Accelerated BA/MA in Economics Program

This is an accelerated five-year BA/MA program that allows you to earn a graduate degree in less time with the added advantage of a higher starting pay and more job opportunities. After successful completion of this program, you will receive both a bachelor and Master of Arts degree in economics.

BA/MA Contract - PDF

BA/MA Sample Curriculum - PDF

Program highlights

  • You are expected to finish the core course requirements and most of the electives for the bachelor's degree in the first three years of the program.
  • You are asked to formally apply to the accelerated program through the Graduate School during the third year of study. Upon acceptance students will be expected to complete the remaining electives of the bachelor's degree and the requirements of the master's degree during the last two years of study.
  • You will register in at least nine graduate credits in each of the last three semesters of the program. Six hours of graduate elective coursework can be applied to both the bachelor’s and master’s degree.
  • You will be eligible for a graduate assistantship only in these last 3 semesters of the program and must be registered for at least nine graduate credits in each of those semesters. (Graduate assistantship requirements)
  • The distinctive advantage of this accelerated five-year BA/MA program is that if you are an undergraduate economics major, you can earn a master’s degree in economics with only one additional year of training. You could also get a higher pay.

Why consider a Master’s Degree in Economics?

Education pays in higher earnings and lower unemployment rates

Education Pay 2015

Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Population Survey. Available at;

Last modified: April 2, 2015