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

The Joint-Degree Program between the Department of Economics and The Bush School of Government and 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 6 hours of Bush School courses toward the undergraduate major coursework area, 3 hours toward ECMT 463, and up to 9 hours toward general electives in Bachelor of Science 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 1
ECON 202Principles of Economics3
ECON 203Principles of Economics3
ECON 323Microeconomic Theory 23
ECON 410Macroeconomic Theory3
Economics electives 1,321
Introduction to Econometrics 4
Economic Forecasting
ACCT 209Survey of Accounting Principles3
ACCT 210Survey of Managerial and Cost Accounting Principles3
College and University Requirements 5
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
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 33
ECMT 463Introduction to Econometrics 3,43
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 821
Total Semester Credit Hours120
MPSA Degree Requirements48
BUSH 631Quantitative Methods in Public Management I
BUSH 635Quantitative Methods in Public Management II: Policy Analysis Emphasis
PSAA 601Foundations of Public Service
PSAA 611Public Policy Formation
PSAA 615Policy Analysis
PSAA 621Economic Analysis
PSAA 622Public Finance
PSAA 643Foundations of the Nonprofit Sector
PSAA 675Public Service and Administration Capstone Seminar
PSAA 676Public Service and Administration Capstone Seminar II
Electives

Total of 33 credits. No more than 39 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.

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

Students will double-count 6 hours of Bush School courses toward the undergraduate major coursework area, 3 hours toward ECMT 463, and up to 9 hours toward general electives in Bachelor of Science 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 631, BUSH 632, BUSH 635; PSAA 621 PSAA 621 PSAA 621PSAA 621PSAA 621, PSAA 622, PSAA 638PSAA 663/AGEC 604, PSAA 674 .

See the MPSA program in the Graduate and Professional catalog for the MPSA requirements.