Overview

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, some or all of the graduate level ECON course taken as an undergraduate student may be counted again towards the M.A. degree in economics.  The maximum number of dual credit hours that can be applied to both degrees is 12.  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.

Course Requirements

Undergraduate required courses (30 or 31 credit hours):

  • ECON 2012 – Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECON 2022 – Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECON 4071 – Intermediate Microeconomic Theory
  • ECON 4081 – Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory
  • ECON 4811 – Introduction to Econometrics
  • MATH 1401 – Calculus I
  • MATH 2411 – Calculus II
  • MATH 2421 – Calculus III
  • MATH 3382 – Statistical Theory (3 hours) or ECON 3811 – Statistics with Computer Applications (4 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)

ECON 5803 (Graduate Mathematical Economics) can be waived with the gradaute advisors approval.  Students who have ECON 5803 waived will be required to complete 12 elective credit hours.

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.

Total economics/mathematics credit hours = 66 or 67
Total credit hours for the combined degrees = 138

Note: the mathematics courses that students take also fulfill some of CU Denver (up to 8 hours) and CLAS (up to 4 hours) graduation requirements.

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.

Admission requirements

  • Meet all general admission requirements of the Graduate School
  • Be a current CU Denver Economics major with a GPA of 3.5 or better
  • The following courses must have been completed at CU Denver with a grade of B+ or better: MATH 2411, MATH 2421, ECON 4071, and ECON 4811
  • Students should apply in the semester when the 3rd admission requirement is satisfied (typically in the end of the fall semester of their junior year - as in the sample curriculum below)
  • Students who do not meet the 1st and 2nd admission requirement may apply, but must submit GRE scores and two letters of recommendation; otherwise both are waived

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 (brian.duncan@ucdenver.edu).

Sample curriculum

Year Fall Spring
1 MATH 1401 - Calculus-I MATH 2411 - Calculus-II
2

MATH 2421 - Calculus-III

ECON 2022 - Principle Micro

ECON 2012 – Principle Macro

Math3382 - Statistic Theory

3

ECON 4071 - Int. Micro

ECON 4811 - Intro Metrics

Under elective-1

ECON 4081 - Int. Macro

Under elective-2

4

ECON 5073 - Micro Theory

ECON 5813 - Econometrics I

Under elective-3

ECON 5083 - Macro Theory

ECON 5823 - Econometrics II

ECON 6054 - Applied Economics

5

ECON 6073-Research Seminar

Grad elective-1

Grad elective-2

Grad elective-3