Economics - 5-Year Bachelor of Science/Master of Science in Economics

The Department of Economics offers a five year joint degree program that provides the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Science in Economics and a Master of Science in Economics with a focus in either Financial Economics or Financial Econometrics.  The MS in Economics Program is a professional, terminal masters degree focused on analytical and quantitative skills in the field of financial economics.  In this program, the undergraduate degree requirements are slightly modified to require more mathematics courses in an effort to prepare students for the more rigorous masters-level coursework.  Students will double count six hours of masters-level coursework toward the undergraduate degree and complete both the undergraduate degree and the 36-hour Masters degree in five years. At the completion of the degree, students are well-prepared for careers in the financial sector such as: trading analyst, financial consultant, data analyst, distribution analyst and loan administrator.

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  
American history 3
Creative arts 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
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  
Communication 3
Government/Political science 3
Language, philosophy and culture 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Second Year
Fall
ACCT 209 Survey of Accounting Principles 3
ECMT 461 Economic Data Analysis 3
ECON 323 Microeconomic Theory 1 3
Language, philosophy and culture or creative arts 3
Social and behavioral sciences 3
Literature directed elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
Spring
ACCT 210 Survey of Managerial and Cost Accounting Principles 3
ECMT 463 Introduction to Econometrics 2 3
Government/Political science 3
Life and physical sciences 3
Economics elective 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Third Year
Fall
ECON 410 Macroeconomic Theory 3
American history 3
Life and physical sciences 3
Economics elective 3 3
Literature directed elective 3
General elective 4 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
Spring
ISTM 209 Business Information Systems Concepts 3
Life and physical sciences 3
Social and behavioral sciences 3
Economics elective 3 3
Economics elective 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall
Economics elective 3 3
General elective 4 3
General elective 4 3
General elective 4 3
 Semester Credit Hours12
Spring
ECMT 674 Economic Forecasting 3
ECON 607 Foundations of Microeconomic Theory 3
General elective 4 3
General elective 4 3
 Semester Credit Hours12
Summer
ECON 684 Professional Internship 6
 Semester Credit Hours6
Fifth Year
Fall
ECMT 673 Economic Analytics 3
ECMT 675 Econometrics I 3
ECON/ECMT elective 5 3
ECON/ECMT elective 5 3
 Semester Credit Hours12
Spring
ECON 611 Foundations of Macroeconomic Theory 3
ECON/ECMT elective 5 3
ECON/ECMT elective 5 3
ECON/ECMT elective 5 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.

The program includes a total of 156 hours which up to 6 hours may be applied toward both the Bachelor of Science in Economics and the Master of Science in Economics.

Students enrolled in the BS-MS-ECON degree program may double count ECON 607 and ECMT 674 toward the undergraduate major requirements. 

No more than 39 credits in economics and econometrics can be applied to this degree.  A grade of C or higher is required for all Economics and Econometrics courses.