5-Year (3+2) Degree Program / ECON-MIA_IDEP

Bush School and Department of Economics

The Bush School of Government & Public Service and the Department of Economics offer a 5-year (3+2) degree program that allows economics majors to enter the Bush School at the start of their senior year (typically year four) at Texas A&M University. This enables students to receive both their economics undergraduate degree (BS/BA) and a Master of International Affairs (MIA) graduate degree, with a track emphasis in international development and economics policy (IDEP), at the end of five years.


To be considered for the 5-year degree program, economics students must have a minimum 3.25 GPA and have completed 102 of the 120 hours of course work required to receive a bachelor’s degree. These courses must include all of the specific prerequisites for either a B.S./B.A. in Economics, as well as the courses required by the College of Liberal Arts and by Texas A&M University for an undergraduate degree.

Economics Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Arts, Catalog 137

Texas A&M Core= 60 hours

  • ENGL 104 (3 hrs)
  • Speech & Writing (3 hrs)
  • ENGL Literature (6 hrs)
  • US HIST (6 hrs)
  • POLS 206 and POLS 207 (6 hrs)
  • Social Sciences (6 hrs)
  • Creative Arts (3 hrs)
  • Language, Philosophy, & Culture (3 hrs)
  • Creative Arts/Lang, Phil, & Culture (3 hrs)
  • Life and Physical Science (9 hrs)
  • MATH 140 or 152 (3 hrs)
  • MATH 142 or 151 (3 hrs)
  • ECMT 461 (3 hrs)
  • ACCT 209 (3 hrs)
International & Cultural Diversity (6 hrs) - may be used to satisfy any other requirement

Major Area = 33 hours

    • ECON 202, 203, 323, 410 (12 hrs)
    • ECON Electives (12)*

BS Requirements = 27 hours

  • ACCT 210 (3 hrs)
  • ECMT 463 (3 hrs)
  • General Electives (21 hrs) - 9 hours can double count from Bush School courses
  • Core Foreign Language – 2 years of same language in high school or 2 semester sequence

BA Requirements = 27 hours

  • Modern Language 100 & 200 courses (14 hrs)
  • General Electives (13 hrs) - 9 hours can double count from Bush School courses

Bush School’s MIA First-year = 18 of 24 hours can count for ECON undergrad credit

    ECON Electives =9 hrs can count
  • BUSH 631 (3 hrs)
  • BUSH 635 (for ECMT 463 or elective) (3 hrs)
  • INTA 608 (3 hrs)

  • General Electives =9 hrs can count
  • INTA 606 (3 hrs)
  • INTA 603, 667, or 689-Leadership (3 hrs)
  • Any approved INTA/BUSH/PSAA class not used elsewhere (6-9 hrs)

MIA Degree Requirements

Admitted students will be enrolled in Bush School graduate courses with an undergraduate classification (U4) during their fourth year and will be re-classified as degree-seeking master’s students (G7) upon completing 120 credit hours. This will normally occur at the start of the fall semester of the fifth year.

Five-year students will be required to complete the same 2-year, 48-hour curriculum as regularly-admitted IA students with an international development and economics policy track (not the national security and diplomacy track). The curriculum includes six core courses (18 hrs), at least two concentration areas of three courses each (18 hrs), and four elective courses or an additional concentration (12 hrs). Five-year program participants must choose two areas of concentration from the four modules that are sponsored by the IDEP track, including international economic development, international economics & trade, multinational enterprises & public policy, and conflict & development. They also must take Quantitative Methods in Public Mgmt II (BUSH 632 or 635) as one of their area concentration courses. An international internship or an intensive language/cultural study for those without substantive professional experience is completed in the summer between the first and second year, and a capstone project for a “real world” client in their final semester caps the learning experience. As well, all students for whom English is their native language must pass an oral examination demonstrating proficiency in one foreign language before graduation.


Economics majors who have at least a 3.25 GPA and who will have taken all of their prerequisite courses and otherwise completed 102 hours by the fall of their fourth year (meaning you have the summer before entry to complete any required hours) will be eligible to apply for the 5-year program during their junior year. Admission criteria for the 5-year program will be the same as for other students, and applicants will submit the same materials (including GRE scores); the one exception to this is the submission of a 2-page application found on the Bush School website rather that the ApplyTexas application, hence no application fee.

Students who choose not to finish the MIA degree after being admitted to the 5-year degree program may exit the program at any time. Completed MIA courses will be applied to their bachelor’s degree in economics, as appropriate. Failure to complete the MIA program will in no way impede their ability to attain a bachelor’s degree in economics when the requirements for that degree are completed.

Those who pursue the 5-year program will receive both Texas A&M degrees upon completion of the entire program, earning their B.S./B.A. in Economics and their Master of International Affairs at the end of their second year in the Bush School. Although they earn both, students will only walk for their MIA graduation ceremony.


Fourth Year


  • BUSH 631: Quant Methods I* (as BA quant requirement)
  • INTA 606: International Politics in Theory & Practice+
  • INTA 608: Fundamentals of the Global Economy*
  • One approved INTA elective+


  • BUSH 635: Quant Methods II*/**
  • Leadership course: INTA 603: American Diplomacy, INTA 667: Int'l Crisis Mgmt, or INTA 689: Leadership in Int'l Affairs+
  • Two approved IA electives+


  • Professional international internship or intensive language and cultural study

Fifth Year


  • Four approved electives (or Study Abroad option)


  • BUSH 670: Capstone Seminar
  • Three approved electives

* double-counted as ECON Major/Elective
** double-counted as ECMT 463 or ECON Elective
+ double-counted as ECON General Electives


Advising for the 5-year program is a coordinated effort by both the Department of Economics and the Bush School. Economics departmental advising will help ensure that interested students have satisfied the prerequisite course requirements for the bachelor’s degree by the start of their senior year.

Advisors are found in Rm. 3035; MWF by appt. (M-F, 1-4 PM), scheduled https://swan.tamu.edu/ECON, or walk-ins (M-F, 9-11:30 AM).
Economics advisors:
Vince Hernandez, vhernandez@tamu.edu
Rochelle Read, rochelle.read@tamu.edu
Paula Verdegaal, paulav@tamu.edu

You may also contact the Bush School for admissions information and curriculum advising.