B.A./M.A. Program

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The accelerated B.A./M.A. in economics offers students at Hunter College the opportunity to earn both B.A. and M.A. degrees in the same time that it takes to earn a B.A. degree. The degree program consists of a minimum of 120 credits, of which at least 90 are undergraduate credits and 30 are graduate credits. Read on for information about the recommended order for taking courses leading to the B.A./M.A. in economics.


Principles Courses

Both ECO 200, and ECO 201 are prerequisites for required courses in the B.A./M.A. Program. They can be used to satisfy the distribution requirement but cannot be credited toward a major in economics.

Undergraduate Course Requirements

Students in the B.A./M.A. program must pass each of the core courses in economics:

  • ECO 221 Economics Statistics I
  • ECO 321 Economics Statistics II with a grade of B or better
  • ECO 300 Intermediate Microeconomics with a grade of B or better
  • ECO 301 Intermediate Macroeconomics with a grade of B or better

Students must also pass each of the following courses in the Mathematics Department:

  • MATH 150 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I
  • MATH 155 Calculus with Analytic Geometry II
  • MATH 160 Matrix Algebra

and grades in Math 150 and Math 160 must average at least a B.

Students must also complete four undergraduate economics courses that satisfy the elective component of the economics major.

Graduate Course Requirements

Students must earn a “B” average in the graduate portion of the B.A./M.A. program to be awarded the M.A. degree. Of the 30 credits required for the M.A. degree, 24 must be devoted to courses in economics.

Students in the B.A./M.A. program must pass each of the following graduate courses in economics:

  • ECO 701 Microeconomic Theory
  • ECO 703 Macroeconomic Theory
  • ECO 721 Economic Statistics
  • ECO 722 Econometrics

The research component of the degree can be earned on two ways:

  • Completion of 27 credits of course work and 3 credits of thesis research, for a total of 30 credits. Students must submit a satisfactory Master’s thesis written under the super- vision of a member of the economics faculty; or,
  • Completion of 30 credits of course work within which students must prepare as supervised research paper in two of their courses, exclusive of ECO 701, ECO 703, ECO 721 and ECO 722, and earn at least a B+ on each paper.


Honors Option

Students complete ECO 499 with the permission of the Graduate Advisor. They write a research paper in the course and present a oral defense to a committee of 3 faculty members. Thomas Hunter Honors Program students are governed by that program’s rules regarding distribution of courses. They may choose an interdiscipolinary major instead of an economics major. In this case, the complete the core courses, but are not required to complete the 3 elective courses.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available. Students should consult the financial aid office and the department concerning work opportunities and aid.


Students are encouraged to apply by consulting with the Director of Graduate Studies, Professor Partha Deb, and submitting an Undergraduate Manor-Minor Approval form, which is available from the Registrar’s office.