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University of Colorado Denver College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at UC Denver

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Dual Degree Programs

Dual Degrees

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) recognizes the desire of some students to earn two Masters degrees simultaneously due to time constraints or professional requirements. In order to provide students with the educational degrees they desire while considering their committed schedules, “dual degrees” are offered via CLAS.

Dual degrees allow students to earn two Masters degrees. Essentially, the program provides students with the opportunity to complete two programs (that separately would require 60 hours of coursework) with 42 hours of combined coursework.

The following dual degrees are offered through CLAS.

Dual Degree in Economics and Finance

For students interested in combining the quantitative skills of an economics degree with the specific applications of a business degree, we offer an M.A. Economics/M.S. Finance dual degree. The dual degree program is intended to create highly-skilled research professionals with considerable econometric skill as well as familiarity with their chosen financial institutions.

This 42 credit-hour program is offered jointly with the Graduate School of Business. Students will earn a M.A. in economics and a M.S. in finance. Students must be admitted separately to both the M.A. program in Economics and M.S. program in Finance.


Students may apply to Economics program first, and then to the Finance program at the end of their first semester or vice versa. Students may also apply to both programs at the same time.

Dual Degree in Economics and 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 SPA.