BA/MAE Applied Economics Program

The Mills College Accelerated Degree Program (BA/MAE) allows majors in economics and other fields to earn a bachelor's degree followed by a master's degree in Applied Economics (MAE). The program is designed to be completed with one additional year of study after completion of the BA degree. Non-Mills students and Mills alums may also apply to this program as well. Mills students should declare their intention to enter the BA/MAE program in their junior year by meeting with an advisor in the Economics department and discussing a course plan that will allow the MAE to be earned in one extra year.

Mills students applying to an accelerated degree program, such as the BA/MAE, are not required to pay an application fee for their graduate application and may use unofficial transcripts and transfer of credit reports printed from the portal in lieu of an official Mills transcript. For more information, please explore links to the application and deadlines and the online application. You may also contact the Office of Graduate Admissions with questions about the application process.

Students can complete the MAE in one year following their bachelor’s degree provided they have completed, with grades C or better, twelve courses from the following list of courses. (At most six of these courses can be electives.)

Foundation Courses
ECON 081Introduction to Statistics3
ECON 100Microeconomic Theory4
ECON 101Macroeconomic Theory3
ECON 164Econometrics and Business Forecasting4
MATH 047
Calculus I
and Calculus I Workshop
MATH 048
Calculus II
and Calculus II Workshop
MATH 049Multivariable Calculus4
CS 063Introduction to Computer Science 4
CS 064Computer Concepts and Intermediate Programming4
or MATH 004 Discrete Mathematics I

Courses for Quantitative and Analytical Skill Development

ECON 149Strategic Behavior3
ECON 165Applied Econometrics3
MATH 108Mathematical Modeling4
or ECON 175 Mathematical Modeling in Economics
ECON 182Modeling and Data Analysis3


BIO 002General Biology II with Lab4
BIO 125Principles of Ecology 4
CS 124Data Structures and Algorithms4
CS 186Web Programming4
DATA 060Data Visualization3
DATA 150Introduction to Data Analysis4
ECON 113Money and Financial Institutions3
ECON 116Corporate Finance3-4
ECON 118Financial Derivatives3
ECON 130The Economics of Poverty, Inequality, and Discrimination3
ECON 134Public Sector Economics: The Economics of Government3
ECON 136Managerial Economics3-4
ECON 139Urban Economics3
ECON 153Environmental Economics3
ECON 155International Trade3
ECON 158International Finance3
ECON 159Economic Development3
ENVS 107Climate Change3
MATH 050Linear Algebra4
MATH 102Probability and Statistics4
MATH 127Linear Optimization4
or CS 127 Linear Optimization
MATH 141Real Analysis I4
MATH 142Real Analysis II4
PPOL 132Theories of International Relations3-4
PPOL 150Environmental Policy Analysis3
PPOL 227Local and Community Policy Making, Planning, and Management3