4+1 BA/MS in Economics

The 4+1 program offers students an opportunity to earn a BA in Economics and a Master's degree within five years. Students can obtain one of two Master's degrees:

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate from the MA in Economics program will be prepared for a number of career options, including work as an economic or public policy analyst, or in applied research in a government institution or firm.

Students who graduate with an MS in International and Development Economics may pursue a number of careers related to policy making and research in developing countries. The BA/MS program in the Department of Economics also makes excellent preparation for a PhD program in economics or a related field.

Admission

Students joining USF as a freshman can apply for admission to the 4+1 program from any major if they fulfill the following requirements:

  • sophomore standing
  • obtain a 3.5 GPA in Principles of Microeconomics, Principles of Macroeconomics, Intermediate Microeconomics, Intermediate Macroeconomics Calculus I and Calculus II. (Students joining USF with AP units will be evaluated individually.)

Transfer students can apply for admission to the 4+1 program from any major if they fulfill the following requirements:

  • obtain a 3.5 GPA in Principles of Microeconomics, Principles of Macroeconomics, Calculus I and Calculus II
  • obtain a 3.5 GPA in two 300-level or higher courses approved by the Economic Graduate Advisor and taken at USF

Students in the five-year program begin to take graduate-level courses when they achieve senior-level standing at the University. Students graduate with the BA and officially matriculate into the MA program upon completion of College graduation requirements, including 128 units within which graduate courses will substitute for undergraduate courses in satisfying the BA requirement. The total units required for the Joint BA/MA Program in Economics is 152 units.

Requirements

152 units

Required Courses

Undergraduate

  • ECON 111 Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECON 112 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECON 120 Economic Methods
  • ECON 311 Intermediate Microeconomics
  • ECON 312 Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • ECON 320 Econometrics
  • ECON 318 Game Theory
  • ECON 415 Mathematics for Economists
  • MATH 109 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
  • MATH 110 Calculus and Analytic Geometry II

One other advanced math course such as Math 130, 211, or 300 (ENCF)

Masters Program

  • ECON 601 Microeconomics: Theory and Applications
  • ECON 602 Macroeconomics: Theory and Applications
  • ECON 627 Applied Econometrics for International and Development Economics
    MA in IDEF only
  • ECON 623 Field Research Methods
    MA in IDEF only
  • ECON 690 Graduate Seminar

Electives

MA in Economics

Six classes must be taken from Economics 600-level courses. Other units may be taken in related areas such a mathematics or administration. In addition students must successfully pass the Comprehensive Exam.

MS in International Development and Economics

Four other classes must be taken from the Economics 670 series.