Department of Economics
Combined Bachelor's / Master's Programs

Combined Bachelor's/Master's Programs

A combined B.S./M.A. program in economics provides students of recognized academic ability and educational maturity the opportunity to fulfill integrated requirements for the undergraduate and graduate degrees. Also available are combined programs leading to a bachelor's degree (B.A. or B.S.) in Economics and a master's degree in Business Administration (M.B.A.), Public Administration (M.P.A.), or Health Policy and Management (M.S.). With careful planning, it is possible to earn both degrees in five years or less.

Prospective Requirements

To qualify for the bachelor's degree (B.A. or B.S., as approved), students must meet all requirements for the undergraduate major and minor described previously, the minimum credit liberal arts and sciences requirement, the general education requirements, and the residency requirements. To qualify for the master's degree (M.A., M.B.A., M.P.A., or M.S.), students must meet all requirements as outlined in the Graduate Bulletin including the completion of required graduate credits and any other conditions such as a research seminar, thesis, comprehensive examination, professional experience, and residence requirements. Up to 12 graduate credits may be applied simultaneously to the bachelor's and master's programs.

Students may be admitted to one of the combined degree programs at the beginning of their junior year, or after the successful completion of 56 credits. A grade point average of at least 3.30 (M.B.A.) or 3.20 (M.A., M.P.A. and M.S.) and three letters of recommendation are required. Students interested in learning more about the programs should contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Economics. 


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