Jun 23, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 

Accelerated B.S./M.A. Program in Economics

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This program leads to both the B.S. and M.A. in Economics degrees. Students who wish to participate in this program should identify themselves to the Department of Economics as majors who will complete the requirements for the B.S. degree having taken the calculus option (ECON 391, MATH 229, MATH 230, and STAT 300). Ideally students will express their interest during their junior year and have completed or be in the process of completing ECON 290, ECON 360, ECON 361, ECON 390, and ECON 391.

Students should apply to the Economics M.A. program under the special provisions of this program and in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies in Economics prior to the start of their final year in the undergraduate B.S. in Economics program and are required to meet all the degree and application requirements and deadlines given by the Graduate School. Students who have completed the courses MATH 229, MATH 230, STAT 300, ECON 390, and ECON 391 with a grade of B or better may request that the GRE requirement for admission to the M.A. program be waived by the Department of Economics.

Students wishing to take part in this program should be aware of all the regulations and restrictions of accelerated baccalaureate/master’s degree programs as outlined in the NIU Graduate School Catalog under the heading of Early Admission of NIU Undergraduates; and Admission to Accelerate Baccalaureate/Master’s Degree Programs.


Students must complete all general education requirements including MATH 229, MATH 230, STAT 300, ECON 360, ECON 361, ECON 390, and ECON 391 by the end of their junior year. During their first year as a member of the accelerated program, students will enroll in ECON 590, ECON 591, ECON 660, ECON 661, ECON 690, and ECON 691 which will fulfill elective requirements from the B.S. in Economics and requirements for the M.A. in Economics. Students should also complete any remaining general education requirements or degree requirements for the B.S. in Economics except for elective courses. Upon receiving their undergraduate degree, students will be allowed to enroll in any 500, 600, or 700 level courses in Economics to complete the remaining requirements for the M.A. in Economics.

Students who are part of this accelerated B.S./M.A. in Economics program are not bound by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences policy that prohibits students from earning more than 60 credit hours in their major, but are limited to applying only 18 credit hours of graduate study toward undergraduate degree requirements.

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