Applied Economics (M.S.)

Five-Year B.A./M.S. Track

The Five-Year B.A./M.S. track is an accelerated, rigorous program option available to undergraduates who maintain a 3.3 GPA and who show the ability and discipline necessary to successfully complete an accelerated combination undergraduate and graduate program in economics.

The track allows a student to receive the Bachelor of Arts in Economics and the Master of Science in Applied Economics in five years. This special undergraduate core is more rigorous than the traditional undergraduate core. Students are allowed to take 500-level and 600-level courses prior to graduation and count some or all of these credits towards the bachelor's degree. However, students may opt out early with a bachelor's degree provided that certain course requirements are satisfied.

In addition to the accelerated timetable, the five-year track differs from the stand alone Bachelor of Arts in Economics track:

  • Students in the five-year track may double count certain 500-level economics courses for either graduate or undergraduate credit. Students will be expected to enroll in these courses during their senior year.​
  • Students may enroll in the thesis, starred paper or internship tracks between their fourth and fifth years. They are encouraged to begin work on their projects during the summer between their fourth and fifth years.
  • Students may complete the Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Master of Arts in Applied Economics with 13 fewer required semester credits than if they chose to take the programs through the traditional tracks. 
  • This reduction in required credits is made possible by allowing students to double count 12 credits of 400/500 level courses, including two courses which are core requirements for the graduate degree, three fewer credits of university electives and three fewer economics electives.
  • Students must maintain at a minimum a 3.0 GPA throughout their fourth and fifth-year in the program.