A “dual” degree means that students who complete the program earn two master’s degrees: M.A. in economics and M.S. in applied mathematics. Students interested in completing the dual degree in economics and applied mathematics must apply separately to each program, meet the admission requirements of each program, and be accepted by each program. If one program accepts a student for the dual degree but the other program does not, then the student may not graduate under the dual degree program. Students may apply to both programs at the same time or apply to the economics program first, and then to the applied math program after their first semester, or vice versa. Both programs must be completed in the same semester to take advantage of the dual degree program.

Degree Requirements

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 12 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 - Seminar in Applied Economics
  • ECON 6054 - Seminar in Applied Economics II
  • ECON 6073 - Research Seminar
  • MATH 5070 - Applied Analysis 11 of 19
  • MATH 5310 – Probability
  • MATH 5320 - Statistics  
  • MATH 5718 - Applied Linear Algebra
  • MATH 6330 - Workshop in Statistical Consulting
  • MATH 6388 - Advanced Statistical Methods for Research


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.