Feb 06, 2023  
2012-2013 Graduate Catalog 

Dual Master of Arts in Economics & Master of Science in Mathematical Sciences

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The dual Master of Arts in Economics and Master of Science in Mathematical Sciences combines economic reasoning with mathematical methods. The program attracts students with focused career choices that require core competence in analytical skills and mathematical methods. It also prepares students with interests in pursuing a Ph.D. in economics with substantial quantitative skills, or a Ph.D. in Mathematics with economic applications. We believe that the analytical nature of the program will attract high quality undergraduates.

The MA in Economics portion of the dual degree advances students’ knowledge in macro- and micro-economic theory. It also provides students with econometrics as well as developing their communication skills. The MS in Mathematical Sciences portion of the dual degree is designed to equip graduate students with a solid foundation of mathematics, statistics, and real-world applications.

Admission Requirements

The Departments of Economics and Mathematical Sciences welcome applications from college graduates in all fields.  Applicants must satisfy the minimum requirement of the Graduate College, the MA  in Economics program, and the MS in Mathematics program.

Admission to the M.A. Program in Economics

  1. Meet the general requirements for admission to graduate instruction at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, as described by the Graduate College.

  1. Complete the prerequisite preparation in intermediate microeconomic theory (ECON-302), intermediate macroeconomic theory (ECON-303), and statistical analysis (ECON-262), plus at least one semester of calculus. Students interested in the economics MA with insufficient undergraduate preparation may be admitted contingent on the deficiency being corrected by taking one or two undergraduate courses. Such students should contact the department’s graduate coordinator before applying for the program.

  1. Achieve a score of 2100 or higher on the following formula: 200 times the grade point average (computed on a 4.00 scale) plus 1.5 times the combined score on the quantitative and verbal portion of the Graduate Record Exam. GRE scores for tests taken after August 1, 2011 may be adjusted accordingly to reflect the new GRE format and scoring rubric. Students may substitute the GMAT score for the GRE, in which case the GMAT score will be multiplied by 3 and added to 200 times the grade point average.

  1. International applicants from countries where English is not the native language, or who did not receive a degree from an institution where English is the language of instruction, must show competency in English. The Graduate College requires a score of 550 on the written, or 213 on the computerized, version of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or 85 on the Michigan Test. Credentials not written in English must be accompanied by a certified English translation, as described by the Graduate College.

  1. International applicants must submit a completed Certificate of Finance to the Office of International Students & Scholars. In addition, international applicants must satisfy the financial eligibility requirements before an I-20 will be issued.

  1. Complete the Graduate College application online and submit a nonrefundable admission application fee. Mail official transcripts to the Graduate College and Economics Department, respectively. Send two letters of recommendation, letter of intent as well as the official test score, GRE or GMAT to the Economics Department.

Admission to the M.S. Program in Mathematical Sciences

It requires that an applicant has a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA of 2.75 for all undergraduate work or a minimum GPA of 3.00 for the last two years of undergraduate work, and completed at least 18 credits of upper-division mathematics or statistics courses beyond calculus. If applicable, international applicants must submit an official TOEFL score (minimum score of 79 for the IBT, 213 for the computer test, or 550 for the paper test).

To apply for admission to the M.S. Program, applicants must submit application materials to both the Graduate College and the Department of Mathematical Sciences. Firstly, applicants must submit to the Graduate College the following materials: a completed application form; the official transcripts from all colleges and universities the student has attended; and the official TOEFL score if applicable. Secondly, applicants must submit to the Department of Mathematical Sciences the following materials: copies of all official transcripts sent to the Graduate College; at least two letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant’s academic record and potential for advanced study in mathematical sciences; a completed application form for Graduate Assistantship, if interested; and a statement of purpose describing the aim in applying for graduate study, the particular area of specialization within the mathematical sciences (if known), and any additional information that may aid the selection committee in evaluating the applicant’s preparation and aptitude for graduate study.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 51 credits of graduate work is required for the Dual M.S. and M.A. Program in Mathematics and Economics, including at least 21 credits of course work in mathematics and at least 21 credits of course work in economics. In addition, 15 of 21 credits of mathematics course work must be at the 700 level, and 18 of 21 credits of economics courses must be at 700 level. A minimum GPA of 3.00 is required for the graduate course work that is part of the degree program. The following specific requirements must be met:

1.  Core Requirements:

Economics Core Requirements: 18 credits


Mathematics Core Requirements: 18 credits


2.  Three credits of MAT or STA course work at the 700 level in a field of special interest to the student, excluding those credits used to meet the Mathematics Core Requirements.

3.  Three credits of ECO course work at the 600 or 700 level in a field of special interest to the student, excluding those credits used to meet the Economics Core Requirements.

4.  Six credits for the thesis in

  or  . Students are required to defend a thesis on subjects in the interdisciplinary area of Mathematics and Economics. The committee chair and two other committee members must be from the Mathematics Department. The thesis committee must be composed at minimum of two graduate faculty members from the Economics Department.

5.  Three credits for a professional paper,

 . The committee for the professional paper must be composed of a chair and two committee members from the Economics Department and one graduate faculty member from the Mathematics Department.

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