Mar 21, 2023
Quantitative Economics (BS + MS) prepares students to pursue career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) fields including business, government, and the nonprofit sectors. Students also receive an excellent foundation for success in Ph.D. programs in Economics and Public Policy. The Combined Quantitative Economics (B.S. + M.S.) is appropriate for students who wish to seek jobs in the private and public sectors that require data analysis skills or careers that require a Ph.D. in economics or a related field. Students completing the program will earn a Bachelor of Science in Quantitative Economics and Master of Science in Applied Econometrics at the same time after completing 142 credit hours in approximately 5 years.
Economics is divided into three primary, interrelated sub-disciplines: Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, and Econometrics. Microeconomics studies how people, businesses, and government agencies use the scarce resources available to them (such as time, money, land, etc.) to achieve their objectives (such as earning income, making a profit, etc.). This involves the allocation of those resources among their different uses. Businesses and people make microeconomic decisions as they produce, sell and buy, and use the goods and services that people want or need. Macroeconomics studies the processes that determine the overall size of the economy, the factors that cause the economy to grow or shrink over time, and related problems like unemployment and inflation. Econometrics involves the use of statistical modeling to evaluate economic relationships and provide public policy guidance. The Combined Quantitative Economics (B.S. + M.S.) emphasizes the skills developed in the quantitative applications of micro- and macroeconomics.
Students are encouraged to become involved in the Economics Club, a student-run organization that meets regularly to organize applications outside the classroom. Promising students are invited to join the Fed Challenge team, a student-team competition that competes with teams from other universities in a mock Federal Open Market Committee meeting. Students also have the opportunity to become members of Omicron Delta Epsilon, the national economics honor society. The department also offers several scholarships awarded to students annually.
This is a designated STEM program (See OPT Extension).
Program Admission (Undergraduate)
Only students admitted to the combined program may enroll in the program’s 500-level courses.
Students may apply for combined program admission after completing no fewer than 60 undergraduate credit hours and must satisfy the following criteria.
- Have a minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0.
- Completed the following coursework before applying to the program.
Program faculty are responsible for informing Records & Registration when admitting a student into the combined program.
Program Admission (Graduate)
Admit Terms and Deadlines
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis; students may start the program in the Fall or Winter. See Application Deadlines.
Minimum Graduate School Requirements
Applicants must have a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and be previously admitted to the undergraduate portion of the combined program.
Applicants must confirm with their advisor that they have completed enough undergraduate credits before applying to the graduate portion of the program. A student must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours before being fully admitted to the graduate portion of the program.
This program does not require additional criteria or documents beyond the minimum Graduate School requirements.
Your application will be submitted using GradCAS, a Centralized Application Service (CAS) hosted by Liaison. After reviewing the admission requirements, please review the Application Instructions and select the appropriate application.
International Applicants Before applying, applicants must review the international application/process deadlines at emich.edu/international as they may differ from general program requirements.
For additional information regarding the application process, please see Graduate Admissions or International Admissions.
Undergraduate Degree -
The requirements listed below will appear on a student’s undergraduate transcript.
For the undergraduate portion of this program, students must earn a minimum total of 120 credits at the 100-level or above.
Major Requirements: 46 hours
This major does not require a minor.
Graduate Degree -
The requirements listed below will appear on a student’s graduate transcript.
Degree Requirements: 18 hours
Required Courses: 9 hours
- ECON 601 Macroeconomic Analysis 3 hrs
- ECON 602 Microeconomic Analysis 3 hrs
- ECON 604 Research Seminar in Economics 3 hrs
Restricted Electives: 9 hours
Choose an additional nine credit hours of “ECON” courses at the 500-level or above.
If there are no available ECON courses to select, the student previously completed the undergraduate versions of courses, they are required to complete an additional 500-level and above courses approved by the Graduate Coordinator. These courses must be from Economics, Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science, Finance or a department-approved by the Graduate Coordinator.
Combined Program Total: 142 hours
Critical Graduation Information
The following are minimum requirements for all bachelor’s degrees awarded by Eastern Michigan University. Some majors and minors require more than the minimum in one or more of the areas below; students are urged to consult the on-line catalog for the requirements of their particular programs.
- Earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level and above. Courses with numbers below 100 will not be counted toward this degree requirement. At most 8 credit hours of physical education (PEGN) activity courses will be counted toward this requirement.
- Meet the requirements of the General Education program (see information below).
- Complete a Writing Intensive (WI) Course in your major.
- Earn a minimum of 45 credits from a four-year college or university; courses taken at community colleges cannot be used to meet this requirement. (Some formal program-to-program articulation agreements modify this requirement. See specific agreements for details.)
- Earn a minimum of 30 credits from courses taken at EMU.
- Complete 10 of the last 30 hours for the degree from courses taken at EMU.
- Have a minimum of 30 unique credit hours in their major and 20 unique credit hours in their minor for a total of at least 50 unique credit hours between them. Some majors that require 50 or more hours themselves do not require a minor; students should check requirements of the selected major in the undergraduate catalog to see if a minor is required.
- Earn no more than 60 credit hours in one subject area (prefix). Credits in excess of the 60 maximum will not be counted toward the minimum of 124 credits required for a bachelor’s degree.
- Earn the minimum number of credits in 300-level and above courses in each major and minor as specified below - these credits must be earned in distinct courses; that is, no course can be used to fulfill this requirement in more than one major or minor.
- Earn a minimum of 6 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each minor
- Earn a minimum of 9 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that requires a minor.
- Earn a minimum of 15 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that does not require a minor
- Transfer credit will be awarded for courses taken at colleges and universities that are accredited by one of the recognized regional accrediting bodies only if the courses are college-level (equated to 100-level or above at EMU) and the student earned a “C” (or 2.0 on a 4 point scale) or better. Transfer credit may be awarded on a case-by-case basis for college-level courses in which a “C” (2.0) or better was earned at institutions outside the U.S. or at non-accredited U.S. institutions; the internal review of such courses is conducted by individual departments/schools within EMU, and additional documentation may be required. Please note: EMU awards only credits for transferred courses; grades are not used in the calculation of an EMU GPA.
- Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in courses taken at EMU in order to graduate. In addition, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 must be reached in each major and minor. Only courses taken at EMU and those applied to a student’s major or minor, will be used in the calculation of their major and minor cumulative GPAs. (Note: some programs may require a higher GPA - check with your program advisor.)
General Education Requirements | EMU’s General Education Program requires students to choose from a menu of approved courses in several different areas; do not assume that other courses in the same department or with similar names will fulfill these requirements. A detailed description of General Education requirements is available on the General Education section of the undergraduate catalog.
Students who transferred to EMU may have modified general education requirements based on Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) or articulation agreements; consult your academic advisor for additional information.