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Combination Degree

Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Master of Arts in Economics

The Economics Major in the Department of Economics offers a combined degree program sequence combining the Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and the Master of Arts degree in Economics. Eligible students may substitute 12 semester hours of graduate courses for undergraduate courses. These letter-graded, graduate level courses earned with a grade of B or better are double-counted toward the 36 credits required for the Master of Arts (without thesis) in Economics.

The combined degree program allows students to complete the M.A. degree in as little as one year after receiving the B.A. degree. The program is designed to equip students with the economic theory and technical skills required to analyze practical problems in the private or government sector. This is a “terminal” masters program, and is intended for students with career interests in economic analysis and consulting and public policy. This program is not appropriate as an intermediate step to gaining admission to a Ph.D. in Economics program.

Course Schedule

All students complete graduate coursework in microeconomic theory, macroeconomic theory, and applied econometrics. The program consists of three twelve-credit semesters, during which the entire cohort takes a common set of courses. Students begin this program in their senior spring semester. All graduate Economics courses are four credits.

Term 1 (Spring)

  • Microeconomic Analysis

  • Macroeconomic Analysis

  • Econometric Analysis 1

Term 2 (Fall)

  • Game Theory and Industrial Organization

  • Monetary Economics

  • Econometric Analysis 2

Term 3 (Spring)

  • Graduate Economics Elective

  • Antitrust and Regulation

  • Applied Analysis of Economic Data

Students are not required to take courses during the summer between Terms 1 and 2. This period is intentionally set aside for students to pursue internships in their chosen field. Internships are critically important for identifying a desirable career path and gaining the work experience that is required for securing most full time positions.

Eligibility Requirements for the admission to the undergraduate portion of the combined degree program:

  • Minimum UF GPA of 3.25 and competitive GRE scores
  • Complete ECO 3101 and ECO 3203 with a B or better
  • Have completed 105 credits (including AP, IB, and Dual Enrollment) and all non-major requirements before beginning M.A. coursework.

Eligibility Requirements for admission to the graduate portion of the combined degree program:

  • Completion of the undergraduate portion of the combined degree program, with a B or better in all graduate courses
  • Meet the requirements for admission, including minimum GRE score, as established by the Graduate School and the Economics graduate program.

Interested students must apply to the combined degree program during the third week of their senior year. Upon acceptance, the Undergraduate Coordinator and Graduate Coordinator in the Department of Economics will approve 12 credits of 5000+ level courses that the student may take in their senior spring. The GRE should be taken by the summer before the senior year. In the spring of the senior year, the student will apply to the M.A. Program after applying for graduation for the B.A. degree. Upon acceptance to the M.A. program, the eligible combined degree graduate coursework will be transferred to count toward the M.A. degree during the first semester following award of the B.A. degree.

Students should note the following regarding tuition and fees in this program: 1) the tuition for graduate courses is higher than for undergraduate courses, regardless of whether the courses are taken as an undergraduate or graduate student, and 2) there is no guarantee of a stipend or tuition waiver for graduate students in the M.A. program.

Combination Degree Scholarship

 The Department of Economics may award scholarships to combined degree students during their first term. The motivation for offering this scholarship is to partially offset the higher cost of graduate tuition. Scholarship awards are based on a holistic review of all elements of an applicant’s combined degree application, but special emphasis is placed on academic achievements. For example, the Department of Economics will carefully consider a student’s undergraduate record and GRE scores when determining how to allocate scholarship awards.

Students do not need to apply separately for this scholarship. All students who are admitted into the combined degree program will be considered.