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Five-Year BA/MA in Economics

​​​Course Requirements

    Undergraduate required courses (30 or 31 credit hours):

        ECON 2012 – Principles of Microeconomics

        ECON 2022 – Principles of Macroeconomics

        ECON 4071 – Intermediate Microeconomic Theory

        ECON 4081 – Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory

        ECON 4811 – Introduction to Econometrics

        MATH 1401 – Calculus I

        MATH 2411 – Calculus II

        MATH 2421 – Calculus III

        MATH 3382 – Statistical Theory (3 hours) or ECON 3811 – Statistics with

Computer Applications (4 hours)

Undergraduate electives (9 credit hours):

Three undergraduate economics courses and at least 2 of them must be at


Graduate courses (27 credit hours):

All graduate-level courses with ECON 5803 (Graduate Mathematical Economics) being either waived or taken as an elective.

Total economics/mathematics credit hours = 66 or 67

Total credit hours for the combined degrees = 135


Note: the mathematics courses that students take also fulfill some of CU Denver (up to 8 hours) and CLAS (up to 4 hours) graduation requirements.


Dual credits

Students need to take only three electives at the undergraduate level; the three electives taken at the graduate level are double counted in fulfilling both BA and MA graduation requirements. ECON 5803 (Graduate Mathematical Economics) is waived or can be counted as one graduate-level elective. The total dual credits are 12 hours.


Additional graduation requirements

l    All other grade and GPA requirements towards the BA and MA degrees (e.g., a C- or better is needed in each undergraduate-level required course and a B- or better is needed in each graduate-level required course)


Admission requirements

1.           Meet all general admission requirements of the Graduate School

2.           Be a current CU Denver Economics major with a GPA of 3.5 or better

3.           The following courses must have been completed at CU Denver with a grade of B+ or better: MATH 2411, MATH 2421, ECON 4071, and ECON 4811

4.           Students should apply in the semester when requirement 3 is satisfied (typically in the end of the fall semester of their junior year - as in the sample curriculum below)

5.           Students who do not meet requirements 2 and 3 may apply, but must submit GRE scores and two letters of recommendation; otherwise both are waived


Sample curriculum




Year 1

MATH 1401 - Calculus-I

MATH 2411 - Calculus-II

Year 2

MATH 2421 - Calculus-III

ECON 2022 - Principle Micro

ECON 2012 – Principle Macro

Math3382 - Statistic Theory

Year 3

ECON 4071 - Int. Micro

ECON 4811 - Intro Metrics

Under elective-1

ECON 4081 - Int. Macro

Under elective-2

Year 4

ECON 5073 - Micro Theory

ECON 5813 - Econometrics I

Under elective-3

ECON 5083 - Macro Theory

ECON 5823 - Econometrics II

ECON 6054 - Applied Economics

Year 5

ECON 6073-Research Seminar

Grad elective-1

Grad elective-2

Grad elective-3