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Combined B.S./M.S. Degree in Economics

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The Combined B.S./M.S. Degree Program in Economics is offered by the School of Arts and Sciences and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Exceptional students may combine undergraduate and graduate courses and are simultaneously enrolled in the bachelor's and master's degrees programs in Economics. Both degrees are awarded only on completion of the entire program; a student may not receive one degree before the other, even if the requirements for that degree have been met. It is expected that the student will complete the Combined B.S./M.S. Degree Program in four years.

The Combined B.S./M.S. Degree Program in Economics couples a Bachelor of Science in Quantitative Economics with the course-based M.S. degree ONLY. It is not possible to receive the two-year research-based M.S. degree as part of this combined degree program. This means that it is not possible to write a Master's Thesis in the Combined B.S./M.S. Degree Program. But it is possible to write a Senior Honors Thesis (an option that we encourage).

The candidates for the Combined B.S./M.S. Degree Program must satisfy all the requirements of the Quantitative Economics major and the Course-based M.S. Program in Economics. No courses offered in fulfillment of one set of requirements may be used for the other. Any course taken before entering the combined B.S./M.S. program that the student wishes to count as a graduate elective must have been specifically designated as an approved graduate elective in the semester when taken. Courses specifically designated for graduate credit are listed in the Master's Program Course Offerings. Any graduate elective requiring approval through elective petition must be taken after acceptance into the program to count as a valid elective. That said, there is flexibility in how the requirements can be met so as to minimize the overlap in material taught in the courses taken by students enrolled in the combined degree program. Details can be worked out with the Director of the Graduate Program in Economics.