Degree requirements for Dual M.A./M.S. in Economics and Applied Mathematics 

The requirements for the dual degree in economics and applied mathematics include completing 21 credit hours in ECON and 21 credit hours in MATH (42 total credit hours).

Students are expected to meet all course prerequisites. ECON 5803 – Mathematical Economics is a prerequisite for ECON 5073 - Microeconomic Theory and ECON 5813 - Econometrics I. This prerequisite requirement is waived for students who are currently admitted to the MS Applied Mathematics program.

A grade of B- or better is required in all courses, with a cumulative grade point average of B (3.0) or above. No course may be taken more than twice.

Core Courses

The following 13 courses (36 hours) are required of all dual degree students:

  • ECON 5073 Microeconomic Theory
  • ECON 5083 Macroeconomic Theory
  • ECON 5813 Econometrics I
  • ECON 5823 Econometrics II
  • ECON 6053/6054 Seminar in Applied Economics
  • ECON 6073 Research Seminar
  • MATH 5070 Applied Analysis
  • MATH 5310 Probability
  • MATH 5320 Statistical Inference
  • MATH 5718 Applied Linear Algebra
  • MATH 6330 Workshop in Statistical Consulting
  • One of the following:
    • MATH 5394 Experimental Designs
    • MATH 6376 Statistical Computing
    • MATH 6380 Stochastic Processes
    • MATH 6384 Spatial Data Analysis
    • MATH 6393 Multivariate Methods
    • MATH 7384 Mathematical Probability
    • MATH 7826 Topics in Probability and Statistics
    • An additional MATH course given prior approval by the student's advisor and the Director of the Program in Statistics

The "Seminar in Applied Economics" (ECON 6053, 6054) are 8-week 1.5 credit modules, two of which are offered each semester.  These courses expose students to economic literature employing quantitative analysis within the fields being covered in the modules. Modules will include, for example, labor economics, public finance, monetary economics, and economic development. The students will be required to take two of these 8-week modules as part of the core; up to two additional modules can be taken for elective credit.


Dual degree students must also choose two elective courses, according to the following guidelines:

  • One 5000 or higher course with a MATH prefix (3 semester hours), except MATH 5000-5010, MATH 5017, MATH 5198, MATH 5250 and MATH 5830.
  • One 5000 or higher course with an ECON prefix (3 semester hours).

Contact a graduate advisor in the Economics Department for information about Economics course requirements.

Graduate Examinations

  • Students must successfully defend a capstone research paper that demonstrates their proficiency in the knowledge and skills comprising the MA degree in economics. 
  • A final examination in Mathematics consisting of an oral presentation is required (no associated course or credit).