The Economics Department offers a Bachelor’s/Master’s (AB/MA) degree for UGA undergraduates through the Double Dawgs Program. Undergraduate 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.
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 a departmental advisor while they are first-year students, and these advisors will help each student develop a plan of study.
There are two tracks to obtaining the MA degree, a thesis track and a non-thesis track. For those students interested in attending graduate school, the thesis track is strongly recommended. The non-thesis track is more appropriate for students seeking a career in the private sector. The plan of study listed below provides details on the two-degree tracks.
Plan of Study
Students must take or earn AP credit for at least one course in each of these 2 groups:
Students must take one of the following options:
Year 3 (Thesis and Non-Thesis Track)
*Although we permit students to take STAT 4520 contemporaneously with ECON 8080, some of 8080 utilizes concepts taught throughout 4520.
Thesis (9 credits)
Electives (6 credits)
- Any 2 other 8000-level courses
- This plan shows how to complete the 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 complete the 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.
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.
- Two official transcripts from institutions you’ve attended
(UGA students and alumni are exempt as their records are on file.)
- GRE scores
- Two 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
- Two proofs of degree
- TOEFL scores
- Certificate of Finances form
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.
Our AB/MA students have had excellent placements in both graduate school and the job market.