Credit Transfer Articulation Arrangement with Virginian Commonwealth University (VCU), USA
MA Applied Economics (CHRIST) + MA Economics (VCU)
The MA (Applied Economics) is the flagship programme of the Department of Economics with intensive specialisations in the areas of finance and development. Industrial exposure through internships and visits, mastery in scientific analysis through advanced quantitative methods, statistics, econometrics and latest soft skills make students competent to take up the most challenging careers in business, industry, public sector and advanced academic research. The programme spanning four semesters intends to impart the necessary skills and capabilities to meet the challenges of the ever-changing vibrant economic environment.
Credit Transfer Articulation
Students in MA (Applied Economics) program can earn two Degrees in two years from two universities. Students spend the first year (two semesters) at the CHRIST (Deemed to be University), Bangalore campus and study MA (Applied Economics) as per CHRIST (deemed to be University) Curriculum. Upon successful completion of the first year, students can opt to study two semesters in VCU, USA as per the VCU curriculum. Upon successful completion of the second year (1+1) program at VCU, the students will be awarded a degree by VCU and on submission of VCU Credits to CHRIST, a degree from CHRIST.
MA in Economics at VCU is a quantitative-intensive program and is a ‘STEM’ degree. Students graduating from STEM program have attractive job opportunities. International students in STEM programs can undertake a paid internship for up to three years without an H1-B visa through the facility of Optional Practical Training*.
* Optional Practical Training (OPT)
OPT is a paid internship facility provided for international students to undertake paid internship under student visa (work visa not required). The main purpose of OPT is to help students acquire practical experience in the field of their study. Normal duration of OPT is 12 months. However, students in STEM specializations can extend OPT by another two years (24 months).