There are two different undergraduate degrees in the College of the Liberal Arts that a student may earn in economics at Penn State. A bachelor of arts (ECLBA) or a bachelor of science degree (ECLBS) in economics. A minor in economics is open to students enrolled in any college. The department offers a program of mentoring for students who want to pursue graduate education in economics (CARE). A departmental honors program provides a small group of outstanding students an opportunity for independent research and close contact with faculty and fellow students.
Penn State now offers a two-year program designated only for the M.A. degree in economics. The program provides rigorous training in econometrics and quantitative economics as well as in economic theory. It is ideal for those who pursue high level professional careers in industry and government, or further study for the Ph.D. degree
With leading researchers in economic theory, econometrics, international economics, and macroeconomics, the Economics Department at Penn State is an outstanding department. Students who receive a Ph.D. from Penn State and whose doctoral research is excellent have access to positions at leading academic and research institutions. Our recent placement record confirms this. In the past decade, some of our Ph.D. students have obtained tenure-track positions at Harvard, MIT, NYU, and Cornell, and in the business schools at the University of Chicago, Carnegie Mellon, and University of Toronto.
Arts/Humanities/Social and Behavioral Sc/Natural Sc/Quantification/Foreign Language (6)
By the end of the 3rd year, an IUG student would need to complete at least 108 credit hours of undergraduate instruction. The remaining 12 credits can come from the ECON500 level courses taken in the 4th year. These courses can be double counted for both the undergraduate and graduate degrees.
Fourth Year Undergraduate - First Year M.A. Program (21)
*ECON400-level ELECTIVE (3)
Fifth Year Undergraduate - Second Year M.A. Program
*ECON400/500-level ELECTIVE (6)
IUG students can double-count up to 12 credits of the required graduate classes taken in their 4th year toward their undergraduate degree. These credits could fulfill ECON400-level course requirements for the B.A. or B.S. degrees and/or honors credit requirements. Elective courses must be taken at the ECON400 or ECON500 level. Courses below ECON400 may not be counted towards the graduate degree requirements.
Total B.A./B.S. Degree Credits 120 Total M.A. Degree Credits 30