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2014-2015 Graduate Catalog 
2014-2015 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Economics MA/Applied Mathematics MS Dual Degree, with a focus in Applied Statistics

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Admissions Advisor: Brian Duncan (brian.duncan@ucdenver.edu)
Schedule Advisor: Hani Mansour (Hani.Mansour@ucdenver.edu)

The fields of mathematics and economics are inextricably linked. In economics, mathematics and statistics are used extensively in theory construction, tests of existing theories and discovery of regularities to inform new theories. Economics also gives mathematicians/statisticians new challenges, new outlets and new ideas to incorporate in mathematics. These complementarities have long been recognized and economics graduate students have always been advised to take advanced courses in statistics.

A “dual” degree means that students who complete the program earn two master’s degrees: MA in economics and MS in applied mathematics. Students interested in completing the dual degree in economics and applied mathematics must apply separately to each program, meet the admission requirements of each program, and be accepted by each program. If one program accepts a student for the dual degree but the other program does not, then the student may not graduate under the dual degree program. Students may apply to both programs at the same time or apply to the economics program first, and then to the applied math program after their first semester, or vice versa. Both programs must be completed in the same semester to take advantage of the dual degree program. Further information about this program can be obtained from either the Department of Economics or the Math Department.

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There are an increasing number of economics MA students wishing to obtain graduate training and a degree in statistics. Having an MA degree in economics and an MS degree in Applied Mathematics will make a student highly employable in the job market and provide them an edge in applying for elite PhD programs.

Degree Requirements

The requirements for the dual degree in economics and applied mathematics include completing 21 credit hours in ECON and 21 credit hours in MATH (42 total credit hours).

Students are expected to meet all course prerequisites. ECON 5803 – Mathematical Economics is a prerequisite for ECON 5073 - Microeconomic Theory and ECON 5813 - Econometrics I. This prerequisite requirement is waived for students who are currently admitted to the MS Applied Mathematics program.

A grade of B- or better is required in all courses, with a cumulative grade point average of B (3.0) or above. No course may be taken more than twice.


One 5000 or higher course with a MATH prefix (3 semester hours), except MATH 5000-5010, MATH 5017, MATH 5198, and MATH 5250. Contact a graduate advisor in the Math Department for information about Math course requirements.

One 5000 or higher course with an ECON prefix (3 semester hours).

Contact a graduate advisor in the Economics Department for information about Econ course requirements.

Total: 6 Hours

Dual Degree Total: 42 Hours

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