The Economics Department offers a Bachelor's/Master's (AB/MA) degree for current UGA undergraduates in the Honors Program. Honors students must have a 3.6 GPA to be considered. The AB/MA program is designed for students who plan to pursue a PhD program in economics, finance, public policy, or statistics or who are looking for private- or public-sector positions that require significant technical research skills.

The MA degree is not offered as a terminal or stand-alone graduate degree in economics. Only PhD students who discontinue work toward their doctorate are eligible to terminate their studies with the MA degree.

The combined AB/MA degree is sponsored with the UGA Honors College in conjunction with the UGA Graduate School. The Honors Program assists potential candidates throughout the process by guiding them through the requirements and helping departments and deans monitor each candidate's progress.

A combined Bachelor’s/Master’s degree calls for a carefully coordinated four-year or five-year plan of study and close cooperation among several academic advisors. This is especially true in economics where a joint degree student must take many math and statistics courses in his or her first few years at UGA. Therefore, students interested in the combined degree program should discuss the opportunity with an Honors and departmental advisor while they are first-year students, and these advisors will help each student develop a plan of study.

Plan of Study

Year 1 – 2

Students must take or earn AP credit for at least one course in each of these 2 groups:

Group 1
  • MATH 2250 Calculus I for Science and Engineering
  • MATH 2300H Differential Calculus (Honors) (4 credits)
  • MATH 2400H Differential Calculus with Theory (Honors)
Group 2
  • MATH 2260 Calculus II for Science and Engineering
  • MATH 2310H Integral Calculus (Honors) (4 credits)
  • MATH 2410H Integral Calculus with Theory (Honors)

Students must take one of the following options:

Option 1
  • MATH 2270 Calculus for Science and Engineering III OR MATH 2500 Multivariable Calculus
  • MATH 3200 Introduction to Higher Mathematics MATH 3200 is a prerequisite for MATH 3000.
  • MATH 3000 Introduction to Linear Algebra
Option 2
  • MATH 3500 Multivariable Mathematics I (Honors)
  • MATH 3510 Multivariable Mathematics II (Honors)
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Year 3
  • ECON 8020 Micro Theory II
  • STAT 4520/6520 Math Stat II Although we permit students to take STAT 4520 contemporaneously with ECON 8080, some of 8080 utilizes concepts that are taught throughout 4520.
  • ECON 8080 Intro to Econometrics Although we permit students to take STAT 4520 contemporaneously with ECON 8080, some of 8080 utilizes concepts that are taught throughout 4520.
Year 4

Notes: This template shows how to complete the entire program in four years. However, students usually take five years to complete the requirements.

In the spring of Year 2 each student should meet with the Graduate Coordinator and Honors Advisor and complete the Honors Application and Proposed Plan of Study.

Students are permitted to take no more than 12 graduate credit hours before being fully admitted by the UGA Graduate School.

Admissions

1. Apply to the Honors Program

Program Application

2. Apply to the Graduate School

Apply Online

All graduate program admissions are handled by the UGA Graduate School. Once the graduate school reviews your application, it is forwarded to the Economics department for further review. Final decisions will be issued by letter from the UGA Graduate School.

Required Documents

  • 2 official transcripts from institutions you’ve attended UGA students and alumni are exempt as their records are on file.
  • GRE scores
  • 2 letters of recommendation Letters should be from individuals who have knowledge of your academic and/or professional capability. The application will prompt your recommenders to submit their letters electronically.

Additional Documents for International Applicants

Application Fee

You must submit a one-time application fee via credit card online in order to complete your application — $75 for domestic applicants, $100 for international applicants.

Placement

Our AB/MA students have had excellent placements in both graduate school and the job market.

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