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Combined Bachelor's/Master's Degree

Program Description

The program will combine a BA or BS degree in economics with the MA degree in economics. High achieving students may enter the MA program at the beginning of their senior year. The MA degree provides the student with intensive, technical training in economics in preparation for careers and future study that demands advanced research and empirical techniques; and the ability to develop, formalize, and evaluate hypotheses.

The student must earn at least 31 hours of graduate credit to earn the MA degree. Twelve hours of the graduate credit may count towards both the undergraduate and graduate degree. The combined degree prepares the student for positions in the fields of finance, data analysis, consulting, and work related areas; and the pursuit of the PhD or advanced degrees in other fields.

Interest and Admission

Students may declare their interest in enrolling in a combined program anytime during their academic career at Miami, from the time they are admitted for an undergraduate degree. For more information see the graduate school site

To be fully admitted into the combined program, the student must be a full-time student who has completed ECO 311, ECO 315, and ECO 317 and who has a combined GPA for these 3 classes of 3.5 or above. They must also have completed MTH 151 and an additional MTH course at or above the 200 level. This takes careful planning, so please contact your advisor as soon as possible if you are considering the combined degree program.

Applications Procedures

To apply to a combined bachelor's/master's program, go to this site to complete the Graduate School online application and pay the $50 application fee. Be sure to check “combined program.” In lieu of letters of recommendation, students should sign a FERPA release (obtained from Economics office) authorizing us to speak with all of your economics professors.  An interview with the Director of Graduate Studies will substitute for a personal statement.

Student Classification and Graduation

Students in a combined program will remain as undergraduates until they apply for graduation or submit a request to the Graduate School to have their classification changed from undergraduate to graduate. Students must have completed a minimum of 128 hours to be classified as a graduate student (note: this change in classification will affect eligibility for financial aid). Students may receive their bachelor’s degree prior to completing their master’s degree. Upon receiving the bachelor’s degree, students will automatically be classified as graduate students. Students receiving the bachelor’s degree prior to completing the master’s degree can count up to 9 hours of graduate course work toward their bachelor’s degree with permission of the appropriate advisor(s) and dean(s) or their designee(s). Those hours can also count toward the completion of their master’s degree.

A Typical Schedule

Below is a typical schedule for an MA student. An undergraduate who seeks to use their senior year to complete their undergraduate degree and also to obtain the Masters would follow essentially the same schedule. The schedule may differ slightly from student to student. For example, a student who has a very strong math background may substitute an alternative course for Eco 514. Similarly, an undergraduate who plans to graduate with honors would likely substitute Eco 420D, advanced empirical applications, for Eco 663. In addition, an undergraduate who has a university or school graduate requirement, such as the completion of a thematic sequence, may take an additional course in the fall, winter session, or the spring. See below for a typical schedule:

Fall Semester

  • Eco 511: Advanced Empirical Methods (3)
  • Eco 514: Mathematical Economics (4)
  • Eco 615: Advanced Microeconomics (3)
  • Eco 672: Applied Time Series Analysis (3)

Spring Semester

There are two tracks the student can choose from: Applied Economics and Financial Economics. Each track will also need to sign up for Eco 700: Thesis Research.

  • Applied Economics Track
    • Eco 617: Advanced Microeconomics (3)
    • Eco 671: Topics in Applied Econometrics (3)
    • Two, 3 hour (500 level) electives in an area of interest (6)
  • Financial  Economics Track:
    • Eco 617: Advanced Microeconomics (3)
    • Eco 671: Topics in Applied Econometrics (3)
    • Fin 635: Investment Management (3)
    • Fin 675: Applied Corporate Finance (3)