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 & 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.
|Code||Title||Semester Credit Hours|
|Core Requirements 1|
|ECON 202||Principles of Economics||3|
|ECON 203||Principles of Economics||3|
|ECON 323||Microeconomic Theory 2||3|
|ECON 410||Macroeconomic Theory||3|
|Economics electives 1,3||21|
|Introduction to Econometrics 4|
|ACCT 209||Survey of Accounting Principles||3|
|ACCT 210||Survey of Managerial and Cost Accounting Principles||3|
|College and University Requirements 5|
|ENGL 104||Composition and Rhetoric||3|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Writing about Literature|
|Technical and Business Writing|
|Communication for Technical Professions|
|Argumentation and Debate|
|Literature in English||6|
|MATH 141||Finite Mathematics||3|
|or MATH 166||or Topics in Contemporary Mathematics II|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Engineering Mathematics I|
|ECMT 461||Economic Data Analysis 3||3|
|ECMT 463||Introduction to Econometrics 3,4||3|
|Life and physical sciences||9|
|Language, philosophy and culture||3|
|Language, philosophy and culture or creative arts||3|
|Social and behavioral sciences 6||6|
|POLS 206||American National Government||3|
|POLS 207||State and Local Government||3|
|International and Cultural Diversity 7|
|Free Electives 8||21|
|Total Semester Credit Hours||120|
ECON 322 may not be applied toward the major.
ECON 323 is a pre-requisite for most ECON electives.
Must make a grade of C or better.
Student must complete ECMT 461 or equivalent STAT course (Pre-approved by an advisor) prior to ECMT 463.
No course can be counted in more than one category.
6 required hours. These courses may also be used to satisfy any other requirement.
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 18 hours of free electives to pursue a minor.
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.
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 622, PSAA 638, PSAA 663/AGEC 604, PSAA 674.
See the MPSA program in the Graduate Catalog for MPSA requirements.