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2012-2013 CU Denver Catalog 
2012-2013 CU Denver 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: Dan Rees (daniel.rees@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.

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 Statistics will make a student highly employable in the job market and provide them an edge in applying for elite PhD programs. 


Admission Requirements 

Deadlines for Application: Fall                  June 1        
  Spring   December 1

Applicants must:

  • Meet all general requirements of the Graduate School (including a 2.50 undergraduate grade-point average).
  • Submit three letters of recommendation (at least two of your letters of recommendation should come from individuals who are familiar with your scholarly record)
  • Submit two copies of official transcripts from all colleges attended
  • Have completed 15 credit hours of undergraduate economics (including intermediate microeconomic theory and intermediate macroeconomic theory)
  • Have completed courses in calculus and statistics
  • All applicants, international and domestic, must submit GRE scores regardless of prior degrees, course work, or work experience. The institution code for CU Denver is 4875. Most students admitted to the MA program score 690 or above on the quantitative section of the GRE, but there is not a minimum GRE cutoff score.
  • International students must submit TOEFL scores. The required minimum score is 197 (computer-based TOEFL), 71 (IBT-based TOEFL), 525 (paper-based TOEFL), or 6.0 (IELTS). The institution code for CU Denver is 4875.

The Department of Economics accepts late applications after these official deadlines. However, there is no guarantee that a late application will be processed in time for the start of the semester. Students are encouraged to apply well before the application deadline.

International students who apply after the June 1 or November 1 deadline may not have time to obtain a student visa. Being admitted to the MA program in economics does not guarantee that a student will receive a student visa in time for the start of the semester. International students who are admitted to the MA program, but fail to obtain a visa in time, may defer admission for up to one year. All questions about student visas should be directed to the Office of International Education .

Course Requirements

42 credit hours: 21 in Economics and 21 in Mathematics and Statistical Sciences

Core Courses

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

Core Total: 36 Hours


Take one additional three-credit-hour course in each of economics and mathematics, at the 5000-level or above.

Electives Total: 6 Hours


Dual Degree Total: 42 Hours

The following courses do not count toward any graduate degree in applied mathematics: MCKE 5000-5009, MCKE 5011, MATH 5010, MATH 5012-5017, MATH 5198 AND MATH 5250.


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