Economics (B.A.) (Combined B.A./M.S. Business Analytics)

Economics is situated at the intersection of social sciences and business disciplines. It provides insight into a wide array of questions about money, markets, productivity and wealth. Organizations across industries use economic analysis and quantitative methods to study and forecast business, sales, and other market trends. The growing complexity of the global economy and a more competitive business environment demands economists with strong analytical skills. A combined BA Economics/MS Business Analytics degree will enhance a student's economic knowledge with data-driven analytical programming skills.

The “4 + 1” Bachelor’s/MS in Business Analytics (MSBA) is a five year program, during which students will spend three years taking courses required for their chosen bachelor’s degree program and in their fourth year, they will complete (along with required undergraduate program courses) 6 credits worth of  MSBA coursework. This will satisfy both undergraduate degree requirements and count toward achievement of the MSBA degree. In the fifth year, students will take graduate courses required to complete the MS in Business Analytics Degree. Students interested in this option can find more information regarding program requirements on the University's Combined Programs website.

Program Requirements

Students in this combined degree program must complete the requirements for:

Economics Major (B.A.)

Business Analytics (M.S.)

Graduate Swing Courses

A combined degree program allows students to complete 6-12 graduate credits ("graduate swing courses") while enrolled as an undergraduate. These courses count for both their bachelor and master’s degrees.  Graduate swing courses will count toward undergraduate free electives, unless noted otherwise.

The Graduate Swing Courses for this program:

INFO 574Database Systems and Management3
INFO 589Applied Business Statistics3

Recommended Roadmap to Degree(s)

This recommended five-year plan is provided as an outline for students to follow in order to complete their degree requirements within five years.  This plan is a recommendation and students should only use it in consultation with their academic advisor.

Fifth year courses are taken at the graduate level, after matriculation into the graduate portion of this combined degree program.

First Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (A) New Student Seminar1GENERAL EDUCATION: (C2) Literature3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C1) Writing3GENERAL EDUCATION: (K1) Social Science – American and European History3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C3) Communication3World Language I3
MATH 100 (Or Free Elective if MATH 100 is not needed.)3INFO 173 (Fulfills General Education G category.)3
ECON 101 (Fulfills General Education K3 category.)3ECON 2033
ECON 102 (Fulfills General Education L category.)3 
 16 15
Second Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (F1) Humanities – Great Works and Their Influences3World Language II3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (F2) Humanities – Philosophical and Religious Perspectives3ECON 3173
INFO 240 (Fulfills General Education H category.)3ECON 3903
ECON 207 or 2063Economics Major Elective3
ECON 2083Free Elective3
 15 15
Third Year
ECON 3703GENERAL EDUCATION: (K2) Social Science – Global Cultural Perspectives3
ECON 3953ECON 4383
Economics Major Elective3Economics Major Elective3
BUGN 3100BUGN 3200
Free Elective3Free Elective3
Free Elective3Free Elective3
 15 15
Fourth Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (I) Natural Science Laboratory4GENERAL EDUCATION: (D) Fine and Performing Arts3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (J) Physical Education1Economics Major Elective3
Economics Major Elective3Free Elective3
Free Elective3INFO 5743
Free Elective3INFO 5893
 14 15
Total Credits 120
Fourth Year
INFO 5703  
INFO 5843  
Fifth Year
 INFO 5813INFO 5853
 INFO 5833INFO 5873
 INFO 5833INFO 588 or 5913
  INFO 593 (Complete INFO 593 in the Spring semester or INFO 592 in the Fall semester)0
  9 9
Sixth Year
 Complete INFO 592 only if you did NOT complete INFO 593 in the previous Spring semester0-1 
Total Credits 24-25