MA in Economics/MBA Dual Degree Program

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).


All applicants apply directly to the Questrom School of Business. They will only be considered for admission to the MA in Economics after they have been admitted to the MBA.

Applicants to this program should have, or be expecting, a bachelor’s degree from an institution recognized by the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, and they should have adequate academic preparations in economics and mathematics.

Course Requirements

Candidates normally register for three semesters in the Questrom School of Business 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 Questrom and 24 credits in the Department of Economics; the other 16 credits may be taken in Questrom, 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. Subject to the respective program directors’ approval, certain course substitutions may be permitted.

Comprehensive Examination

Candidates must pass a written comprehensive examination that tests general knowledge of economic theory and quantitative methods. Every master’s student is expected to take the first available offering of the Comprehensive Examination after he/she has completed the economics core courses. This examination is offered twice a year.

Language Requirement

There is no foreign language requirement for this degree program.