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Economics & Finance Dept.
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Laramie, WY 82071
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Dual Master's in Economics and Finance

This program is designed for students who wish to have a more quantitative background suitable for research, including study at the PhD level or analysis as a financial market researcher. The program includes heavy emphasis in the areas of research and quantitative methodologies not usually emphasized at the master's level. The dual major will prepare a student for research or future graduate studies at the PhD level in both economics and finance.  

A program like this is offered at few other schools. We are able to offer this dual major at the University of Wyoming because our economics and finance programs reside in the same department. Several of our faculty members have expertise in Financial Economics, allowing students to study topics in finance from an economics perspective.  Graduate students in dual program must complete, or have previously completed, course work that satisfies the Dual MS Economics & Finance prerequisite courses listed on the Application Information webpage.

The Master's with a Dual Major in Economics and Finance requires 39 credits to be completed: 33 credits of coursework and a master's thesis, which completes the final 6 credits for the degree.

Students will start their course of study with two courses in economic theory (ECON 5020 and ECON 5330), as well as Applied Econometrics (ECON 5340). The students will then complete courses in Empirical Finance (FIN 5400), Investment Management (FIN 5310), Finance Theory (FIN 5520) and Macro Analysis I (ECON 5010). Students will also take a two semester series of Financial Economics (ECON 5640 and ECON 5650) and a course in Corporate Governance (FIN 5320). The students are also offered a variety of electives to fulfill their 39 credits.  For a complete list of the program's courses, click here.

Sample Program - Dual MS in Economics and Finance

Year 1
Fall Semester

Spring Semester
ECON 5340 Applied Econometrics FIN 5310 Investment Management
ECON 5020 Micro Analysis I FIN 5320 Corporate Governance
ECON 5330 Mathematical Econ FIN 5400 Empirical Finance
Year 2
Fall Semester
Spring Semester
ECON 5010 Macro Analysis I
ECON 5640 Financial Economics I
ECON 5650 Financial Economics II Grad Elective
FIN 5520 Financial Theory Seminar


The master's student will select a major professor for direction with master's thesis. A committee, selected by the student and his or her major professor, conducts an oral examination of the thesis and areas studied in the program. A favorable report from the committee completes the degree requirements.

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