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The Dual Degree Program for MA-Economics and MS-Public Administration


The fields of Public Administration and Economics are inextricably linked.  Economists provide much of the theory and analytic foundation that administrators use to evaluate and implement policy. Given that the capital of the state of Colorado is in Denver, there is great need for administrators that fully understand methods of program evaluation and have the theoretical background needed to forecast how individuals and institutions will respond to new proposals.   Similarly, good theory and practice must take into account how the proposals will be implemented and results interpreted.  Both administrators and economists need to be engaged in constructive dialogue for either to be fully effective.

Students interested in completing the dual degree in Economics and Public Administration  must apply separately to each program, meet the admission requirements of each program, and be accepted by each program.  If one program accepts a student for the dual degree but the other program does not, then the student may not graduate under the dual degree program.  It is possible for students currently admitted to one program to learn about the dual degree and choose to apply after admission to either Economics or GSPA.

The requirements for the dual degree in Economics and Public Administration include completing 21 credit hours in ECON and 27 credit hours in GSPA (48 total credit hours) including:

Core Courses:

Microeconomic Theory (Econ 5073) - 3 hrs.

Macroeconomic Theory (Econ 5083) - 3hrs.

Mathematical Economics (Econ 5803) - 3hrs.

Econometrics I (Econ 5813) - 3 hrs.

Econometrics II (Econ 5823) - 3 hrs.

Introduction to Public Administration and Public Service (P AS 5001-3) - 3 hrs.

Organizational Management and Change (P AD 5002-3) - 3 hrs.

Either Information and Analytic Methods (P AD 5003) or Economics and

  Public Finance (P AD 5004-3) - 3 hrs.

The Policy Process and Democracy (P AD 5005-3) 3 hrs.

Leadership and Professional Ethics (P AD 5006-3) - 3 hrs.

Either Econ 6073 or P AD 5361

  (to be completed after all other core courses or with Instructor

   and Advisor consent) - 3 hrs.


Electives (15 hours):

If the student takes P AD 5361 then 6 hours of elective credits must come from Economics and 9 hours from GSPA.  Elective courses must be labeled 5000 and above.

If the student takes Econ 6073 then 3 hours of elective credits must come from Economics and 12 hours from GSPA.  Elective courses must be labeled 5000 and above.

The semester of graduation, the student fills out two degree candidacy forms.