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Combined Degree Program

Economics Honors (BA) + Economics and Policy Analysis (MS)

Business program

The MS in Economics and Policy Analysis (MS-EPA) 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-EPA 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 combined degree program during their sophomore/junior year. Students must complete ECO 105ECO 106ECO 305MAT 135 or equivalent, MAT 137 or equivalent before being admitted to the program. Students who begin the program in the fall quarter, typically take the following graduate level courses during their senior year:

Course Title Quarter Hours
Graduate Economics elective (subject to prerequisites)4

Students who begin the program in winter or spring quarters,  will  select graduate courses in consultation with the Director of the MS in Economics and Policy Analysis Program.

The three graduate courses will count towards completion of the BA and will also count towards completion of the MS-EPA.  Students may count their three graduate courses as major or open electives. One of the graduate level courses may count as an advanced elective for the Economics Honors Track if the minimum grade of B- is met. The undergraduate degree will be awarded at the completion of all undergraduate work while the MS-EPA will be awarded upon completion of the remaining graduate level work.

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Economics Honors (BA) + Secondary Education Social Science (MEd)


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 BA in their disciplinary major and a MEd in Education with State of Illinois Secondary Social Science licensure.

Students may apply to the TEACH 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 TEACH Program capstone course, TCH 390, and three 400-level courses that count toward both their undergraduate and graduate degrees:

Junior Year Coursework: 4 undergraduate quarter hours required

Course Title Quarter Hours
TCH 320EXPLORING TEACHING IN THE URBAN HIGH SCHOOL (fulfills the Liberal Studies Program experiential learning (EL) requirement)4

Senior Year Coursework: 4 quarter hours required

Course Title Quarter Hours
TCH 390CAPSTONE: INTEGRATING EDUCATION & DISCIPLINARY FOUNDATIONS (fulfills undergraduate Capstone requirement; major area may require a separate Capstone course)4

Undergraduate/Graduate Double-Counted Courses: 12 undergraduate/graduate quarter hours required, grade of C or better required.

Course Title Quarter Hours

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:

  • HST 298
  • HST 299
  • 3 United States History courses
  • 2 Non-United States History courses
  • 6 from the economics major
  • Additional licensure requirements: (one course in each area required)
    • Geography (GEO 101 recommended)
    • Political Science (PSC 120 recommended)
    • Psychology (PSY 105 recommended)
    • Sociology (SOC 101 recommended)
    • Anthropology (ANT 102 recommended)

This combined degree program of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and the College of Education was collaboratively developed, and is governed and taught by faculty from these units.

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 5th-12th grade levels. 

 A full description of the TEACH Program can be found here.    Students interested in the TEACH Program should consult with the designated TEACH Program advisor in their home department.

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