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The Bachelor of Arts degree program in economics at Metropolitan State University of Denver(MSU Denver) offers a rigorous academic experience that teaches students to think like economists—a unique and valuable skill.

Our graduates understand economic theories of value and distribution, market structure and the pricing and output behavior of firms, the use of mathematical models and economic data in hypothesis testing and forecasting, central economic theories—both macro and micro—and their policy implications and the macroeconomics role of fiscal and monetary policy in both an open and a closed economy.

The discipline trains students to critically analyze and evaluate information, which gives them the fundamental tools to succeed in any field or in graduate study.

Program Options

The Bachelor of Arts in economics degree requires a minimum of 120 semester hours, and students must select a minor that complements the major.

Students also may choose to obtain Colorado licensure for secondary education in social studies concurrently with earning a degree in economics.




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Admissions and Transfer Counselors are available on a walk-in basis.

Benefits of Earning Your Degree at MSU Denver

The Department of Economics delivers the academic content you expect from a bachelor’s program. At the same time, we bring to the table everything that’s unique about MSU Denver’s people and our city’s economics community. Here’s what’s distinctive about our program:

• A vibrant and diverse downtown campus near the business district.

• Small class sizes, which means more individual attention for students.

• Experienced instructors with varied knowledge and backgrounds.

• Faculty who are dedicated to your success and to hands-on advising.

• Real-world preparation through internships and experiential learning.

• A strong reputation of excellence in the Denver business community.

• The opportunity to conduct an individual economics research paper.

Career Opportunities for Our Graduates

Federal Reserve and public finance


Economic development

Public policy

International trade


Graduate school*

*Economics majors have higher than average LSAT scores for law school.

Hear from our students:

“The research and analytical skills I gained from the MSU Denver economics program have allowed me to pursue opportunities in a variety of fields and be a valued contributor in my organization.”

—Kevin Cunnane (BA in economics 2014)

Alumni at Work

Morgan Stanley

CoreFirst Bank & Trust

Sierra Nevada Corporation

Other graduates have started their own businesses; found jobs in finance and government; and pursued advanced degrees from impressive universities—like Harvard Law School—in economics, law, public policy and business administration.

Sample Classes

With more than 20 elective courses to choose from, you can either create a broad academic experience or focus on a specific area of interest. Popular electives include:

Economics of Race and Gender

Development Economics

Economic History of the U.S.

Global Economy and International Trade

Environmental Economics

Managerial Economics

Program Accreditation

The degree in economics at MSU Denver is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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