Program Spotlight: Economics Transfer Pathway A.A.

Earn your economics degree and transfer to a four-year university as a junior

The Economics Transfer Pathway Associate of Arts (A.A.) program at Inver Hills Community College offers you the opportunity to earn a two-year degree on your way to pursuing bachelor’s degree in economics at a four-year school.

Economics courses at Inver Hills give you a strong foundation in economics, covering areas such as the world economy and microeconomics. If you are considering economics or a related field as your major, you can transfer your Inver Hills coursework to a four-year college or university.

The Economics Transfer Pathway A.A. offers you a powerful option: the opportunity to complete an associate of arts degree with course credits that directly transfer to designated economics bachelor’s degree programs at Minnesota State universities (see below).

The curriculum has been specifically designed so that you can complete the pathway degree and then transfer to one of the seven Minnesota State universities with junior-year status. All courses in the Transfer Pathway A.A. will directly transfer and apply to the designated bachelor’s degree programs in a related field.

The Economics Pathway consists of two required economics courses, two required mathematics courses, the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) and the Health and Physical Fitness requirement for a total of 60 credits.

Transfer information

After earning your Economics Transfer Pathway A.A. at Inver Hills, you will be fully prepared to pursue a bachelor’s degree in economics at both state and private four-year colleges and universities.

If you plan on transferring to a non-Minnesota State university (including the University of Minnesota), you are strongly advised to plan carefully with an Inver Hills academic advisor or counselor and a representative from your intended transfer institution to tailor your degree to meet the requirements of your chosen four-year college or university.

To guarantee admission to a Minnesota State university’s designated bachelor’s degree program in your major, you must first meet the admitting institution’s minimum transfer GPA and then the admission to major GPA.

Minnesota State system universities:

Additional resources

Transfer Pathways

With your Economics Transfer Pathway A.A., you will be able to transfer to the designated major at the following Minnesota State universities:

Bemidji State University

Metropolitan State University

Minnesota State University Mankato

  • Economics B.S.

Minnesota State University Moorhead

St. Cloud State University

Winona State University

Economics faculty: Scott Sandok

Scott Sandok

Scott Sandok joined the faculty at Inver Hills in August 2007. He has more than 13 years of experience teaching microeconomics, macroeconomics, personal finance, and consumer economics in small classroom and online settings.

In his economics curriculum, Scott applies theoretical concepts to practical use by using experiments, games, and other nontraditional mechanisms for learning. He specializes in teaching adult learners and learners from multiple cultures.

Scott has a Master of Science (M.S.) in Economics from Iowa State University and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Economics, Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire.

Multiple career options

Because of their broad analytical skills, quantitative background, and clarity and precision of expression, economics majors are in high-demand in many career sectors.

Employers hire economics majors because they can think on their feet, adapt to new settings and situations, and rapidly learn specialized skills across a range of occupations.

Career categories

Banking and finance
  • Economics majors have the ideal skill set
  • Employers: Banks, brokerage firms, insurance companies and investment houses
  • Knowledge of the economy is indispensable
Management and marketing
  • Economics majors grasp the market system in a broader social context
  • Employers: Commercial businesses, law firms and nonprofit agencies
  • Managing scarce resources is indispensable
Government service
  • Economic majors choose public service next after business
  • Employers: federal, state, county and municipal agencies
  • Data analysis expertise is indispensable
Economic journalism
  • Economics majors are trained to write for the general reader
  • Employers: Newspapers, blogs, magazines, journals, trade publications, television networks
  • Understanding the bottom line is indispensable

Potential job titles

  • Auditor
  • Market analyst
  • Budget analyst
  • Marketing administrator
  • Credit analyst
  • Pricing analyst
  • Economic analyst
  • Product manager
  • Environmental planner
  • Purchasing analyst
  • Financial analyst
  • Real estate appraiser
  • Import/export agent
  • Reporter
  • Insurance agent
  • Research analyst
  • Loan officer
  • Sales analyst
  • Loan review analyst
  • Stock broker
  • Lobbyist
  • Statistician
  • Management consultant
  • Underwriter


Study monetary, fiscal, and other economic issues and problems.


This is a very high-wage career that pays well above the statewide median of $21.49/hour


Median: $47.64/hour
High: $58.88/hour

Seven-county Twin Cities metro

Median: $50.15/hour
High: $60.69/hour


This career is seeing high growth compared to other careers. Growth rate in the U.S. is 8.1 percent.

There will be a need for about 291 new Economists to meet market demand between 2016–2026. This includes the demand due to replacement (workers leaving the occupation or retiring) as well as growth.

— Minnesota State CAREERwise Education

Why Inver Hills?

Completing your Economics Transfer Pathway A.S. degree obligations at Inver Hills is smart on several key levels:

  1. You will receive an excellent education with one-on-one interactions with Economics faculty
  2. You will benefit from small class sizes while developing the practical, real-world skills of an economist
  3. You will save money and continue your academic and professional careers with less student debt

On a national scale, student loan debt has mushroomed to $1.56 trillion with 44.7 million borrowers. Minnesota is ranked ninth in the nation with an average student loan debt topping $32,000.

Tuition and fees for one year at Inver Hills costs less than $5,500. Compare that to $15,000 to $20,000 at a for-profit college, or $40,000 to $50,000 at a private college or university. You can complete your first two years at Inver getting a topflight education firsthand from faculty with industry-current experience in economics and then transfer to a four-year as a junior all while saving thousands of dollars.

Learn more about the Economics Transfer Pathway A.A. at Inver Hills by contacting:

Scott Sandok
Economics Faculty

Admissions Team
College Center

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