PlusOne Accelerated Master’s Program

The PlusOne Program allows undergraduate economics majors at Northeastern to accelerate their study by applying graduate credits taken as an undergraduate toward both an undergraduate and a graduate degree.

If you are a motivated and academically outstanding student, you can begin earning a Master’s degree beginning in your junior year while completing your Bachelor’s degree. This is achieved by allowing you to “double count” up to 16 graduate credits toward both your graduate and undergraduate degree requirements.

There are three main reasons why this option might be right for you.

Undergraduate students may apply to the program as early as the beginning of their junior year, contingent upon having completed the core courses in the undergraduate economics major:

ECON 2315, Macroeconomic Theory
ECON 2316, Microeconomic Theory
ECON 2350, Statistics
ECON 2560, Applied Econometrics (B.S. Students) or ECON 3520, History of Thought (B.A students).

When Should I Apply?

You should apply in your junior year, as this will maximize the number of PlusOne degree graduate credits in which you can enroll.

How do I Apply?

  1. You should make an appointment with your academic advisor or the Economics MA Graduate Program Director (Professor Jun Ma) to make sure the program is right for you.
  2. If the department determines that you are eligible to apply for the PlusOne Program, you will submit a PlusOne Degree Program Internal Admission Application. You will be required to fill out the application, write an essay, and secure three letters of recommendation. Note that letters of recommendation from faculty must be submitted electronically.
  3. Submit this form, along with any additional materials required, to the College of Social Sciences and Humanities Graduate Office of Admissions and Student Services, 180 Renaissance Park.
  4. Once you have submitted your application it will be entered into the ApplyYourself application system by Graduate School staff and your recommenders will be notified by email to submit their letters via this system.


What Graduate Courses can I take?

Because economics graduate courses are four credits, you can complete up to four graduate courses while completing your undergraduate degree requirements, for a total of 16 credits Our regulations require you and externally-admitted Master’s students to complete the following four courses first: ECON 5105, Mathematics for Economists, ECON 5110, Microeconomic Theory, ECON 5120, Macroeconomic Theory, and ECON 5140, Applied Econometrics. Once you become a graduate student, you will be allowed to enroll in the same courses as other graduate students in our Master’s program.

Whom do I contact for more Information?

Speak with your undergraduate academic advisor, who will:

Also feel free to speak to the Graduate Coordinator about more information regarding graduate programs in economics.

Website:  PlusOne Accelerated Master’s Programs


Department Contacts

Gregory Wassall
Associate Professor
306 Lake Hall
Jun Ma
Associate Professor and MA Graduate Program Director
324 Lake Hall