​The combined Bachelor's/Master's degree programs allow students to complete 12 graduate credit hours while still undergraduates. These three graduate level courses will count toward both the undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

​The Economics (B.A.) offers two options:

  • Economics (B.A.)/Business and Economic Policy Analysis (M.S.)
  • Economics (B.A.)/Secondary Education Social Sciences (M.Ed.)

Economics (BA)/Business and Economic Policy Analysis (MS)

The M.S. in Business and Economic Policy Analysis (MS-BEPA) gives students a distinguished and marketable set of skills in economic theory as it applies to business and economic policy analysis.  Students learn how to conduct statistical and econometric research grounded in sound economic models using data from multiple sources on different issues. In addition, students will be able to explain their results and policy recommendations not only to economists, but also to politicians, and the general public.

MS-BEPA graduates can find employment in the private sector working for corporations in governmental relations departments, in federal and state governmental agencies, in trade associations or lobbying firms, or in the not-for-profit sector.

Undergraduate students will apply to the program during their junior year and will take the following three graduate level courses during their senior year:

These three courses will count towards completion of the B.A. with a major in Economics and will also count towards completion of the M.S.-BEPA. The undergraduate degree will be awarded at the completion of all undergraduate work while the M.S.-BEPA will be awarded upon completion of the remaining graduate level work.

Economics (BA)/Secondary Education Social Science (M.Ed.)

The TEACH Program combines a Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (LAS) undergraduate Economics major with a graduate level College of Education (COE) Master’s in Education Program. Students graduate with a B.A. in their disciplinary major and a MEd in Education with State of Illinois Secondary Social Science licensure.

Students may apply to the Program during the spring of their junior year. They must enroll in the Junior Year Experiential Learning course, TCH 320, and meet other application criteria; these include completion of at least 16 quarter credit hours at DePaul and a 3.0 grade point average.  During their senior year, students are required to complete a Program capstone course, TCH 390, and three 400-level courses that count toward both their undergraduate and graduate degrees:

Social Science Content Area (grades of C or better required for licensure):
The following Social Science content area requirements are required.  These can be taken as part of the major, liberal studies or open elective requirements:

The Master’s year comprises teacher-preparation coursework that culminates with student teaching during Spring quarter.  Upon graduation and the fulfilling of State of Illinois licensure requirements (which may require some additional course work in the student’s major and related fields), students are eligible to be licensed to teach Social Sciences at the 6th-12th grade levels.  

A full description of the Program can be found on the College of Education website in the graduate course catalog.  Students interested in the Program should consult with the designated TEACH Program advisor in their home department. 

ECO 507

RESEARCH METHODS FOR POLICY ANALYSIS I

This course focuses on the tools and techniques used to statistically analyze economic data. We will focus on both theoretical understanding (why do we use such tools and how do they work) and applied understanding (the ability to carry on a research project using these tools). Students will learn Stata, which is the most widely used statistical analysis programming language in Economics. Students will learn the practical skills of how to choose the right tools for the analysis, how to prepare and inspect the data, and how to run an analysis that is robust, can be replicated, and can be understood and used by others - all extremely valuable qualities in real life work.
Prerequisites:
ECO 555 or 505