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
509-335-5555
jaimie@wsu.edu

Dr. Salvador Ortigueira
Chair, Graduate Studies Committee
Hulbert 323H
509-335-8402
salvador.ortigueira@wsu.edu

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