Accelerated Degree Program

Accelerated Degree Program in Economics

Complete your BS with a specialization in financial economics and an MA in economics in five years.

  • Save time: Earn your master's degree in one year instead of two

  • Save money: Pay graduate tuition for only one year

  • Take advantage of the value: Binghamton offers an Ivy-caliber education at a state university tuition

  • Strengthen your marketability: Graduate degrees hone job-related skills in communications, research methods, data analysis, teamwork and big-picture thinking — skills sought out by employers worldwide

  • Increase your earning potential: Salaries for people holding master's degrees are on average $10,000 higher than for those with bachelor's degrees


The accelerated program in economics offers majors the opportunity to enhance their training with master's-level courses in economics, completing both a BS and an MA in five years. To allow completion of both degrees in five years, ECON 502 and ECON 504, taken in the senior year as an undergraduate student, substitute for ECON 466 and ECON 467. Credit for these courses will be applied to both programs.

Students may apply to the department for admission to the accelerated program during their junior year. Admission to the to the Graduate School and is conditional on earning an average GPA of 3.0 in the two graduate courses taken in the fourth year. Students need to apply to the Graduate School for Accelerated/4+1 Degree Programs.

Summary of Course Requirements for the 4+1 track in Financial Economics