Current Majors

Preparing for a PhD in Economics

The minimum requirements of the Economics undergraduate major are not designed to be training for doctoral economics programs. Students who plan to continue their education should take more quantitative courses than the minimum required for the major. Preparation should start early in your undergraduate education.

Students who plan on going on to graduate school should participate in research as an undergraduate, and plan on writing an honors thesis during their senior year.

See an advisor early for assistance in planning your undergraduate program if you hope to go to graduate or professional school. You should also check the L&S website http://stepbystep.berkeley.edu/ and http://ls-yourway.berkeley.edu/graduate for helpful information on preparation for grad school.

Course recommendations

Upper-division math and statistics courses for those who are adequately prepared (in order of importance) Graduate math and statistics courses for those who are adequately prepared (in order of importance)

Please note: This is just a recommendation; not all courses are required. Admissions requirements vary by university and by program. Students interested in pursuing graduate school should begin gathering information from prospective programs as early as possible.