2024-2025 Catalog 
    Jul 15, 2024  
2024-2025 Catalog

Accelerated, Joint, and Dual Degree Programs

To support students interested in earning degrees from both CMC and another academic institution at the same time, or in earning advanced degrees at an accelerated rate, CMC has established relationships with a number of respected academic institutions.

3+2 Combined Program with Engineering Partner Schools

CMC will continue to prepare students to complete 3+2 programs in which a student spends 3 years at CMC and 2 years at a partnering engineering program, resulting in a BA from CMC and a BS in engineering from the partner institution. We are currently planning to offer two pathways: “3+2 Combined Program: Economics” and “3+2 Combined Program: Integrated Sciences”.

Robert Day School BA/MA Combined Degree Program

The Robert Day School offers a combined BA/MA program which allows students to complete both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in Finance within four years. The BA/MA program requires 36 units of coursework, at least 20 of which must be completed in residence at CMC during at least 5 regular semesters. Students may alternately elect to complete the program in four and a half or five years (9 or 10 semesters). Students who anticipate taking more than four years to complete the combined degree program should plan their college expenses accordingly. BA/MA Students complete 9 MA-level courses and meet all other M.A. requirements. Up to four M.A. courses may apply as Level II electives toward the CMC undergraduate major in economics. Students who complete the BA/MA program may not have the financial economics sequence recorded on their transcripts, since the M.A. portion of the combined degree subsumes that credential.

Who is eligible for the combined BA/MA Program?

Students admitted to CMC as first year, first-time degree seeking students may apply to the BA/MA program in their third semester in college. Students who transfer to CMC may apply to the BA/MA program after completing at least one full-time semester in residence at CMC. Transfer students must satisfy the same course requirements for the BA/MA program as those students who arrived at CMC as first year students.

It is possible for students pursuing a variety of undergraduate majors to also pursue the BA/MA in finance option. In addition to the undergraduate major in Economics  or Economics-Accounting , students may also be able to complete a dual major in another discipline. Students in other combined degree programs (such as Economics and Engineering ) are not eligible for the combined BA/MA program. Such students who wish to pursue the graduate curriculum at CMC could be admitted to M.A. program at the conclusion of their undergraduate program.

How long does the program take?

Depending on a student’s situation, he/she might earn both the B.A. and M.A. degrees within four years or might spread their work over up to five years. Significant advanced planning is needed to complete the program in four years, because it normally requires that students amass four extra undergraduate units before the start of the senior year. There are also financial aid implications for students who take more than four years to complete the program.

How many courses must a student complete in total?

BA/MA students must complete 36 units in order to satisfy their combined degree requirements. At least 20 of those course units must be satisfied in residence at CMC with regular full-credit academic courses, 4 more in-residence courses than is required for the 32-unit B.A. degree. Students must complete, present, and defend a major research project in the area of financial economics. The project may be the student’s senior thesis, which is also a general education requirement. Students who use the senior thesis for this requirement must register for the one-half credit research seminar course (ECON180 CM - Seminar in Research Methods ). Students must present and defend their research at the end of the semester in which they complete their research work.

Prerequisites for the program include:

Students are required to complete:

Interested students should meet with the Director of Graduate Programs, Professor Eric Hughson and/or the Director of the Robert Day Scholars program to determine whether they would be competitive candidates. Students in the BA/MA program are not permitted to count an undergraduate course (any non-FIN course) toward the M.A. except in special circumstances that require approval of the Chair of the Economics department. Exceptions to this rule are that students can elect to take ECON154 CM - Financial Statement Analysis  instead of FIN440 CM - Advanced Accounting Analysis ECON181 CM - Fintech Practicum  and MATH109 CM - Introduction to Mathematics of Finance  can be taken for M.A.-level credit, and students can replace up to two of their M.A. electives with ECON126 CM - Applied Microeconometrics ECON155 CM - Valuation and Reporting of Financial Liabilities and Equity (Intermediate Accounting II) , or MATH160 CM - Monte Carlo Methods .

Students who want to complete both degrees within four years can accumulate 36 units in any combination of the following ways:

  • Applying up to 2.0 units for participating in programming for summer internships, along with FIN 300 CM FIN 301A CM , and FIN 301B CM .
  • Applying up to 4 units of undergraduate credit from eligible work by examination (AP, IB, etc.) or transfer credit.
  • Overloading   with undergraduate courses during regular semesters at the College. Students in good standing in the BA/MA program can overload up to two times if doing so is necessary to reach 36 units (otherwise, overloading requires meeting CMC’s regular conditions for permitting overloads.)

When can students begin taking M.A. courses?

Students admitted to the BA/MA program may begin taking M.A. courses as soon as they have satisfied the appropriate prerequisites. ECON134 CM - Corporate Finance  is a prerequisite for every FIN course except FIN360 CM - Corporate Governance and Ethics  (which has no prerequisites other than ECON 050 CM ) and FIN440 CM - Advanced Accounting Analysis  (or ECON154 CM - Financial Statement Analysis ). The prerequisite for FIN 440 CM  is ECON086 CM - Accounting for Decision Making . The prerequisite for ECON 154 CM  is ECON150 CM - Asset and Income Measurement (Intermediate Accounting I) , but this prerequisite is waived if the student earned at a grade of at least B+ in ECON 086 CM .

The Robert Day School recommends that students plan their courses and their senior thesis to avoid taking many M.A. courses and overloading with a full-unit of senior thesis during one semester of their fourth year, if at all possible.

Are there any other requirements for graduation?

All BA/MA students must complete an internship in finance during the summer between their 3rd and 4th years which has been approved by the Robert Day School. The summer internship may include an academic component. The internship credit may count toward one of the 36 course units required in the combined degree program, but it may not count toward the 20 course unit residency requirement.

What if a student already completed a summer internship for credit previously?

Students must complete an approved internship during the summer between their 3rd and 4th years but it need not be taken for full credit.  For students seeking academic credit for an internship, the maximum number of credits is 1.0 during a student’s time at CMC.

Are there any other GPA requirements for graduation?

The grade point requirements are those that apply for each degree separately. In particular, in the courses that count toward the MA (i.e. the Master’s courses or their approved replacements), including the senior thesis, students must obtain a GPA of at least 3.00 (B average) and no failing (F) grades. Failing any of these courses, or failing to make adequate progress towards completing the prerequisites listed below in a timely manner will be sufficient grounds for removal from the BA/MA program. In the 32 units that count toward the B.A., students must satisfy the standard CMC requirements. Students cannot be awarded the M.A. unless they also meet all of the requirements of the B.A.

In addition, admission and remaining in good standing in the BA/MA program normally requires that the student has achieved at least a B average (3.00) in the prerequisite courses taken so far and in each of the B.A. courses that count toward replacing an M.A. course. (This includes ECON 050 CM ECON 086 CM ECON 101 CM ECON 102 CM ECON 120 CM , and ECON 134 CM .) Achieving less than a B average will be sufficient grounds for removal from the BA/MA program. Failing to make adequate progress towards completing the prerequisites in a timely manner will also be sufficient grounds for removal from the BA/MA program.

How and when do I apply to the program?

Applications to become a BA/MA Scholar are typically submitted early in the fall semester of sophomore year, with selection completed following the posting of fall grades. A GMAT or GRE score is not necessary. Further details can be found on the Robert Day School and Robert Day Scholars websites or by contacting the Director of the Robert Day Scholars Program.

If I am accepted to the program, how do I register every semester?

You will register for both undergraduate and graduate courses through the CMC student portal system.

What grades will show on my transcript?

Your transcript would reflect both a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree. You would receive letter grades for every course that you use towards your undergraduate degree, including those that also count towards the graduate degree. The sole exceptions are FIN 300 CM FIN 301A CM FIN 301B CM , and any internship course, which are graded on a credit/no-credit basis. 

Claremont Scholars Program at Claremont Graduate University (CGU)

Accelerated bachelor’s/master’s programs are designed to allow undergraduate students to begin work toward master’s requirements simultaneously with the completion of their undergraduate degrees. Units of transferable credit can be earned upon admission to a CGU master’s degree program. Students should apply to the accelerated program at CGU as early as possible, usually in their junior year. This allows coordination in course planning between the student, the CGU school or department, and the undergraduate advisor.  More information can be found by visiting the Claremont Scholars Program webpage

Early Graduate School Entrance

Students with unusually strong records may be accepted by graduate schools at the end of their junior year (with completion of at least 24 courses). Once they complete at least two years of graduate work and earn advanced degrees, they may petition for a Bachelor of Arts degree from CMC. Students must complete all of CMC’s general education and major requirements except for senior thesis before leaving the College. For information, contact the Registrar.