Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from this program will:

  • Apply the theory and methods of the ‘standard’ approaches in both micro and macroeconomics given a variety of social and economic issues.
  • Have a capacity for critical thinking and its role in challenging the ‘standard’ approach to economic problems.
  • Demonstrate well-developed written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrate competency in a variety of qualitative and quantitative methods that will become part of their problem-solving toolkit.
  • Have an advanced knowledge of the basic areas of the field.
  • Be able to integrate their knowledge with critical thinking skills.
  • Be able to articulate their knowledge, both orally and in writing.
  • Be able to effectively research the literature of this field.

This program offers students the opportunity to fulfill the requirements of the BA and MA degrees in less time, and for less money, than the separate degree programs.  Students earning a UMKC BA degree in Economics may count up to 9 credit-hours of 400-level undergraduate credit toward the MA degree. A student completing the requirements for the BA degree with 9 credit-hours of 400-level coursework (including ECON 425 and 451) can earn the MA degree with seven additional Economics courses (as specified below). For a full-time student this additional coursework can be completed in one year of study.

The requirements for this program are:

  • Students must apply after completion of 60 hours toward their BA degree.  Students must apply for the BA-MA option before applying for graduation with the BA degree.
  • To apply, students must submit an application (Application form) and a completed Declaration of Major forms to the Department of Economics (Declaration forms).
  • Student applications will be reviewed and approved or denied at the discretion of the MA Program Advisor in the Department of Economics.
  • Students must pass a college-level calculus course before entering the program. MATH 206 Brief Calculus and Linear Algebra or an equivalent is recommended; MATH 210 Calculus I is also acceptable.

BA-MA Requirements

BA Component – see the requirements for the BA-Economics program.

MA Component

Required Undergraduate Courses
ECON 425Intermediate Economic Statistics3
ECON 451Institutional Economic Theory3
One ECON 400-Level Elective3
Required MA Courses
ECON 5501Advanced Macroeconomic Analysis3
ECON 5502Advanced Microeconomic Analysis3
ECON 5521Mathematical Economics3
ECON 5525Econometric Methods3
ECON 5551Advanced Institutional Theory3
Elective Graduate Economics Courses: Two Economics courses at the 5500 level or higher.