Dec 15, 2019  
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog 
    
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Economics MA/Public Administration MPA Dual Degree


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Admissions Advisor: Brian Duncan (brian.duncan@ucdenver.edu)
Schedule Advisor: Hani Mansour (Hani.Mansour@ucdenver.edu)

The fields of public administration and economics are inextricably linked. Economists provide much of the theory and analytic foundation that administrators use to evaluate and implement policy. Given that the capital of the state of Colorado is in Denver, there is great need for administrators that fully understand methods of program evaluation and have the theoretical background needed to forecast how individuals and institutions will respond to new proposals. Similarly, good theory and practice must take into account how the proposals will be implemented and results interpreted. Both administrators and economists need to be engaged in constructive dialog for either to be fully effective.

A “dual” degree means that students who complete the program earn two master’s degrees: MA in economics and MPA in public administration. Students interested in completing the dual degree in economics and public administration must apply separately to each program, meet the admission requirements of each program, and be accepted by each program. If one program accepts a student for the dual degree but the other program does not, then the student may not graduate under the dual degree program. Students may apply to both programs at the same time or apply to the economics program first, and then to the public administration program after 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 School of Public Affairs.

Click here or admissions requirements for the MA program in Economics  

Click here for admissions requirements for the MPA program in Public Administration  

Degree Requirements


The requirements for the dual degree in economics and public administration include completing 21 credit hours in ECON and 27 credit hours in PUAD (48 total credit hours).

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

Electives


If the student elects to take the capstone course ECON 6073 - Research Seminar

One 5000 or higher course with an ECON prefix (3 semester hours).

Students are strongly encouraged to take 3 elective hours of ECON 6053/6054 or to meet with an economics graduate advisor to discuss how to otherwise prepare for ECON 6073 - Research Seminar.

Four 5000 or higher course with a PUAD prefix (12 semester hours).

If the student elects to take the capstone course PUAD 5361 - Capstone Seminar

Two 5000 or higher course with an ECON prefix (6 semester hours).

Three 5000 or higher course with a PUAD prefix (9 semester hours).

Contact a graduate advisor in the Economics Department for information about Econ course requirements.

Contact a graduate advisor in the School of Public Affairs for information about public administration course requirements.

Total: 15 hours  

Dual Degree Total: 48 Hours


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