environmental Economics (3)
  • Eco 670 Economics of Regulation and Antitrust (3)

Other courses may be added to the list at the discretion of the Director of the MA program

Example of Course Schedule for Students in BS/MA Program

Freshman Year Credits Sophomore Year Credits
General Education (1) 3 General Education (5) 3
General Education (2) 3 General Education (6) 3
General Education (3) 3 General Education (7) 3
General Education (4) 3 Eco 300 3
Eco 110 3 Eco 301 3
Eco 111 3 Eco 320 3
MAT 112, 113 8 Minor (1) 3
Liberal Arts Elective (1) 3 Minor (2) 3
Liberal Arts Elective (2) 3 Minor (3) 3
Liberal Arts Elective (3) 3
TOTAL 32 30
Junior Year Credits Senior Year Credits
General Education (8) 3 Eco 420Z 3
General Education (9) 3 Eco MA course (1)* 3
General Education (10) 3 Eco MA course (2)* 3
Eco Elective (1) 3 Eco MA course (3)* 3
Eco Elective (2) 3 Eco MA course (4)* 3
Minor (4) 3 Liberal Arts Elective (6) 3
Minor (5) 8 Liberal Arts Elective (7) 3
Minor (6) 3 Liberal Arts Elective (8) 3
Liberal Arts Elective (4) 3 Liberal Arts Elective (9) 3
Liberal Arts Elective (5) 3 Liberal Arts Elective (10) 3
TOTAL 30 30
Total credits applying to BS degree: 122

*Eco MA courses could be required courses (Eco 500, 501, 520, or 521) or shared resources (400/500 level courses) such as Eco 405/505, Eco 410/510, Eco 455/530, Eco 445/545, Eco 446/546/ Eco 466/566, Eco 480/580.

MA in Economics Credits
Eco MA course (5) 3
Eco MA course (6) 3
Eco MA course (7) 3
Eco MA course (8) 3
Eco MA course (9) 3
Eco 698, Master’s Essay 3
TOTAL 18
Total credits applying to MA degree: 30, including twelve credits that also counted for the undergraduate BS degree.