Combined Degree Programs

The Department of Economics offers several options for students interested in earning a combined undergraduate and master degree. The programs are selective and target outstanding GW undergraduates. The combined degree program provides students a challenging curriculum substituting 9 (for BS/MS) or 12 (for BA/BS/MPP) graduate-level credits for upper-division undergraduate courses. Students interested in the combined degree programs should consult the undergraduate economics advisor and the graduate program advisors by the end of the second semester of their sophomore year.


BS Economics/MS Economics

The BS/MS in economics may be appropriate for students who are entering the job market and would like additional training. It is also a means for students to better prepare themselves for a PhD degree program in economics. It should be noted though that it is not necessary to obtain a Master's degree before applying to a PhD program.

The BS/MS allows students to save some credit hour costs, relative to getting separate degrees. Up to 3 graduate level courses (9 credits) may be taken to satisfy the BS elective requirements. To take full advantage of the program, it is very important interested students talk to their undergraduate advisor as soon as possible (no later than the end of their sophomore year). Students should plan on taking Math 1231 (Single Variable Calculus I), 1232 (Single Variable Calculus II), 2233 (Multi-Variable Calculus), Stat 1111 (Business and Economic Stat I ), and Econ 2123 (Introduction to Econometrics) before their senior year. It is strongly encouraged that students complete Math 1231 and 1232 (or an equivalent sequence), Stat 1111, and Econ 2101 and 2102 by the end of their fifth semester. During their sixth semester, students should begin the process of applying to the MS program.


BA/BS Economics/Master of Public Policy

The BA or BS/MPP degree program would be appropriate for students seeking public policy training. This program allows students to save some credit hour costs, relative to getting separate degrees. To take full advantage of the program, it is very important interested students talk to their undergraduate advisor and the director of the MPP program as soon as possible (no later than the end of their sophomore year).

Students who have maintained a satisfactory academic record may apply for admission to the MPP program during their junior year. It will be necessary for students to conform to the established requirements for completing an application, including completion of the GRE. Upon admission, students are granted 12 credits of advanced standing, leaving them with only 28 credit hours to complete the MPP degree.