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Economics JUMP Program (Joint Undergraduate-Masters Degree Program)
Accelerated Masters In Applied Economics

Under certain conditions, undergraduate students majoring in economics may qualify for the JUMP program in economics. This is an accelerated masters program that allows students majoring in economics to take up to 12 hours in approved graduate level courses as an undergraduate student and apply those courses jointly to both their undergraduate and graduate degree programs. 

Student Eligibility:

To be eligible for admission into the M.A. in Applied Economics JUMP program, students must

  • have a minimum GPA of 3.25
  • have completed at least 60 hours of undergraduate coursework with at least 24 hours at WKU
  • have completed no more than 96 hours of undergraduate coursework

Exception: students are eligible who have more than 96 hours but have completed 15 hours or less toward the B.A. in Economics degree, or have completed 15 or less of 300-400 level Economics courses toward the B.S. in Business Economics, or have completed 9 hours or less of 300-400 level Economics courses in the B.S. in Mathematical Economics

  • submit a Plan of Study for JUMP that is approved by the program advisor.

Coursework After Admission into the JUMP program:

Upon admission to the JUMP program

  • students must maintain at least a 3.2 GPA in economics coursework and a 3.0 GPA in overall coursework to remain in good standing. Students who fail to maintain the GPA minimums may be denied graduate standing.
  • students may take undergraduate coursework to be applied to their undergraduate degree and coursework to be applied to their graduate degree during the same semester as well as count specified courses toward both undergraduate and graduate programs (listed below)
  • students must complete the master's degree within 3 (non-summer) semesters from the awarding of the bachelor's degree for a non-thesis program and within 24 months for a thesis program; failure to complete the master's degree will result in loss of credit toward the graduate degree
  • students remain undergraduates until meeting all undergraduate degree requirements and are eligible for all rights and privileges granted undergraduate including financial aid
  • students may apply the following courses to both their undergraduate and graduate degrees:

ECON 400G Issues in Capital Market Economics
ECON 410G Seminar in Economics
ECON 420G Public Finance
ECON 430G Environmental Economics
ECON 434G Economics of Poverty and Discrimination
ECON 440G American Industry
ECON 445G Economics of Healthcare
ECON 464G Introduction to Mathematical Economics
ECON 465G Regression and Econometric Analysis
ECON 475G Urban and Regional Economics
ECON 491G History of Economic Thought
ECON 496G International Monetary Economics

Completion of Undergraduate Degree (Normal and Special Circumstances):

  • Students who have completed a minimum of 120 hours (including joint undergraduate/graduate hours) along with the other requirements for either the B.A. or B.S. as listed in the university catalogue are eligible to apply for their undergraduate degree.
  • Special circumstances involving personal hardships may arise on students so that completion of the JUMP is difficult or impossible. An undergraduate JUMP student who has reached 120 credit hours and the total credit hour requirements for the B.A. or B.A. (including joint credit) may appeal to the Department and Gordon Ford College of Business that coursework taken for graduate credit be substituted for specific elements of the B.A. or B.S. degree, thereby permitting the degree to be awarded. Students must document these hardships in their appeal. Poor class performance is not considered a hardship.

Admission to Graduate Studies and Research for JUMP Students:

  • students must be admitted to Graduate Studies at WKU to complete their M.A. in Applied Economics;
  • the GRE admission requirement is waived for JUMP students;
  • students may be admitted to Graduate Studies at the beginning of the semester immediately following the semester of the awarding of their undergraduate degree;
  • on admission to Graduate Studies, the student is classified as a graduate student and granted all rights and privileges of WKU graduate students; the student no longer qualifies for undergraduate classification for any purpose after admission to Graduate Studies;
  • students may count a maximum of 12 hours of graduate coursework prior to admission to Graduate Studies;
  • ECON 502, 503, 506, 465G, 594, and 596 are required.
  • Any 500-level economics courses must be taken after admission to Graduate Studies.

For more information, contact Dr. Brian Goff, Economics Graduate Studies Director, GH 414, 270-745-3855, brian.goff@wku.edu or Dr. Catherine Carey, Economics Department Chair, GH 432, 270-745-2249, cathy.carey@wku.edu.

 Last Modified 7/22/13