MA in Economics/MBA Dual Degree
Training in the related fields of management and economics is professionally desirable in an increasing number of areas. Boston University meets this need by providing a coordinated program leading to both degrees. Obtaining the two degrees separately would normally require six semesters in residence, but through careful course selection and by eliminating overlapping courses, the dual degree may be obtained in five semesters (80 credits). The entire program may thus be completed in two calendar years (two academic years and two summers; two academic years and one summer for well-prepared students).
Applicants must apply to the Graduate School of Management stating their intention to apply to the dual degree program. Applications may be obtained from the School of Management Admissions office, Room 110, 595 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215. The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is required.
Candidates normally register for three semesters in the Graduate School of Management (GSM) and two semesters in the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (GRS), but may cross-register and take courses in both schools in any semester. Students must successfully complete a minimum of 40 credits in GSM and 24 credits in the Department of Economics; the other 16 credits may be taken in GSM, the Department of Economics, or, with prior approval, elsewhere in the University. Requirements in quantitative methods and micro- and macroeconomic theory are the same as those for the MA in economics. The minimum requirements for the respective degrees must be fulfilled in this dual degree program, with the exception of preapproved substitutions caused by overlapping courses.
Candidates must pass a written comprehensive examination that tests general knowledge of economic theory and quantitative methods.