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Accelerated Masters Program for Undergraduates—B.A. in Economics and Master of Public Affairs (M.P.A.)

The accelerated program in Economics and Public Affairs provides the opportunity for a student to complete a B.A. in Economics (122 s.h.) within a four-year period and to shorten the time required to finish the Master of Public Affairs degree.

Interested students should:

  • Have Summer School credit or Advanced Placement credit in order to reduce the number of required hours necessary to be taken during the senior year. See Course Credit and Advanced Placement to see courses for which AP credit is available.
  • Identify themselves as potential accelerated candidates early in their academic careers in order to receive appropriate advising. Although formal admission to an accelerated program usually occurs in the junior year, careful selection of undergraduate courses beginning in the freshman year is essential. Interested students should talk with an advisor in the department of Economics as early as possible.
  • Take the GRE in the spring of the junior year.
  • Seek admission to The Graduate School in the fall of the senior year.

Requirements for Combined Accelerated
B.A. in Economics and Master of Public Affairs (M.P.A.)

A. GEC Component (36–37 semester hours)

See complete GEC requirements, available AP credit and CAR requirements.

Special GEC requirements for this program:



Mathematics (GMT)—MAT 150 or 121


Reasoning and Discourse (GRD)
ENG 101 or FMS 103 or RCO 101, and ENG 102


Social and Behavioral Sciences (GSB)—ECO 201, 202



B. Economics Major Requirements (30–37 semester hours)

NOTE: a grade of C- in ECO 301 and a minimum GPA of 2.0 is required for admission to the Department of Economics.

1. ECO 201 and 202, 250, 301, 327, 346


2. ECO electives


Total semester hours



C. Electives (46–53 semester hours)

1. Recommended in PSC: PSC 210, 310


2. Other recommended electives: ACC 201, 202,
MGT 312, 320, 330


3. Other electives


Total semester hours



Total undergraduate semester hours



D. Related Requirements for Master of Public Affairs (M.P.A.) (43 semester hours)

Senior Year (14 s.h.)


PSC 600, 602, 511C (fall)


PSC 601, 603, 603L, 511B (spring)


Summer following Senior year (6 s.h.)


PSC 695, 696 (internship)


Graduate or 5th Year (19 s.h.)


PSC 511J, 604, two PSC electives, Comps I (fall)


PSC 612, two PSC electives, Comps II (spring)


Summer following 5th year (3 s.h.)


one 3-hour PSC elective


Total M.P.A. semester hours