Accelerated Dual-Degree BS in Economics/MBA (3+1)

Program contact: Donn Johnson 203-582-8205

The Accelerated Dual-Degree BS in Economics/MBA (3+1) program offers highly motivated students an opportunity to earn a BS in Economics and an MBA from the School of Business in just 4 years. Both degrees are completed in full without compromise. Students continue to have the ability to study abroad or engage in a program such as QU in DC.

This program offers advantages to students who have a passion for economics and ambitions for a career in the global business landscape. The study of economics develops a student’s critical thinking and analytical skills. Students planning careers as managers often seek a strong general education.A student who wishes to have his or her resume stand out from the pack, while developing the above skills and earning a respected degree in business might consider this 3+1 program as a differentiator.

Additionally, this program offers advantages to students who wish to pursue leadership roles within the business world or government. There is a demand within industry for skilled leaders who possess strong business administration skills paired with a core understanding of economics.  Examples of high-paying jobs that 3+1 students would be uniquely qualified for include: policy analyst, management consultant, global management, financial analyst, operations manager, and pricing analyst. By pairing their passion for economics with the MBA degree, economics students substantially increase their employability and earning power upon graduation without compromising the personal, interpersonal and intellectual growth that a liberal arts education offers.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterCredits
FYS 101 First-Year Seminar 3
EN 101 Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing 3
EC 111 Principles of Microeconomics 3
MA 170 Probability and Data Analysis 3
Foreign Language 101 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits18
Spring Semester
EN 102 Academic Writing and Research 3
EC 112 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
EC 272 Advanced Applied Statistics 3
Foreign Language 102 3
Fine Arts Elective 3
Personal Inquiry Elective (non-EC) 3
 Credits18
Summer Semester
Humanities Elective 3
Fine Arts (AR) or Science (SC) (no lab) 3
 Credits6
Second Year
Fall Semester
EC 211 Intermediate Microeconomics 3
EC Elective 3
EC Elective 3
Natural Science with Lab 4
Humanities Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits19
Spring Semester
AC 211 Financial Accounting 3
EC 212 Intermediate Macroeconomics 3
EC 365 Econometrics 3
EC Elective 3
Free Electives 6
 Credits18
Summer Semester
Any Inquiry Elective (if not taken yet) 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits6
Third Year
Fall Semester
EC 450 Senior Seminar 3
FIN 201 Fundamentals of Financial Management 3
MBA 615 Skills for Contemporary Business Issues 3
MBA 601 Foundations for Decision Making (MBA QUick Start) 1
Free Electives 9
 Credits19
Spring Semester
CAS 420 CAS Integrative Capstone 3
MBA 620 Financial and Managerial Accounting for Decision Making (AC 620) 3
EC 600 Managerial Economics 3
Free Electives 6
Free Elective 1
 Credits16
Summer Semester
MBA Electives 6
 Credits6
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
MBA Electives 6
MBA 625 Organizational Behavior and Leadership for Decision Makers 3
MBA 635 Decision Making for Business Operations 3
MBA 640 Financial Decision Making 3
 Credits15
Spring Semester
MBA 645 Marketing Decision Making 3
MBA 660 Decision Making in a Global Economy 3
MBA 690 Strategic Management 3
MBA Electives 6
 Credits15
 Total Credits156

Student Learning Outcomes 

Upon completion of the undergraduate program, students will achieve the following competencies:

1.  Knowledge of Economics: Students demonstrate and can apply the core theories of economics.

2.  Quantitative Reasoning: Students develop the ability to represent mathematical information symbolically, visually, numerically and verbally, and to interpret mathematical models such as graphs, tables and schematics to draw inferences. They also develop an ability to use arithmetical, algebraic, geometric and statistical methods to solve social and business problems.

3.  Critical Thinking: Students develop the ability to recognize problems and to acquire, assess and synthesize information to analyze social and business problems.

Upon completion of the MBA program, students will develop and emphasize skills in the following areas:

1.  Business Analytics: Demonstrate facility with quantitative methods and tools and an ability to interpret financial metrics.

2.  Managing People: Demonstrate an ability to understand models and applications of leadership and social intelligence.

3.  Managing Organizations: Demonstrate an ability to understand organizational behavior and structures and the importance of effective communication.

4.  Strategic Integration: Assess and diagnose a situation and to formulate and implement effective decisions and responses to business problems.

5.  Ethics: Identify ethical issues related to business situations and to develop appropriate situational responses consistent with organizational and societal values.

6.  Knowledge of Business Disciplines: Demonstrate knowledge of business disciplines (marketing, management, finance and managerial accounting) and the connection between disciplines.

Admission Requirements: College of Arts and Sciences

The requirements for admission into the undergraduate College of Arts and Sciences programs are the same as those for admission to Quinnipiac University.

Admission Requirements: Accelerated Dual-Degree BS/MBA (3+1) 

The Accelerated Dual-Degree BS/MBA (3+1) program does not have a separate application process. Students admitted to the College of Arts and Sciences who meet the program criteria will be invited to enter the program.  To be considered for this accelerated program, students generally must be ranked in the top 20 percent of their high school class, and must have a total SAT score (critical reading and math) of 1200 or higher, or an ACT composite score of 27 or higher.  

Admission to the university is competitive, and applicants are expected to present a strong college prep program in high school. Prospective first-year students are strongly encouraged to file an application as early in the senior year as possible, and arrange to have first quarter grades sent from their high school counselor as soon as they are available.

For detailed admission requirements, including required documents, please visit the Admissions page of this catalog.