Accelerated BA/MA

The Accelerated Bachelors/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 your undergraduate program coordinator to determine your suitability for the program and whether there is flexibility in your UG work plan to incorporate graduate coursework.
  2. Meet with the graduate economics program director to review the requirements for the ABM Economics program and to outline your course of study.
  3. Complete the Plan of Graduate Work based on conversations with the undergraduate and graduate program directors; obtain their signatures and approval of the Plan of Work and submit to the Graduate Economics Program office.
  4. 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. 

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