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Accelerated Master’s Program Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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What is AMPED and am I eligible?

 What is AMPED?

AMPED gives UO Economics majors access to accelerated, Master’s-level coursework while meeting requirements for the Bachelor’s degree. AMPED students who then enroll in UO’s Master’s program in Economics, take a reduced course load towards the Master’s degree. Effectively, AMPED students spread out the program of study for the Master’s degree, taking some courses as undergraduates and then need to take a reduced course load towards the Master’s degree.

 Why should I enroll in the AMPED?

 You should consider enrolling in AMPED if you are an undergraduate UO student who is thinking about enrolling in the UO Master’s program in Economics. There are several advantages to this program:

  • Effectively, AMPED students spread out the program of study for the Master’s degree, taking some courses as undergraduates. This reduces the intensity of the Master’s program and increases the feasibility of finishing it in one year.
  • AMPED students gain access to graduate-level coursework that is typically more challenging than the standard 400-level equivalent.
  • AMPED students who take graduate level coursework gain some insights on the difficulty of graduate courses. 

 Do I have to be a UO Economics major to participate?

Yes.

 I'm an Economics minor who has taken the required prerequisites. Am I eligible to apply?

No, you must be an Economics major. (If you want to become an Economics major, complete the major change form.)

Is it possible to earn my bachelors and Master's degrees in just 4 years?

Yes, see the 3+1 program page for more information.

 What are the minimum requirements to apply to the AMPED?

To be considered for the AMPED, applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Overall cumulative GPA of 3.2 or above.
  • Completion of EC 311, EC 313, EC 320 and EC 421, each with grades of “B” or better.

Students who have not yet completed EC 421 are eligible to apply for the AMPED, but their admission will be conditional on completing EC 421 with a grade of B or better.

These are minimum requirements to apply but do not guarantee admission.

In evaluating applicants for the AMPED, the Master’s Admissions Committee will place significant weight on a student’s performance in math courses required for the undergraduate Economics degree, namely MAT 241 (or 251), MAT 242 (or 252) and MAT 243. Although not required, the admissions committee will view favorably those who have taken MAT 251 and MAT 252.

 Will I have to pay extra tuition to enroll in the graduate level AMPED courses?

No. the tuition is calculated the same way for your undergraduate courses.

 Will my AMPED courses be transferable to the Master’s program at another institution, or another program at the University of Oregon?

No. The AMPED courses will appear in your undergraduate transcript and are considered to be part of your undergraduate education.

 How is AMPED different from reservation of credit?

Students who take graduate courses through reservation of credit, may count these courses towards either undergraduate requirements or a graduate degree. AMPED participants can use their AMPED coursework towards both undergraduate and graduate degrees without going through the reservation of credit process.

Applying for the AMPED (UO undergraduates)

 How do I apply?

Complete the online application. On the application, you must list one UO Economics faculty member who has agreed to serve as a reference.

Note that this is not the application to the Master’s program in Economics. A separate application at is needed to apply to the Master’s program.

 When can I apply?

Students must be classified as Juniors or Seniors in order to apply to the AMPED. Applications are taken on a rolling basis for fall, winter, and spring terms. Applications are due by Week 5 of a quarter in order to join the AMPED in the following quarter. Students may apply to the AMPED in any quarter up to the quarter immediately prior to their final term of undergraduate studies.

To start taking AMP classes in Apply by
Winter 2022 October 29, 2021
Spring 2022 February 4, 2022
Fall 2022 August 19, 2022

When you’re in AMPED

 When can I begin taking courses as part of the AMPED?

Students must be classified as Seniors before taking graduate-level coursework in the AMPED.

 What classes can I take as part of the AMPED?

Once admitted to the AMPED, students may take up to 12 credits (3 classes) from any offered 500 level courses with the exception of EC 503, 511, 512, 513, 521, 523, 524, and 525.

 Once I enroll into the Master’s program, will my AMPED courses count towards my Master’s GPA?

No. Your AMPED courses will be included in the undergraduate transcript and will be counted as part of your undergraduate GPA. They will not be counted in your graduate transcript. Your transcript will only show that you transferred graduate credits from your undergraduate degree.

 What are the minimum requirements to maintain satisfactory academic progress as an AMPED student?

To remain in good standing in the AMPED students must maintain:

  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above in AMPED 500-level coursework.
  • An overall cumulative GPA of 3.2 or above.

Further, in order for a 500-level course taken in the AMPED to count for Master’s Degree Program elective requirements, a student must earn at least a “B” in this course.

Applying to the Master’s Program (AMPED program participant)

 How long do I have to join the Master’s Program in Economics at the UO after graduating with my Bachelor’s degree as an AMPED student?

Students who wish to use coursework completed in the AMPED toward their Master’s Degree in Economics at the UO need to begin the Master’s program no later than the academic year following their undergraduate graduation.

 Will I automatically be admitted to the Master’s degree program in Economics if I am admitted to the AMPED?

Admission to the Master’s degree program in Economics at the University of Oregon proceeds through a separate application process. While participation in the AMPED does not guarantee admission to the Master’s program in Economics, students who are making satisfactory progress in the AMPED have a high likelihood of being admitted to the Master’s program.