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Accelerated BA/MA

The Accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s (ABM) degree program in economics allows exceptional undergraduate economics students at NC State the opportunity to complete the requirements for both the Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at an accelerated pace.

If accepted as an ABM student, the undergraduate may double count up to 12 credits and obtain a non-thesis Master of Economics degree within 12 months of completing the Bachelor’s degree or obtain a thesis based Master of Science in Economics degree within 24 months of completing the Bachelor’s degree.

The key feature of the program is that students can count up to 12 credit hours of graduate level courses both towards their Bachelor’s degrees (in Economics or Agricultural Business Management) and towards their subsequent Master’s degrees.

The process of applying to the ABM Economics program is outlined briefly below. Links to detailed information regarding application, eligibility and graduate school requirements are also listed. Applicants should be familiar with these requirements.

Applying for the ABM Economics Program

To apply for the ABM Economics program:

  1. Meet with the Graduate Economics Program director to review the requirements for the ABM Economics program and to outline your course of study.
  2. Complete the Plan of Graduate Work and obtain signature approval of the Plan of Work from the Graduate Economics Program director; then contact the Undergraduate Economics Program director to confirm where graduate courses will count toward your undergraduate degree and obtain signature approval.  Students also may be required to meet with a career advisor to discuss how a master’s degree fits their career goals.   
  3. Submit the online application to Graduate School for admission to the master’s program. All parts of the application are required. Your requested admission date should be the semester following your anticipated bachelor’s degree conferral semester.


For More Information

For more information about the ABM program in Economics, please contact the undergraduate program director for your department, or the graduate program director.