Frequently asked questions about the AMP

1. How do I get the code required to apply?

When you decide you would like to apply to the Department of Applied Economics Accelerated Master's Platform, a code will be required. After speaking to your advisor, you may request a code from Tjodie Richardson.

2. What are the application fees?

The application fees are waived for this program.

3. When should I apply?

You should apply during the Winter term of your junior year after you have completed 105 undergraduate credits. You will be notified of admission during Spring term after applications are due.  Accepted students will enter the AMP during the Fall term of their senior year. After completing your undergraduate degree requirements, you will automatically enter the master's program. More information on the application process here

4. How many graduate level credits can I take during my undergraduate degree?

Students may take up to 15 credits of 500-level classes, however, only 12 credits will be double-counted for both your undergraduate and graduate degree. If you take an additional 3 graduate-level credits, they can be transferred into the master's degree, but will not count toward undergraduate degree requirements also. Only credits with letter grades of B (3.00) or better may be counted for graduate credit.

5. Do I have to pay graduate level tuition for 500-level courses that I will double-count towards my master's degree?

No, as long as you are enrolled as an undergraduate student, you will be charged undergraduate rates for 500-level classes, and students enrolled in the AMP program will be eligible for financial aid (Pell Grant) until they complete their undergraduate degree.

6. If I decide to withdraw from this program will my undergraduate degree be affected?

No, you will receive your undergraduate degree upon completion of your undergraduate requirements regardless of whether you withdraw from the AMP.

7. How do the 12 credits that are counted in both the undergraduate and MS degree have to be split up into course work?

The 12 credits that are counted toward both degrees have to be taken as courses that add up to exactly 12 credits to get the full benefit of the program. For example, you may take 4 courses that are 3 credits each (12 credits total), or you may take 3 courses that are 4 credits (12 credits total).

If you take more than 12 credits across 3 or 4 courses, you will not get the full benefit. For example, if you take 2 classes that are 4 credits each and 2 classes that are 3 credits each for a total of 14 credits, you will only have 11 credits that are double counted because the registrar cannot “split” the credits for the fourth course, only double counting only one credit.

Remember that you may take up to 15 credits at the graduate level to transfer into your MS program. If you take 3 classes at the 500-level that are 4 credits each for a total of 12 credits, 8 credits would be double counted and the additional 4 credits would still count toward your MS. Just be aware that you need to plan to have enough credits to complete your undergraduate requirements.

8. What potential career opportunities and skills can be gained from the AMP? 

A MS in Applied Economics can open new and exciting career opportunities, give you skills and training valued by employers in both the private and public sector, and could even be an important first step for students thinking about pursuing a PhD. See more details here