Accelerated Graduate Enrollment (AGRADE)

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Department of Economics have established an accelerated combined undergraduate and graduate program (AGRADE) whereby qualified seniors in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences may enroll simultaneously in some undergraduate and graduate programs of the college. A maximum of 15 credits may be applied towards both undergraduate and graduate degrees in economics. Those who elect the AGRADE program may expect to complete the bachelor's and master's degrees in five years of full-time study.


AGRADE applicants must have an overall GPA which places them in the top twentieth percentile of the senior class (cum laude). Applicants are also expected to have performed at a superior level in economics, as determined by the department and reflected in a GPA in the major of at least 3.6 at the time of application.


A student seeking AGRADE status should present to the Graduate Admissions Committee of the economics department all of the materials which that department requires for normal admission, except for the graduate record examination (GRE). Since the GRE is required for the Ph.D. program in economics, it is expected that this examination will be taken at the normal time and scores forwarded to the department if the applicant plans to pursue a Ph.D. degree.


The earliest date by which a student may apply for the AGRADE program is during the semester in which he/she completes 90 credits toward the undergraduate degree.

Students may elect a minimum of three and a maximum of fifteen AGRADE credits. These will be used to complete the baccalaureate degree as well as to serve as the beginning of graduate study. Upon formal admission to a masters program, AGRADE credits are transferred as if they were graduate credits transferred from a graduate program at another university. The remaining graduate credits required for the master's degree will be earned in the conventional manner following formal admission to the graduate program.

For more details about the AGRADE program, contact one of our academic advisors or the Graduate Office of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at, 313-577-3117.

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