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Masters Program

Accelerated Master’s Degree, KU-undergraduates only

The Accelerated Master’s Degree path puts students on-track to complete an undergraduate degree and a master’s degree in five years.

Admissions

Careful course selection and steady progression through the undergraduate career is necessary to ensure all requirements for both degrees may be completed within the 5-year timeframe. All prospective students should discuss their interest in admission to this program with their undergraduate advisor (Gino Andreano) and the department’s graduate advisor (Kate Pleskac) no later than the student’s Junior year, the first semester of Year 3. All students interested in the program must submit an Inquiry Form.

 

 

Admission’s checklist

  • KU student earning Economics BA, BS, or Economics minor (for Econ minor, ideal candidate would have a math-intensive major such as physics, engineering, etc.) 
  • on-track to complete all undergraduate degree requirements by the second semester of Senior year (Year 4)
  • Major and cumulative GPA of at least 3.25
  • Has submitted an online application for the Accelerated MA program prior to beginning coursework for final 2 semesters as an undergraduate. (For most students, this will be the second semester of Junior year. However, some students reach Senior status early and remain in this status for longer than 2 semesters. For these students, the key is to apply to the program before starting their final 2 undergraduate semesters.)

After review of the application for admission, the Economics Department will notify the student on their eligibility to begin coursework in the program.

Final acceptance to the graduate program will be contingent upon the following:

  • Successful completion of all requirements for the bachelor’s degree (and Economics minor, if applicable);
  • An undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 3.25;
  • A GPA of at least 3.25 in graduate-level coursework taken in final 2 semesters as well as grades of B or above in all double-counted coursework. 

Coursework

During the Senior Year (Year 4), the student must take the following Economics courses:

  • ECON 700 – Survey of Microeconomics (Fall semester)
  • ECON 701 – Survey of Macroeconomics (Spring semester)
  • ECON 715 – Elementary Econometrics (Spring semester). If course has been completed, talk with the Graduate Advisor (Kate Pleskac) regarding possible substitutions.
  • Elective (500 level or above) in Economics or a related area (e.g., Business, Computer Science, Political Science, Psychology, Public Policy, or Mathematics) – 3 credit hours. If taking a related-area course, the student must receive approval by the MA director prior to enrollment.

These four courses (12 credit hours) will count toward requirements for both the graduate and undergraduate degrees. During the final year of graduate study (Year 5), students must complete an additional 6 courses (18 credit hours). For full degree requirements, see KU's Academic Catalog.

Application materials needed

  • Personal statement
  • Resume (Letters of recommendation are not required. Instead, please list 3 references on your resume.)
  • Transcript(s)

Sample academic plans

Accelerated MA (for Economics BA)

Accelerated MA (for Economics BS)

Accelerated MA (for Economics minor)

Questions?

Contact: Kate Pleskac (graduate advisor) or Gino Andreano (undergraduate advisor)