For students interested in combining the quantitative skills of an economics degree with the specific applications of a business degree, we offer an MA economics/MS finance dual degree. This 42-semester-hour program is offered jointly with the Business School. It is a “dual” degree, meaning that students who complete the program earn two master’s degrees: MA in economics and MS in finance. Students must be admitted separately to both the MA program in economics and MS program in finance; they may apply to both programs at the same time or apply to the economics program first, and then to the finance program at the end of 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 Business School. Click here for admissions information for economics.
The dual degree program is intended to create highly-skilled research professionals with considerable econometric skill as well as familiarity with their chosen financial institutions. Given the similarity in course work within the two programs, there can be considerable time savings for the student. Essentially, the program allows students to complete the two programs that separately would require 60 hours of course work with 42 hours of combined course work.