Pre-Master Program

This program prepares students to start taking Masters-level courses. It is intended for applicants with, for instance, the following backgrounds:

  • Non-Economics majors (Engineering, Math, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Political Science and Sociology).
  • Business/Finance majors who did not take courses such as Intermediate Microeconomics, Intermediate Macroeconomics, Econometrics, Statistics, Linear Algebra, and Calculus I and II.
  • Economics majors who completed their degree several years ago and would like to revisit some topics.

The Pre-Master program is tailored to each student, depending on his/her background and academic plans. Most students can complete this program in only 1-2 semesters, both in-campus and online, including the summer semester, which allows for flexible paths. If a student earns a grade of B+ or higher in all his/her courses, he/she can start taking Master-level courses in August with the rest of incoming Masters students.

A typical schedule could include, for example, the following courses:

  1. Spring semester: EconS 301 (Intermediate Microeconomics with Calculus), EconS 311 (Introductory Econometrics), and Linear Algebra.
  2. Summer semester: EconS 302 (Intermediate Macroeconomics), Calculus I.

If admitted into our Master programs, the student receives a conditional admission letter, describing the list of recommended preparatory courses. Officially, the student is a graduate student at WSU, but cannot take Masters-level courses until earning B+ or higher in all courses recommended in his admission letter. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for more questions.

Contact Info

Jaimie Dahl
Graduate Coordinator
Hulbert 101D

Dr. Salvador Ortigueira
Chair, Graduate Studies Committee
Hulbert 323H

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