The 5-year BA/MA program in economics allows qualified undergraduate students to take graduate level economic courses and count them towards their B.A. degree in economics. After completing the B.A. in economics, up to 12 graduate level ECON credits taken as an undergraduate student may be counted again towards the M.A. in Economics degree. This allows a student to complete both the B.A. and M.A. in economics in as few as five years. Students who decide not to pursue a M.A. degree in economics at CU Denver after earning a B.A. degree in economics retain their B.A. degree along with all other undergraduate credentials on their transcripts. Learn more about the M.A. degree in economics here.
Undergraduate required courses (30 or 31 credit hours):
Undergraduate electives (9 credit hours):
Three undergraduate economics courses and at least 2 of them must be at 4000-level.
Graduate required courses (21 credit hours):
- ECON 5803 - Mathematical Economics (3 credits)1
- ECON 5073 - Microeconomics Theory (3 credits)
- ECON 5083 - Macroeconomics Theory (3 credits)
- ECON 5813 - Econometrics I (3 credits)
- ECON 5823 - Econometrics II (3 credits)
- ECON 6053/6054 - Seminar in Applied Economics (3 credits)2
- ECON 6073 - Research Seminar (3 credits)
1 ECON 5803 (Graduate Mathematical Economics) can be waived with the graduate advisor's approval. Students who have ECON 5803 waived will be required to complete 12 gradaute elective credit hours.
2 The "Seminar in Applied Economics" (ECON 6053, 6054) are 8-week 1.5 credit modules. After completing 3 credit hours of ECON 6053/6054 as part of the economics core, additional ECON 6053/6054 courses may be counted as electives.
Graduate electives (9 credit hours):
Any course numbered 5000 or higher with an ECON prefix.
Dual credits (12 credit hours)
Students only need to take three ECON electives at the undergraduate level; up to four courses taken at the graduate level can be double counted in fulfilling both the BA and MA graduation requirements. The maximum number of dual credit hours is 12.
Additional graduation requirements
All other grade and GPA requirements towards the BA and MA degrees (e.g., a C- or better is needed in each undergraduate-level required course and a B- or better is needed in each graduate-level required course). Students are expected to meet all course prerequisites.
Students will earn the BA degree upon completing all the requirements for the BA degree. Students are expected to be admitted to the Graduate School in their final two semesters prior to earning the M.A. degree.
To apply, students should submit a regular application to the MA ECON program here. Students who meet the admission requirements are not required to pay the application fee, submit GRE scores, letters of recommendation, or a personal statement. Students must contact the graduate advisor after their application is submitted to have this material waived (Andrew.Friedson@ucdenver.edu).
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