Economics - 5-Year Bachelor of Arts/Master of Public Service Administration

The Joint-Degree Program between the Department of Economics and The Bush School of Government & Public Service allows undergraduate Economics students to enter the Master of Public Service Program, with a focus in Public Policy Analysis, at the beginning of their fourth year at Texas A&M University. This program combines the teaching of analytical thinking skills and applications to better understand human behavior as it relates to public policy and management along with skills in leadership and research methods.

Students will be required to complete the same two-year, 48-hour curriculum as other students admitted to the Bush School’s MPSA program.  Students will double-count 9 hours of Bush School courses toward the undergraduate major coursework area and up to 9 hours toward general electives in the Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. At the completion of the joint degree, students are prepared for a wide variety of post-graduate opportunities including: employment in local, state or federal government, non-profit organizations, or government contracting.

Students interested in this program will apply during the fall of their junior year and, if admitted, begin taking masters-level courses in the fall of their senior year with an undergraduate classification.  Students are reclassified as degree seeking master's students upon completing 96 credit hours, typically in the following semester. These credit hours must include all specific course prerequisites for a baccalaureate degree in Economics, as well as the courses required by the College of Liberal Arts and by Texas A&M University for an undergraduate degree. 

Core Requirements
ECON 202Principles of Economics3
ECON 203Principles of Economics3
ECON 323Microeconomic Theory 13
ECON 410Macroeconomic Theory3
Economics electives 221
ACCT 209Survey of Accounting Principles3
College and University Requirements 3
ENGL 104Composition and Rhetoric3
Select one of the following:3
Writing about Literature
Technical and Business Writing
Public Speaking
Communication for Technical Professions
Argumentation and Debate
Literature in English6
Foreign Language 414
MATH 141Finite Mathematics3
or MATH 166   or Topics in Contemporary Mathematics II 
Select one of the following:3
Mathematical Concepts—Calculus
Engineering Mathematics I
Business Calculus
ECMT 461Economic Data Analysis 53
Life and physical sciences9
Language, philosophy and culture3
Creative arts3
Language, philosophy and culture or creative arts3
Social and behavioral sciences 66
American history6
POLS 206American National Government3
POLS 207State and Local Government3
International and Cultural Diversity 7
Free Electives 813
Total Semester Credit Hours120
1

ECON 323 is a pre-requisite for most ECON electives

2

ECON 322 may not be applied toward the major.

3

No course can be counted in more than one category.

4

Courses do not satisfy the College of Liberal Arts Language, Philosophy and Culture requirement or Creative Arts requirement.

5

Must make a grade of C or better.

6

ECON 100-ECON 499 and ECMT 100-ECMT 499 may not be used to fulfill this requirement.

7

6 hours required. These courses may also be used to satisfy any other requirement.

8

The student may select any courses other than economics courses and ENGL 103 as free electives. No more than 11 credits of any combination of military, air or naval science and physical activity will be allowed to count as electives.  Students may also use up to 13 hours of free electives to pursue a minor.  

Total of 33 credits. No more than 36 credits in economics and econometrics can be applied to this degree. A grade of C or higher is required for a course to be counted in the major field (Economics and Econometrics coursework)

Students are reclassified as degree seeking master's students upon completing 96 credit hours, typically in the following semester.

Students will double-count 9 hours of Bush School courses toward the undergraduate major coursework area and up to 9 hours toward general electives in the Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics.

Economic Electives

In addition to the electives for the BA in ECON, the following courses may be selected for the ECON-MPSA program: BUSH 632, BUSH 635; PSAA 621, PSAA 622, PSAA 638PSAA 640, PSAA 674.

See the MPSA program in the Graduate Catalog for MPSA requirements.