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Apply credits from lower credentials to higher ones. Our programs are designed to build upon themselves:
- Number of Courses Required: 40 (120 Credits)
- For students entering the program in Fall 2023 and beyond.
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Economics Requirements (6 Courses / 18cr)
- ECON.2010 Principles of Microeconomics (3cr) - Available Winter 2024!
- ECON.2020 Principles of Macroeconomics (3cr) - Available Winter 2024!
- ECON.3030 Microeconomic Theory † (3cr) - Available Spring 2024!
- ECON.2110 Statistics for Business and Economics I (3cr) - Available Spring 2024!
- ECON.3040 Macroeconomic Theory † (3cr)
- ECON.2120 Statistics for Business and Economics II † (3cr)
Economics Electives (6 Courses / 18cr)
Choose 6 Economics courses with a prefix of ECON.xxxx at the 3000/4000 level.
Free Electives (16 Courses / 48cr)
This program gives you the freedom to choose any 16 courses that interest you. Transfer credits may also satisfy this requirement. You may also choose to pursue a minor. Please speak with your advisor for additional information.
ECON.3020† and ECON.3450† are two courses that may interest students in the economics program. In addition, they can be used to satisfy the University's Core Curriculum Essential Learning Outcomes for Diversity and Cultural Awareness (DCA) and Social Responsibility and Ethics (SRE).
University Core Curriculum (12 Required Courses / 36-38 credits)
Under UMass Lowell's Core Curriculum, students must meet Breadth of Knowledge (BOK) requirements and Essential Learning Outcomes (ELOs).
†Satisfies an ELO. Check your advertisement report in SiS or speak with your advisor to make sure you are fulfilling all 7 ELOs.
Undergraduate Degree Requirements
All bachelor's degree candidates are required to earn a minimum 2.000 cumulative grade point average (GPA), to present a minimum of 120 semester hours, to fulfill the residency requirements, to conform to the general regulations and requirements of the University, to satisfy the regulations and academic standards of the colleges which exercise jurisdiction over the degrees for which they are matriculating, to satisfy the curriculum requirements established by the departments or programs in their major, and to complete the University's Core Curriculum requirements, which are listed within the program's curriculum outline. For additional information regarding the University's general policies and procedures, transfer credit information and residency requirements; please refer to our Academic Policies & Procedures.
Tuition & Fees
Tuition at UMass Lowell is typically half the cost of private colleges, and our online tuition is among the lowest in the nation. Tuition for online programs offered through the Division of Graduate, Online & Professional Studies is the same whether you live in-state, out-of-state or outside of the U.S.
Spring 2024 Tuition
|Cost Per Credit||Cost Per 3-Credit Course*|
|On Campus Lowell||$340||$1,020|
|Term Registration Fee||$30|
|Undergraduate Degree Application||$60|
Please note: Tuition and fees are subject to change.
Frequently Asked Questions
- The course requirements are the main difference between a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Economics. A B.A. in Economics has a broader curriculum, focusing on social sciences and humanities and offering many free electives. The free electives make the B.A. in Economics an ideal choice for transfer students or those who want to include a minor. A B.S. in Economics has a heavily structured curriculum, emphasizing mathematics and statistics and offering fewer elective courses.
- There are many lucrative and rewarding career paths open to economics majors. Economics is a versatile and in-demand field, offering career opportunities in finance, consulting, market research, data analysis, business intelligence, government and public policy and more. Economics graduates are also well positioned to advance to graduate studies to pursue a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA), a Master of Science in Finance, or a Master of Public Administration (MPA).
A Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) is an excellent choice for economics majors who want to combine their knowledge of economics with business skills. An MBA will expand your career options in finance, consulting and management. You'll learn about topics like financial analysis, strategic planning and marketing.While an economics degree and an MBA focus on business and finance, these degrees have some key differences. A Bachelor of Arts in Economics typically focuses on the theoretical and analytical aspects of economics, including micro and macroeconomic theory. An MBA is more practical and focuses on developing management, leadership, and decision-making skills.
An online economics degree can lead to many rewarding and in-demand career opportunities that often require a balance of analytical (left brain) and creative (right brain) thinking.If you're interested in pursuing a Bachelor's in Economics but are concerned with your return on investment, the earning potential for economics graduates is promising. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, "The median annual wage for economists was $105,630 in May 2021." However, those working in the finance and insurance industry had a median annual wage of $130,230, while those working in the federal government had a median yearly salary of $116,020. Consulting firms also offer high earning potential, with some entry-level positions offering salaries of $80,000 or more.
Applying into an Undergraduate Degree Program
Complete the Online Undergraduate Degree Application Form (preferred), or print, complete and submit the Undergraduate Degree Application .pdf form. Please note: Your application will be processed once we have received your $60 application fee. Return your completed application along with your application fee to:
University of Massachusetts Lowell
Division of Graduate, Online & Professional Studies
839 Merrimack Street
Lowell, MA 01854
Questions? See our helpful Step-by-Step Guide to the Application Process.
To be considered for acceptance into a bachelor's degree program offered through the Division of Graduate, Online & Professional Studies, students must hold a high school diploma or have passed either the GED® or HiSET®. Graduate, Online & Professional Studies operates on a rolling admissions basis and each application is reviewed when the student's file is complete. Students must be admitted to a degree or certificate program in order to be eligible for most financial aid.