Economics

As part of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, our online economics courses provide high quality core theory and mathematical/statistical methods courses, plus a range of focus area and elective coursework to be taken in concert with your traditional campus based courses. The flexibility that the online courses allow will enable you to complete the economics degree efficiently and on your schedule.

At the University of Utah our courses combine traditional online learning – where you study individually at home at your own pace – with interactive learning. Interactive learning increases your engagement with classmates and instructor, as well as with the materials covered. In this manner it improves learning outcomes. Our courses combine the flexibility of online teaching with the advantages and direct engagement of traditional teaching.

Interactive learning comes in a variety of ways:

  • Through group assignments, where you collaborate via email or a discussion forum to answer a problem set.
  • Through contributions to a discussion forum, where you directly respond to previous posts.
  • Through “peer reviews,” where you review and comment upon assignments from other students.

Our classes also offer multiple routes to stay connected and get help:

  • Converse directly with the instructor via email.
  • Participate in and guide online discussions.
  • Attend online office hours in discussion threads or on the phone
  • Instructors are available in “real” office hours for students on or near campus; and (for some courses) we offer (voluntary) Q&A sessions in a classroom.

Students are able to tailor their degree to meet their interests through their choice of focus areas, electives and allied credit and are required to take the courses listed below.  Required minimum credit hours: 48 (36 in economics plus 12 allied. At least 18 hours of economics courses must be completed at the University of Utah

The following core courses are required of all Economics majors.

  • Principles of Microeconomics and Principles of Macroeconomics (ECON 2010 and 2020)
  • Mathematics for Economists (ECON 3620)
  • Probability and Statistical Inference for Economists (ECON 3640)
  • Intermediate Microeconomics and Intermediate Macroeconomics (ECON 4010 and 4020)

Students must also take courses in 2 of 3 “focus areas” (econometrics, economic history, and history of economic thought), along with 4 open, upper division electives in economics.

Finally, students must take 12 hours of “allied credit” in upper division courses outside of economics.

For more information on all the courses required to obtain a economics degree you can download a copy of the Economics Degree Checklist.  

To view all ECON courses available online in the Summer 2017 term view the Class Schedule.

To view all ECON courses available online in the Fall 2017 term view the Class Schedule.

Transfer credit accepted by the university will be evaluated by the department with regard to credit toward the major. The core work in economics is fairly similar across universities, so principles, intermediate theory, math and stat courses often transfer for credit in the major. Economics electives may transfer for credit even if the University of Utah does not offer the specific elective course in question, as long as the course is clearly designed for Economics majors. To transfer for allied credit, courses must be taken at the upper division level in a suitable department.

Bachelor of Science. Students are eligible for the Bachelor of Arts degree if they do the requisite language work required by the University.

All of the courses at the University, whether online or on campus, are taught by the same high-quality faculty members. There’s no distinction on your diploma that you completed courses online.

Economics students have a wide range of career options.  Many of our students go on to take jobs in fields like banking and finance while others seek employment in the public and non-profit sectors.  Economics also offers excellent preparation for professional studies in law and business.

For more information on the career and earnings potential of an economics degree you can visit the website for the American Economics Association.

University Application Deadlines


Spring - November 1


Summer - March 15


Fall - April 1

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Online Courses

Several degree programs offer the opportunity to take a portion of your major courses online; this gives you the opportunity to leverage your courses to fit your timeline and your schedule.

*At this time students are not able to fulfill all University of Utah general education requirements online, but can combine traditional courses with online courses in our hybrid program.

Tuition

Tuition for online courses is based on residency. Online and on-campus courses have identical tuition. Online students pay an additional $60 fee per course to cover the costs of operating online courses. Please visit University of Utah’s tuition rate schedule for more information about tuition and to calculate tuition rates by program.

As an estimate, a resident undergraduate student with no declared major, taking 12 credit hours of online courses, can expect to pay $3841.33* per semester.

*Tuition calculations are based on the Fall 2016 term, are an estimate only, subject to change without notice, and vary per program. Many programs also offer financial aid, scholarship opportunities, or tuition assistance opportunities for which qualifying students may apply.

Credits Required

48 total credit hours are required for a BS in Economics. 36 in "Economics" courses, plus 12 hours of "allied" credit in designated departments outside of economics. (This does not include gen ed/bachelor degree requirements, or the university's 120 hour rule.)

Time to Completion

Students can expect to complete the major specific Economics and allied work in three to four semesters, at 12 - 15 credits per semester.

Last Updated: 2/15/17