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Economics BA/MA - Program Requirements

(HEGIS: 22.04 ECONOMICS, CIP: 45.0601 Economics, General)

Department of Economics

415 Fronczak Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-1520

Dr. Alex Anas

Dr. Peter Morgan
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Dr. Winston Chang
Director of the Masters Program

Associated Programs

Associated Subjects

Completing the Economics BA/MA Program

A new undergraduate major in economics will commence at the start of the fall 2019 semester. Students who have been accepted into the economics majors prior to this will complete their degrees under the previous major requirements.
For the combined BA/MA degree, a student must:

  • Successfully complete 135 credit hours. Of these, 105 are at the undergraduate level, and must include 18 economics credits, and meet all UB requirements.
  • Successfully complete 30 credits in economics at the masters level.

Successful completion of a further 15 economics credits at the masters level is required to obtain also an Advanced Certificate in a specialization within economics.

Academic Requirements

Students must apply for and be accepted into both the undergraduate economics major and the MA in economics program.

Academic Advice

Students should consult the directors of the undergraduate and MA programs as early as possible in their decision-making process, in order to develop a sequence of coursework that is appropriate to their interests and objectives.

Transfer Credit Policy

Economics majors must take at least four upper-level (300-level or higher) economics electives at the University at Buffalo, excluding ECO 495 or ECO 496. Transfer credit may be given towards the required courses or for ECO 181 or ECO 182, or for other economics electives. Students who seek transfer credit should consult the director of undergraduate studies in economics and provide documentation, such as course descriptions and syllabi, for each course for which credit is sought. Forms are available at 415 Fronczak Hall.

SUNY Seamless Transfer is a SUNY-wide program intended to make transferring to UB and other SUNY Schools simple and efficient for SUNY students. SUNY has defined courses that SUNY students can take before transferring which will apply to the major at UB and ensure timely graduation.

Information about the Transfer Path for this major can be found on the SUNY website.

Prerequisite Courses

MTH 121 or MTH 131 or MTH 141.
Any two economics courses (ECO 181 and ECO 182 are highly recommended).

Required Courses

ECO 380 Economic Statistics and Data Analysis (may substitute MTH 411-STA 302 or GEO 211-GEO 411 or EAS 305)
ECO 405 Microeconomic Theory*
ECO 407 Macroeconomic Theory*
ECO 480 Econometrics I
ECO 505 Microeconomic Theory
ECO 507 Macroeconomic Theory
ECO 576 Topics in Microeconomics
ECO 580 Econometrics I
ECO 581 Econometrics II
At least 8 undergraduate economics elective credits at any level, excluding ECO 495 and ECO 496
MTH 122 or MTH 142
Five M.A. economics electives

*ECO 505, ECO 507, and ECO 576 may be substituted for ECO 405, ECO 407, and ECO 406 respectively with permission of the Director of the M.A. program. A waiver exam may be taken for ECO 580 and ECO 581. Please contact the Assistant Director of the M.A. program for details. However, a total of 18 undergraduate Economics credits and 30 M.A. level credits are still required for the degree, even with specific course waivers.

Total Credit Hours Required

Total credit hours required for the Economics BA/MA degrees
Credits Required for Major (Undergraduate)26
Credits Required for Major (Graduate)30
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum39
Additional Credits Required for Electives40
Total Credits Required for Degree135

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Refer to the Graduate School's Policies and Procedures Manual for requirements for master's degree candidates.

Total Credit Hours Required represents the minimum credits needed to complete this program, and may vary based on a number of circumstances. This chart should not be used for financial aid purposes.

Published: Dec 05, 2019 11:41:06