Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s in Financial Economics Program Policy

Students who wish to work toward both a Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in Financial Economics may do so in our Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s program if the student meets all application requirements. This accelerated plan provides the opportunity for students to complete both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in an efficient and effective format, normally in five year.  Undergraduate students who meet all the application requirements and are selected for enrollment into the MA program earn Pre-Master’s status as an undergraduate until they are officially graduated with their Bachelor’s degree and earn Graduate Student Status.  Once having earned Pre-Master’s status, an undergraduate student is able to enroll in the graduate courses and follow the program plan outlined in the attached Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s Program Plan.

Admissions Requirements

Students interested in pursuing the Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s Program plan in Financial Economics must complete the following application requirements:

1. By the start of Pre-Master’s status, they must have either

        - 75 credit hours earned and an overall BGSU GPA of at least 3.2 [1], or  

        - 90 credit hours earned and an overall BGSU GPA of at least 3.0

2. A completed Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s Program Application.

3. Transcripts from the registration and records office at BGSU[3];

4. At least one letter of recommendation from a full-time BGSU faculty member, preferably from graduate faculty within the student’s major or targeted graduate program.

5. At least one undergraduate course in each of the following disciplines: calculus, economics, and statistics.

6. Applicants are required to have one of the following:

  • prerequisites of at least 9 credit hours of courses in mathematics, statistics, or other quantitative disciplines[2] with a minimum of a B grade in those courses; or
  • the submission of official scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) with a recommended quantitative reasoning score of at least 50th percentile.

Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s Graduate College Policies

Student Status Once accepted into an Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s program, the student remains coded as an undergraduate student with Pre-Master’s status and officially becomes coded as a graduate student once the student has earned the bachelor’s degree.  The student’s coding as an undergraduate or graduate student is associated with other BGSU policies pertaining to degree status.

Credit hour policies The following policies apply to students in all Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s programs.

  1. After being accepted into an Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s program, students may take up to 12 credit hours of graduate credit while maintaining undergraduate status.
  2. Subject to program approval, students may apply a maximum of 12 credit hours to both the bachelor’s and master’s programs.  However, the ability to apply credit hours to both the undergraduate and graduate degree is influenced by each program’s minimum credit hour requirements (see policy #3).  Please note, credit hours will only appear once on the Academic transcript.  Because the MA program in Financial Economics includes the state of Ohio minimum of 30 credit hours, very few students will be permitted to dual count courses for both the Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree. 
  3. At the end of both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees, a student must have a minimum of 150 discrete semester credit hours (120 + 30 = 150 state of Ohio regulated minimum credits).  However, it is also the case that if a graduate program is an approved program for more than 30 credit hours (e.g., 36), then students must have successfully taken at least that number of graduate credit hours (e.g., 36) somewhere on their transcripts.
  4. Pre-Master’s students may enroll in 5000 and 6000 level graduate classes (not 7000).
  5. All graduate policies pertaining to graduate credit hours, time to degree, and other regulations are also applicable to Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s program students.

Tuition Students enrolled in Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s programs with Pre-Master’s status will pay tuition at the undergraduate rate through the completion of the bachelor’s degree.  Thereafter, students will be coded as graduate students and pay the graduate rate for tuition and fees.  

Financial Aid Students will be eligible for financial aid based on their BGSU student status as either an undergraduate or graduate student.  During a student’s Pre-Master’s status, they remain coded as undergraduate students and may be eligible for financial aid but not graduate assistantships. Once students become regularly admitted graduate students with full graduate student status, they may be eligible for graduate-level financial assistance, including graduate assistantships with stipends and/or graduate tuition scholarships.

Program Withdrawal A student admitted to an Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s program with a Pre-Master’s status may withdraw from the program and continue as a traditional undergraduate student toward the completion of the bachelor’s degree.                      

Program Dismissal Students who fail to maintain minimum requirements for adequate academic graduate standing will lose Pre-Master’s status, and as a result will be unable to continue taking graduate level courses. Under these conditions, if adequate standing is maintained for their undergraduate program, the student may continue in the bachelor’s degree program.

                                        Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s in Financial Economics Program Plan  

Students enrolled in the accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s Program in Financial Economics should follow the following course schedule for planning out graduate work that begins while still enrolled as an undergraduate student, followed by the courses taken when fully enrolled as a graduate student in the MA program.  In order to complete this plan in an accelerated format (4 years undergraduate + 1 year graduate), it is strongly recommended that students choose the Plan II option (non-thesis). Students who choose the thesis option should expect the completion of their master’s degree program to take longer than an additional extra (5th) year.

Pre-Master’s Status (limited to 12 credits maximum)

Courses that may be taken while an undergraduate student with Pre-Master’s Status:
    · ECON 5010: Mathematical Economics (Elective, 3 credits)
    · ECON 5020: Econometrics (Required, 3 credits)
    · MBA 5510: Investment Analysis and Management (Required, 3 credits)
    · MBA 5520: Financial Modeling (Required, 3 credits)

Master’s Degree Graduate Student Status
Courses to be taken once graduated with a bachelor’s degree and fully enrolled as a graduate student in the MA program:

      Any courses not taken in the list above while in Pre-Master’s Status


    · ECON 6070: Graduate Econometrics (3 credits)
    · ECON 6100: Microeconomic Theory (3 credits)
    · ECON 6110: Macroeconomic Theory (3 credits)
    · ECON 6720: Central Banking and the Financial System (3 credits)
    · ECON 6890: Internship or ECON 6900: Directed Research (3 credits)

Electives: (6 credit hours are required from these electives)

    · ECON 5800: Seminar in Economics, Topic: Game Theory (3 credits)
    · ECON 5140: Monetary Fiscal Policy (3 credits)
    · ECON 5310: Public Finance (3 credits)
    · ECON 5730: History of Economic Thought (3 credits)
    · ECON 6000: Behavior of Firm Global Environment (3 credits)
    · Related courses from other fields with approval of the graduate coordinator

Capstone Experience:

      Choose ONE:
                ECON 6890: Economic Internship (3 credits)
                ECON 6900: Directed Research (3 credits)

Total of credit hours: 30

[1] For the purposes of this policy, BGSU GPA is calculated based on BGSU credits only. However, credits transferred into BGSU may be counted as part of credit hours earned (not GPA).
[2] Quantitative disciplines other than mathematics and statistics are subject to approval by the graduate coordinator.
[3] The graduate college will obtain these records.