Program Requirements

A minimum of 51 credits of graduate work is required for the Dual M.S. and M.A. Program in Mathematics and Economics, including at least 21 credits of course work in mathematics and at least 21 credits of course work in economics. In addition, 15 of 21 credits of mathematics course work must be at the 700 level, and 18 of 21 credits of economics courses must be at 700 level. A minimum GPA of 3.00 is required for the graduate course work that is part of the degree program. The following specific requirements must be met:

Mathematics Requirements

Core Requirements: Eighteen Credits From
  • MAT 657, Introduction to Real Analysis I
  • MAT 663, Advanced Matrix Theory and Applications
  • MAT 707, Real Analysis I
  • MAT 709, Complex Function Theory I
  • MAT 723, Advanced Ordinary Differential Equations I
  • MAT 771, Applied Analysis I
  • STA 761, Regression and Multivariate Analysis I
  • STA 762, Regression and Multivariate Analysis II
  • STA 767, Mathematical Statistics I
  • STA 768, Mathematical Statistics II
Elective Requirement

Three credits of MAT or STA course work at the 700 level in a field of special interest to the student, excluding those credits used to meet the Mathematics Core Requirements.

Six Credits For the Thesis in MAT 791 or STA 791

Students are required to defend a thesis on subjects in the interdisciplinary area of Mathematics and Economics. The thesis committee composes at minimum two graduate faculty members from the Economics Department.

Economics Requirements

Core Requirements: Eighteen Credits From
  • ECO 702, Microeconomic Theory
  • ECO 740, Mathematical Economics
  • ECO 770, Econometrics I, Statistical Modeling
  • ECO 772, Econometrics II
  • ECO 793, Seminar in Economics Research
Elective Requirement

Three credits of ECO course work at the 600 or 700 level in a field of special interest to the student, excluding those credits used to meet the Economics Core Requirements.

Three Credits for a Professional Paper, ECO794

The committee for the professional paper composes at most two graduate faculty members from the Mathematics Department.

Program Entrance Requirements

The Department of Economics and the Department of Mathematical Sciences welcome applications from college graduates in all fields. Applicants must satisfy the minimum requirement of the Graduate College, the MA ECO program, and the MS MAT program. The admissions standards for students entering the dual program will be identical to the existing MA ECO and MS MAT programs.

Admission to the M.S. Program in Mathematical Sciences

It requires that an applicant has a bachelors degree with a minimum GPA of 2.75 for all undergraduate work or a minimum GPA of 3.00 for the last two years of undergraduate work, and completed at least 18 credits of upper-division mathematics or statistics courses beyond calculus. If applicable, international applicants must submit an official TOEFL score (minimum score of 79 for the IBT, 213 for the computer test, or 550 for the paper test).

To apply for admission to the M.S. Program, applicants must submit application materials to both the Graduate College and the Department of Mathematical Sciences.

Firstly, applicants must submit to the Graduate College the following materials:

  • a completed application form
  • official transcripts from all colleges and universities the student has attended
  • official TOEFL score if applicable

Secondly, applicants must submit to the Department of Mathematical Sciences the following materials:

  • copies of all official transcripts sent to the Graduate College
  • at least two letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicants academic record and potential for advanced study in mathematical sciences
  • a completed application form for Graduate Assistantship, if interested
  • a statement of purpose describing the aim in applying for graduate study, the particular area of specialization within the mathematical sciences (if known), and any additional information that may aid the selection committee in evaluating the applicants preparation and aptitude for graduate study

Admission to the M.A. Program in Economics

Meet the general requirements for admission to graduate instruction at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, as described by the Graduate College.

Complete the prerequisite preparation in intermediate microeconomic theory (ECON-302), intermediate macroeconomic theory (ECON-303), and statistical analysis (ECON-262), plus at least one semester of calculus.

Students interested in the economics MA with insufficient undergraduate preparation may be admitted contingent on the deficiency being corrected by taking one or two undergraduate courses. Such students should contact the department's graduate coordinator before applying for the program.

Achieve a score of 2100 or higher on the following formula:

  • 200 times the grade point average (computed on a 4.00 scale) plus 1.5 times the combined score on the quantitative and verbal portion of the Graduate Record Exam
  • Students may substitute the GMAT score for the GRE, in which case the GMAT score will be multiplied by 3 and added to 200 times the grade point average

International applicants from countries where English is not the native language, or who did not receive a degree from an institution where English is the language of instruction, must show competency in English. Credentials not written in English must be accompanied by a certified English translation, as described by the Graduate College.The Graduate College requires the following score:

  • 550 on the written, or 213 on the computerized version of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • or 85 on the Michigan Test

International applicants must submit a completed Certificate of Finance to the Office of International Students & Scholars. In addition, international applicants must satisfy the financial eligibility requirements before an I-20 will be issued.

Complete Graduate-College application online and submit a nonrefundable admission application fee. Mail official transcripts to the Graduate College and Economics Department, respectively. Send two letters of recommendation, letter of intent as well as the official test score, GRE or GMAT to the Economics Department Admission to the M.A. Program in Economics.