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Bachelor of arts 

You’re an analytic, big-picture thinker — someone who prefers quantitative reasoning and evidence over speculation and anecdote. That’s why the undergraduate program in economics from the University of Missouri (Mizzou) appeals to you. In this 100% online bachelor of arts program, you have the unique opportunity to study economics online while working or pursuing a second major. 

As an undergraduate, you will join a diverse online learning community, devoted to studying how systemic factors influence everything from business success to personal and national prosperity. 

Take fundamental courses in calculus and statistics that hone your critical thinking skills. Combine a bachelor’s in economics with political science, business or many other fields to increase your earning potential. Mizzou’s Department of Economics offers this bachelor of arts in economics and a 100% online bachelor of science in economics for students who want to pursue a degree with an even more quantitative foundation. 

Upon completion, many students go on to earn graduate degrees in law or business. Regardless of your ambitions, a bachelor’s in economics will give you a competitive edge.

Quick facts

Official name

Bachelor of arts in economics


University of Missouri-Columbia

Program type

Bachelor's degree

Academic home

College of Arts & Science | Department of Economics

Delivery mode

100% online


Higher Learning Commission

Freshman credit hours


Freshman estimated cost


Transfer credit hours


Transfer estimated cost


*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, your course choices and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.

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Career prospects

While some students choose to pursue graduate degrees in business or law from top institutions upon graduation, others may wish to start work immediately. Job titles include:

  • Economist
  • Operations manager
  • Market research analyst
  • Corporate lawyer
  • Financial manager
  • Actuary Salary numbers and data are based on Bureau of Labor Statistics data and other proprietary and public sources of information for multiple occupations.
Median starting salary Salary numbers and data are based on Bureau of Labor Statistics data and other proprietary and public sources of information for multiple occupations.
Median mid-career salary

Additional career data

Over half of the students enrolled in Mizzou’s economics program are double majors. Salaries for those with a major in business, finance or accounting are typically lower than those for economics majors. For combined degrees, the salary numbers increase.

Median starting and mid-career salaries for selected degrees and degree combinations:

Single degree Median starting salary Median mid-career salary
Business (General) $47,300 $83,300
Accounting $51,000 $88,000
Finance $55,600 $98,600
Combined degrees Median starting salary Median mid-career salary
Business & economics $55,500 $110,600
Accounting & economics $59,500 $116,800
Finance & economics $59,100 107,500

For more information about graduate education and careers for economics majors, visit the American Economic Association (AEA) website.

Program structure

Courses are semester-based, 100% online. No campus visits are required.

Course work includes

  • Principles of microeconomics
  • Principles of macroeconomics
  • Calculus 
  • Statistics or econometrics 
  • Intermediate microeconomics 
  • Intermediate macroeconomics


100% online

Calendar system


Typical program length

2-4 years full time

Typical course load

2 courses (part-time) 4 courses (full time)


The University of Missouri is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States.

Faculty spotlight

Eric Parsons, PhD

Eric Parsons teaches microeconomics to over 1,500 University of Missouri-Columbia (Mizzou) students each year. Dr. Parsons has won numerous teaching awards, including the 2022 William T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence, the Walter L. Johnson Excellence in Teaching Fellowship and Nouss Outstanding Faculty Fellows Award twice from the Department of Economics, and the Purple Chalk Teaching Award from the College of Arts and Science. In 2012, he was named an Emerging Education Policy Scholar by the Thomas B. Fordham and American Enterprise Institutes and, in 2014, he received the Mizzou Advantage Non-Tenure Track Research Faculty Award. Dr. Parsons’ research focuses on a variety of public policy topics, including school and teacher quality, value-added modeling and the measurement of student poverty.

Eric Parsons, PhD
Associate Teaching Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Economics
Bob Hazel, PhD

Bob Hazel currently teaches two popular online courses: Law and Economics and Financial Economics. Dr. Hazel has also taught Honors Principles of Microeconomics, Managerial Economics and Economics in the Digital Era. Before earning a doctorate in economics in 2019, he worked as an attorney, an airline executive and a partner in a large international management consulting firm. His teaching goal is to help students acquire tools they can use in the real world. He has published articles on the economics of airlines, airports, drones and online cheating, which was inspired by a lively discussion in his Law and Economics course.

Bob Hazel, PhD
Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics, Department of Economics
George Chikhladze, PhD

George Chikhladze holds a doctorate in economics, with specialization in industrial organization, from the University of Missouri. He teaches both undergraduate and graduate-level courses in macroeconomics, money and banking, and game theory. He has experience working in the energy industry as a regulatory economist. Areas of interest include industrial organization, competition analysis, regulation and antitrust, pricing and asset valuation. Recognitions include the Nouss Award for Teaching Excellence, the Walter Johnson Award for Teaching Excellence and the Purple Chalk Award. Dr. Chikhladze is from the country of Georgia.

George Chikhladze, PhD
Associate Teaching Professor, Department of Economics
Vitor Trindade, PhD

Vitor Trindade earned a Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego, and was an assistant professor of economics at Syracuse University from 2000-2005. While at Syracuse, Dr. Trindade received the Outstanding Teaching Award twice from the international relations master’s program.

He first joined the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2005 as an associate professor of economics. Dr. Trindade was the 2010 recipient of the prestigious Maxine Christopher Shutz Award. He retired in 2018 but was rehired in 2019 as a visiting associate professor of economics.

His research interests include international trade and economic development. His teaching interests are international trade and international economics, econometrics, microeconomics and the master’s research workshop.

Vitor Trindade, PhD
Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Economics
Tabitha Chikhladze, PhD

Tabitha Chikhladze joined the teaching faculty at the University of Missouri in 2023. Dr. Chikhladze teaches undergraduate courses in Principles of MicroeconomicsHonors Principles of MicroeconomicsManagerial Economics, and Public Economics. Chikhladze's research focuses on racial disparities in traffic stops and the factors of corruption. She also assists in producing the annual Vehicle Stops Report for the Missouri Attorney General. When she's not teaching, she volunteers her time by serving on the Columbia Police Chief’s Vehicle Stops Committee as a data analyst.

Tabitha Chikhladze, PhD
Assistant Teaching Professor, Department of Economics

Learn more about this program

This program is administered by the Department of Economics