Nov 30, 2022  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Economics BA/MA

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Program Delivery

  • This is an on-campus program.

Declaring This Major

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General Requirements

To earn a degree, students must satisfy all requirements in each of the three areas below, in addition to their individual major requirements.

Program Requirements

  1. Students must complete a 4+1 intent form to formally declare this program, as they work very closely with undergraduate and graduate advisors to ensure they are on track and completing requirements as necessary.

Course requirements

Undergraduate required courses (30 or 31 credit hours):


Undergraduate electives (9 credit hours):

Three undergraduate economics courses and at least 2 of them must be at 4000-level


Graduate courses (18 credit hours):

¹The “Seminar in Applied Economics” (ECON 6053, 6054) are 8-week 1.5 credit modules. After completing 3 credit hours of ECON 6053/6054 as part of the economics core, additional ECON 6053/6054 courses may be counted as electives


Graduate electives (9 credit hours):

Any course numbered 5000 or higher with an ECON prefix.


Total economics/mathematics credit hours = 66 or 67


Total credit hours for the combined degrees = 135


Note: the mathematics courses that students take also fulfill some of CU Denver (up to 8 hours) and CLAS (up to 4 hours) graduation requirements.


Dual credits

Students need to take only three electives at the undergraduate level; the three electives taken at the graduate level are double counted in fulfilling both BA and MA graduation requirements. ECON 5803 (Graduate Mathematical Economics) is waived or can be counted as one graduate-level elective. The total dual credits are 12 hours.


Additional graduation requirements

All other grade and GPA requirements towards the BA and MA degrees (e.g., a C- or better is needed in each undergraduate-level required course and a B- or better is needed in each graduate-level required course). Students are expected to meet all course prerequisites. Students will earn the BA degree in their fourth year upon completing all the requirements for the BA degree. Students are expected to be admitted to the Graduate School in their final two semesters prior to earning the MA degree.


Admission requirements

  1. Meet all general admission requirements of the Graduate School
  2. Be a current CU Denver Economics major with a GPA of 3.5 or better
  3. The following courses must have been completed at CU Denver with a grade of B+ or better: MATH 2411, MATH 2421, ECON 4071, and ECON 4811
  4. Students should apply in the semester when requirement 3 is satisfied (typically in the end of the fall semester of their junior year - as in the sample curriculum below)
  5. Students who do not meet requirements 2 and 3 may apply, but must submit GRE scores and two letters of recommendation; otherwise both are waived
  6. To apply, students should submit a regular application to the MA ECON program here: Students who meet the admission requirements are not required to pay the application fee, submit GRE scores, letters of recommendation, or a personal statement. Students must contact the graduate advisor after their application is submitted to have this material waived (


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