Double Dawgs

Become a Double Dawg with a dual degree program and earn your Bachelor's and Master's degrees in five years or less.

Consumer Economics

This emphasis will prepare you to work in a consumer policy-related career. You have the flexibility to select courses in policy, economics, advocacy, and the legislative process. You will develop your expertise in:

  • Consumer decision making
  • Consumer policy analysis
  • Methods used by research analysts

Upon completion you will have a refined understanding of the challenges and opportunities that face consumers in increasingly complex economic and political environments.

Community Development

This emphasis provides interdisciplinary coursework that links conceptual knowledge with practical experience, As a graduate of this emphasis, you will be qualified to work in careers that influence the social, economic, cultural, and political forces affecting the well-being of people living in community settings. You can focus on:

  • Housing
  • Community health
  • Sustainability
  • Inequality, social change and justice

Financial Planning

The hands-on nature of our Master’s program is perfect for students who are considering earning the CFP® designation. The Master’s in Financial Planning is a CFP® Board Certified program. Upon completing the education requirements, students are eligible to sit for the CFP® Exam. Additionally, students can apply internship hours toward the experience requirements for the designation.

Applied Consumer Analytics

The Applied Consumer Analytics emphasis provides students with the analytical skills needed to transform data into practical information for use in organizational and policy decisions. Consumer and policy analysts are in demand by private, public, and non-profit organizations. Students gather data about consumers, policies, and market conditions using the empirical research process and analyze the data through mathematical models such as linear and non-linear multivariate models, time series and panels data analyses, econometric forecasting methods, and policy analysis techniques.

Pathway and Criteria

  • Approval to Take Graduate Courses
    • Undergraduate students who will reach at least 60 hours by the end of the semester in which they wish to take their first graduate course in financial planning, housing, and consumer economics.
    • Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA to take graduate courses.
    • Students must have approval from their undergraduate major in order for courses to count toward their undergraduate degree. If a Double Dawgs agreement exists, courses have been pre-approved.
    • You can take up to 12 hours of graduate coursework prior to applying to the Graduate School. These hours can count toward the student’s undergraduate degree.
    • Upon acceptance into the Graduate School, the 12 hours will also count toward a Master’s in Financial Planning, Housing and Consumer
    • Students can apply to the Graduate School before or after taking their first graduate course in Financial Planning, Housing, and Consumer Economics depending on their undergraduate progress.
    • Interested students should contact SSAC ( to evaluate your personal plan.
  • Applying to Graduate School*
    • Must complete 60 undergraduate hours to apply
    • Deadlines (Domestic)
      • Fall– July 1
      • Spring– November 15
    • Deadlines (International)
      • Fall – April 15
      • Spring – October 15
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