Economics Undergraduate Admissions Policies

Information regarding the policies that guide the Economics admissions process.

Prerequisite Courses

  • All prerequisite courses must be taken for a letter grade. 
  • If a P is earned in any prerequisite class, this will result in a denial of admission to the major; regardless of whether or not the class was taken again for a letter grade.
  • Exam credit may be used to fulfill prerequisite courses. If the equivalent course is taken at Berkeley, the letter grade earned will be included in the GPA calculation for admission to the Economics major.
  • Attempting a prerequisite for a second time:
    • ONE prerequisite may be attempted for a second time if a deficient grade was earned (D+ or lower).
      • For a second attempt to also count as a letter graded repeat, the exact same course must be taken. See University Repeat Policy for further details.
    • Attempting more than one prerequisite for a second time will result in a denial of admission to the major. 
    • Students may NOT attempt a prerequisite for a second time in which a grade of C- or higher was earned.
    • Students may NOT attempt a prerequisite for a second time in which a grade of P was earned.
    • Please consult with an Economics Undergraduate Advisor if you are considering attempting a prerequisite for a second time.
  • Policies related to the statistics prerequisites:
    • The University will not grant credit for STAT 20/21/W21 to students who have already completed STAT 2. The Economics Department will allow students to take STAT 20/21/W21 after completing STAT 2 for the purposes of fulfilling the prerequisite requirement for admission to the major. However, in these instances, students will not earn academic credit for STAT 20/21/W21, but the letter grade will be used in the GPA calculation for admission to the major.
    • Students may choose to take an approved upper division STAT course to fulfill the statistics prerequisite to substitute for their performance in a lower division STAT course. The Economics department will take the better of the two grades and this will not count as a second attempt of a prerequisite.
    • Statistics prerequisite changes approved May 1, 2019. See Economics Major Admissions: Statistics Prerequisite FAQ.
  • Students who do not successfully complete the prerequisite courses will not be eligible for admission and will be given the opportunity to appeal. Instructions for the appeal process will be sent via email in the event of a denial. Appeals must be received by the requested deadline, address extenuating circumstances, and explain steps towards further success in the major. Appeals are reviewed by a faculty committee and decisions are final. 
  • Please consult with an Economics Undergraduate Advisor if you are concerned about completing the prerequisite courses for admission to the major.

What are the prerequisite courses for admission to the Economics major? Click here.

 

GPA Requirement

  • While only one upper division intermediate theory or econometrics course is required for admission, the department will include grades from all upper division core courses in-progress at the time of application.
    • ECON 140 (or ECON 141) will be included in the GPA calculation for admission beginning Fall 2019.
  • Exam credit may be used to fulfill prerequisite courses, however if the equivalent course is taken at Berkeley, the letter grade earned will be included in the GPA calculation for admission to the Economics major.
  • Students who do not meet the GPA requirement will not be eligible for admission and will be given the opportunity to appeal. Instructions for the appeal process will be sent via email in the event of a denial. Appeals must be received by the requested deadline, address extenuating circumstances, and explain steps towards further success in the major. Appeals are reviewed by a faculty committee and decisions are final. 
  • Please consult with an Economics Undergraduate Advisor if you are concerned about meeting the GPA requirement for admission to the major.

What is the GPA requirement for admission to the Economics major? Click here.

 

Timeframes and Deadlines to Apply

  • We do not accept applications from the following students, no exceptions:
    • Students in their sixth semester or later who have surpassed 80 units, even if Economics is not their first major.
    • Transfer students in their second semester.
  • Students within their timeframe for admission may request a late application in the event of a missed deadline only if they are ineligible to apply in a future term. Students within their timeframe for admission will be asked to apply in a future term.
  • Students who do not meet the timeframe to apply to the major will not be eligible for admission and will be given the opportunity to appeal. Instructions for the appeal process will be sent via email in the event of a denial. Appeals must be received by the requested deadline, address extenuating circumstances, and explain steps towards further success in the major. Appeals are reviewed by a faculty committee and decisions are final. 
  • Please consult with an Economics Undergraduate Advisor if you are concerned about meeting the timeframe or deadline to apply for the major.

What are the timeframes and deadlines to apply for admission to the Economics major? Click here.

 

Admissions Notification and Declaration Process

  • If admitted, students are responsible for following instructions for declaring the Economics major as provided at the time of admission.
    • Students who wish to add Economics as a second/additional major must first be admitted into the major before completing the appropriate paperwork.
  • Students who do not meet the criteria for admission to the major will not be eligible for admission and will be given the opportunity to appeal. Instructions for the appeal process will be sent via email in the event of a denial. Appeals must be received by the requested deadline, address extenuating circumstances, and explain steps towards further success in the major. Appeals are reviewed by a faculty committee and decisions are final. 
  • Please consult with an Economics Undergraduate Advisor if you are concerned about meeting criteria for admission to the major.

When are students notified of their admission to the major and what is the declaration process? Click here.

 

Have more questions? Please see our FAQs.

Have even more questions? Feel free to reach out to us at ugrad@econ.berkeley.edu.