Bachelor’s to MA in Applied Economics

Earn your bachelor's degree and an MA in Applied Economics in just five years.

Features of the Accelerated Degree Program

The opportunity to begin graduate studies while completing your bachelor’s degree
Up to 12 hours of graduate coursework taken in your senior year can count toward both degrees
The MA in Applied Economics will be awarded after just one additional year of study beyond the bachelor’s degree
Fellowships, scholarships, and assistantships are available for highly qualified students.

Why earn an MA in Applied Economics?

The MA in Applied Economics is a highly marketable professional degree.  It provides training in data analytics, policy evaluation, and advanced economic theory. McKinsey & Company reports there will be a shortage of 140,000-190,000 people with analytical expertise in the government and private sectors in the next five years. Kiplinger’s magazine recently declared the MA in Economics to be one of “10 advanced degrees worth the debt” and projected the mid-career salary for a person holding an MA in Economics to be $115,300.

Recent graduates of our MA in Applied Economics program have gone on to careers with employers like the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, the US Environmental Protection Agency, Bank of America, the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Fidelity Investments, Freddie Mac, BB&T, and Battelle Industries.

  • About 50% of our MA in Applied Economics students have job offers in hand before they officially graduate.
  • About 90% of our graduates from the MA in Applied Economics program find jobs in their field within three months of graduating.

Eligibility requirements:

You must have completed 60-semester credits at UNCG or another institution at the time you apply.
You must have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.5 based on at least 30 hours of credit earned at UNCG.

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Six steps to get started

  1. Take the three economics foundations courses before your junior year. You must take Principles of Microeconomics (ECO 201), Principles of Macroeconomics (ECO 202), and Economics/Business Statistics I (ECO 250). You must receive grades of B+ or better in each course. Take these courses early — no later than the summer following your sophomore year.
  2. Take the four prerequisite courses before or during your junior year. The MA in Applied Economics program requires four prerequisite courses: Intermediate Microeconomics (ECO 301), Intermediate Macroeconomics (ECO 346 or ECO 302), Mathematical Economics (ECO 319), and Economics/Business Statistics II (ECO 350 or 351). You must complete all four by the end of your junior year and earn a grade of B+ or better to be eligible to enter the ADP program.
  3. Discuss the ADP with the Director of Graduate Studies early in your junior year. The Director of Graduate Studies for the Economics Department is Dr. Dennis Leyden ( He will review your economics background and help you plan the coursework for your final year.
  4. Take the GRE or GMAT early. You must take the GRE or GMAT exams to enter the master’s program. We recommend you take one of these exams no later than the summer between your junior and senior years. You do not need to take the subject test in economics.
  5. Submit your completed ADP application to the Economics Graduate Programs office in Bryan 464 by the end of your junior year. Copies of the ADP application are available at the Economics Department office in Bryan 462. An electronic ADP application is also available.
  6. Apply to The Graduate School at UNCG for admission to the MA in Applied Economics program. You must complete the electronic ApplyYourself application by the end of your junior year to be formally admitted to the Accelerated Degree Program.