Applying to the Economics Major

Read this page in its entirety for details on the admissions process.

The application for Summer 2019 is now open. Click here to apply. The deadline is Friday, June 28, 2019 at 4pm. 

 If you have questions e-mail ugrad@econ.berkeley.edu.

Thank you for your interest in the Economics Major.  Economics is a high demand, admissions based major.  All applicants must review the information below prior to submitting the application.  We recommend that students apply during the semester that they are completing their final prerequisite courses. For most students, this is during their sophomore year. Transfer students, must apply during their first semester on the UC Berkeley campus.

GPA Requirement

Non-transfer students must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average in the prerequisite courses taken at Berkeley, and a gpa of 3.0 in any prerequisite courses taken at another institution.

Transfer students must have a minimum 2.7 grade point average in prerequisite courses taken at Berkeley, and a minimum 3.0 in the prerequisite transfer courses. 

PREREQUISTE GPA CALCULATION

Only economics prerequisite courses taken at UC Berkeley are calculated to determine admission to the economics major. AP/IB/A-level exam scores and equivalent transfer credit can be used to fulfill prerequisite requirements, but are NOT used in the GPA calculation for admission to the major.

Unit Cap/Semester Cap

Non-transfer students must apply to the major prior to reaching 80 units of post-high school coursework (includes courses in-progress at the time of application), or at the beginning of their fifth semester (not including summers) of post-high school coursework, whichever comes second. We do not accept applications from graduating seniors or students in their fourth (or later) year of studies, even if it is not the student's first major. There are no exceptions.

Transfer students must apply to the major at the beginning of their first semester on campus. Summer session prior to the academic year does not count as the first semester. Applications will not be accepted from second-semester transfer students. There are no exceptions.

Prerequisite Coursework

For detailed information about prerequisite courses, please view the appropriate page for students who enter Berkeley as a FRESHMAN or TRANSFER student. Students can apply to the major with their last prerequisite course(s) in-progress. Students with all prerequisite courses completed at the time of application are encouraged to select "Early Review" on the application form. 

Admission decisions are released via email 3-4 weeks after final grades are posted. "Early Review" applicants are notified of their admission decision in the middle of the term in which they applied.

GRADES

  • All prerequisites and courses for the major must be taken for a letter grade. If you change a prerequisite course to P/NP during the semester in which you apply, you will automatically be denied admission to the major.

EXAM AND TRANSFER CREDIT

  • You may use AP or IB or A-Level scores for the Calculus or Introductory Economics courses. We do not accept the AP statistics scores. Statistics 2 will not satisfy the prerequisite requirement.
  • If you have fulfilled a prerequisite with AP, IB or A-Level exam credit, and have also taken the equivalent course at Berkeley, we will only take the Berkeley course into consideration for admissions purposes. Please see FRESHMAN or TRANSFER pages for more specific information.
  • If you took the math or statistics course at another 4-year institution, or an out-of-state community college, you must provide the Equivalency form from either the Math or Statistics Department. Equivalency forms are emailed to ugrad@econ.berkeley.edu. 
  • If your coursework was taken at a California Community College, and is listed on assist.org as an equivalent course, you do not need to submit additional forms.

MACRO/MICRO ECONOMIC THEORY PREREQUISITE

  • Only ONE semester of macro or micro economic theory is required in order to apply to the major. If you have completed both parts of the A-B sequence, both grades will be counted. EEP 100 is not accepted. UGBA 101A will NOT be accepted after Spring 2009, and there are no exceptions to this.    

Repeating Courses and Unit Issues

The University will not grant credit for Stat 20, 21 (or W21) to students who have already completed Stat 2. The Economics Department will allow students to take Stat 20, 21 or W21 after completing Stat 2. Though they will not receive academic credit, the Stat 20 or 21/W21 grade will satisfy the prerequisite for the major. For all other situations, the department will only honor repeated courses if they fall within University guidelines.

The Economics Department will honor repeated courses if they fall within University guidelines. Courses that fall outside these guidelines will not be calculated for admission to the major. For in-depth information on repeating courses, please refer to the Registrar's Website.

The Department will accept only ONE repeat of ONE prerequisite course in which a deficient letter grade was earned (D+ or lower). Students who repeat more than one prerequisite course are subject to additional review by the undergraduate chair. If you have concerns about repeating multiple courses, please speak with an undergraduate advisor.

Alternate Majors

All students should plan for an alternate major. Transfer students and students with a prerequisite GPA of 3.1 or lower will be required to list an alternate major on the application. Please note that Environmental Economics and Policy (EEP) is a capped major and Political Economy has some restrictions on declaring the major. For more information about EEP see http://nature.berkeley.edu/site/majors/eep.php and for Political Economy see: http://iastp.berkeley.edu/pe

Economics advisors are available to discuss alternative majors.  We also strongly recommend meeting with an advisor in the College of Letters and Science if you are having trouble picking an alternate major.

Application Information

CLICK FOR SUMMER 2019 APPLICATION. Deadline to submit is Friday, June 28, 4pm.

By submitting the application form, you certify that the information provided is true and accurate to the best of your knowledge. Any student found to have provided false documentation may be referred to the Center for Student Conduct and Community Standards for further investigation, and will automatically be denied from the major.

If you have any questions about the application process, please email us at ugrad@econ.berkeley.edu

Admissions Notification

Admissions decisions will not be made until any prerequisite courses in progress are finished and grades are available (approximately 2 weeks after grades are posted for the semester). Admissions results will be sent via email once all applications are reviewed. Admission is based solely on the gpa, and other criteria as listed above. If you meet all the criteria for admission, you will be admitted! 

SUMMER APPLICATIONS: Students applying to the major during a summer term are notified at the end of the summer. "Early Review" is not available during the summer.