In this course of study, students earn both a BA and MS degree in less time than it generally takes to complete the two degrees separately.
The BA/MS degree is intended for students who desire a more quantitative master's-level training in economics, with the aim of pursuing a career in rigorous financial analysis and in international economics; industrial economics; economics consulting; quantitative risk management in a financial institution; teaching at the university level; performing research at a government agency or think tank; or preparing to enter a PhD program in economics or a related business field.
Students begin this process by pursuing a standard BA in Economics track until their junior year, at which time those with a qualifying GPA may apply to the BA/MS track. Once accepted, students begin taking courses in the Master's of Science program.
Why pursue a combined BA/MS degree?
The BA/MS degree emphasizes the acquisition of applied econometric skills that can then be used to perform business research, which is increasingly in-demand.The BA/MS degree also provides the most advanced training in economics possible, short of obtaining the PhD degree.
Interested students should consult the Director of Undergraduate Studies and the Assistant Director of the MS Program as early as possible in their decision-making process in order to develop a sequence of coursework that is appropriate to their interests and objectives. Students must meet the requirements of both the BA and MS portions of the program.
150 credit hours are required for the combined BA/MS degree.
If, after entering the BA/MS program, a student wishes to withdraw from the MS portion, it is important to note that only six graduate credits can be used toward the BA degree without special approval from the Dean of Undergraduate Education.
BA/MS Core Courses
Substitutions and Waivers
ECO 505, ECO 507 and ECO 576 may be substituted for ECO 405, ECO 407 and ECO 406, respectively, with the permission of the Director of the MS Program. A waiver exam may be taken for ECO 580 and ECO 581. (Please contact the Assistant Director of the MS Program for details.) Please note: Even with specific course waiver approval, a student must fulfill the degree credit requirements by choosing a graduate elective. A total of 18 undergraduate economics credits and 45 MS credits are still required for the degree.
BA/MS students may choose the general MS track or one of two specializations: