Economics - 5-Year Bachelor of Arts/Master of International Affairs

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 International Affairs Program, with a focus in International Economics and Development, 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 international economic development along with skills in diplomacy, research, and development of a global perspective.

Students will be required to complete the same two-year, 48-hour curriculum as other students admitted to the Bush School’s MPIA 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 in Economics.  At the completion of the joint degree, students are prepared for a wide variety of post-graduate opportunities including: employment in global commerce, government, government contracting, national security, and transfer pricing.

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. 

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
ECON 202 Principles of Economics 3
ENGL 104 Composition and Rhetoric 3
Select one of the following: 3
Mathematics for Business and Social Sciences  
Calculus II for Biological Sciences  
Engineering Mathematics II  
Calculus  
Foreign language 1 4
Life and physical sciences 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
ECON 203 Principles of Economics 3
Select one of the following: 3
Business Calculus  
Calculus I for Biological Sciences  
Engineering Mathematics I  
Analytic Geometry and Calculus  
Foreign language 1 4
Government/Political science 3
Language, philosophy and culture 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Second Year
Fall
ECMT 461 Economic Data Analysis 3
ECON 323 Microeconomic Theory 2 3
Foreign language 1 3
Government/Political science 3
Social and behavioral sciences 3
Literature directed elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
Spring
ECON 410 Macroeconomic Theory 3
American history 3
Creative arts 3
Foreign language 1 3
Economics elective 3 3
General elective 4 1
 Semester Credit Hours16
Third Year
Fall
Communication 3
Life and physical sciences 3
Social and behavioral sciences 3
Economics elective 3 3
Economics elective 3 3
General elective 4 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
Spring
ACCT 209 Survey of Accounting Principles 3
American history 3
Language, philosophy and culture or creative arts 3
Life and physical sciences 3
Economics elective 3 3
Literature directed elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
Fourth Year
Fall
BUSH 631 Quantitative Methods in Public Management I 5 3
INTA 601 Leadership in International Affairs: Institutions, Organizations and People 5 3
INTA 606 International Politics in Theory and Practice 5 3
INTA 608 Fundamentals of the Global Economy 6 3
 Semester Credit Hours12
Spring
BUSH 635 Quantitative Methods in Public Management II: Policy Analysis Emphasis 6 3
INTA 605 American Foreign Policy Since World War II 3
BUSH elective 7 3
INTA elective 6 3
 Semester Credit Hours12
Fifth Year
Fall
BUSH/INTA elective 7 3
BUSH/INTA elective 7 3
INTA elective 7 3
INTA elective 7 3
 Semester Credit Hours12
Spring
INTA 670 International Affairs Capstone Seminar 3
INTA elective 7 3
INTA elective 7 3
INTA elective 7 3
 Semester Credit Hours12
 Total Semester Credit Hours150

Graduation requirements include 3 hours of International and Cultural Diversity courses and 3 hours of Cultural Discourse courses. A course satisfying a Core category, a college/department requirement, or a free elective can be used to satisfy this requirement. The required 6 hours may be met by courses satisfying other areas of a degree program. See your academic advisor for further information.

No more than 36 credits in economics and econometrics can be applied to this degree. A grade of C or higher is required for all Economics and Econometrics coursework.

The program includes a total of 168 hours which up to 18 hours may be applied toward both the Bachelor of Arts in Economics and the Master of International Affairs.

Students can double-count up to 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 in Economics.

Economic Electives

In addition to the electives for the BA in ECON, the following courses may be selected for the ECON-MIA program: BUSH 632, BUSH 635; INTA 608, INTA 616, INTA 625, INTA 630, INTA 632.

See the MIA program in the Graduate and Professional Catalog for the MIA requirements.