Applying to the Economics Major

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

As an impacted major in high demand, declaration of the Economics major is admission-based and students must meet specific criteria in order to be admitted.

Click HERE for the Fall 2019 Economics admissions application. See below for deadlines. 

There are four steps to the Economics admission process:

 Take the courses.    

 Meet the GPA.        

 Apply on time.        

 Get into the major. 

Review each step below to learn about the prerequisites, GPA requirement, timeframe/deadline to apply, and admission notifications.

NOTE: Requirements differ for students who enter as FRESHMEN and students who enter as TRANSFERS. Please also review those respective pages for further details.

All students pursuing the Economics major are encouraged to plan for an alternate major in case any of these steps do not work out. Information about majors can be found at http://guide.berkeley.edu/

Economics Undergraduate Advisors are available to discuss alternate major planning. We also recommend meeting with an advisor in the College of Letters and Science to discuss alternate major options.

Questions? Review our FAQ, Economics Undergraduate Admissions Policies, and/or email us at ugrad@econ.berkeley.edu.

 

TAKE THE COURSES: Prerequisites for the Economics major

There are five prerequisites for admission to the Economics major; all of which must be completed or in-progress at the time of application for admission.

  • ONE course required of Introduction to Economics (choose one):
    • ECON 1 or ECON 2
  • TWO courses required of Calculus*:
    • MATH 1A or MATH 16A and
    • MATH 1B or MATH 16B
  • ​​​ONE course required of Introduction to Statistics (choose one)*:
    • STAT 20, STAT 21, STAT W21, STAT 88, STAT 131A, STAT 135, or STAT 140**
  • ONE course required of Intermediate Economic Theory or Econometrics*** (choose one for admission, all three are required to graduate):
    • ECON 100A or ECON 101A
    • ECON 100B or ECON 101B^
    • ECON 140 or ECON 141***

​*At least one prerequisite in math or statistics must be completed at UC Berkeley.

**Effective Fall 2019, STAT 135 or STAT 140 may be used to fulfill the statistics prerequisite for the Economics major. Starting Spring 2020, STAT/COMPSCI/INFO C8, STAT 134, and IEOR 172 may no longer be used to meet the statistics prerequisite for the Economics major. Find more details below:

  • Grades earned in STAT/COMPSCI/INFO C8, STAT 134, and IEOR 172 in Fall 2019 and prior will be included in the GPA calculation for admission to the major.
  • Grades earned in STAT/COMPSCI/INFO C8, STAT 134, and IEOR 172 in Spring 2020 and later will NOT be included in the GPA calculation for admission to the major.
  • Changes approved May 1, 2019.
  • For more information, including common questions about C8 and STAT 88, please review the Economics Major Admissions: Statistics Prerequisite FAQ.

***Effective Fall 2019, students may choose ECON 140 or ECON 141 as a prerequisite for admission to the major. ECON 140/141 taken Fall 2019 and later will be included in the GPA calculation for admission to the major. (Approved May 1, 2019) 

^Students may take UGBA 101B to fulfill the Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory requirement.

For detailed information about prerequisite courses, please view the appropriate page for students who enter Berkeley as a FRESHMAN or TRANSFER.

Want to know how exam credit (AP/IB/A-Levels) fulfills these requirements? Review the Exam Credit chart

Have more questions? Check out the Economics Undergraduate Admissions Policies regarding the prerequisite course work. 

 

MEET THE GPA: GPA requirement for admission to the Economics major

Of the prerequisite courses taken at Berkeley, students must earn a specific GPA in order to be admitted into the Economics major. Exam credit and transfer coursework may be used to fulfill prerequisite course requirements, but are NOT used in the GPA calculation for admission to the major.

  • GPA requirement for students who entered Bekeley as a FRESHMANminimum 3.0 GPA in the prerequisite courses taken at Berkeley.
  • GPA requirement for students who entered Berkeley as a TRANSFERminimum 2.7 GPA in the prerequisite courses taken at Berkeley.

Have more questions? Check out the Economics Undergraduate Admissions Policies regarding the GPA requirement.

 

APPLY ON TIME: Time frames and deadlines to apply

To be considered for admission, all students must submit an application within a specific timeframe during their academic career at Berkeley and by specific deadlines. All students are encouraged to apply in the semester in which they are completing their last prerequisite(s).

  • Admission timeframe for students who entered Berkeley as a FRESHMAN: Must apply for admission by the end of their fifth semester (does not include summers or withdrawn semesters) or prior to the accumulation of 80 units (does not include units earned in high school, but does include units in-progress at the time of application); whichever comes second. For most students, this is the fifth semester.
  • Admission timeframe for students who entered Berkeley as a TRANSFER: Must apply for admission by the end of their first semester. Summer session prior to the academic year does not count as the first semester.

Deadlines to apply: All students must submit an application for admission according to the following deadlines:

  • Early Review Deadline: End of the fifth week of the semester
    • Students who have all prerequisites completed at the time of application are encouraged to select this option. If any prerequisites are in-progress at the time of application, students should adhere to the Regular Review deadline.
    • There is no Early Review option during the summer.
  • Regular Review Deadline: Last day of classes in the Fall and Spring semesters.
    • The summer deadline is the last weekday in June.

2019-2020 Economics Admission Application Deadlines*

Admission Cycle Application Opens

Early Review Deadline

Regular Review Deadline
Fall 2019 August 28, 2019 September 27, 2019 December 6, 2019
Spring 2020 January 21, 2020 February 21, 2020 May 1, 2020
Summer 2020 June 1, 2020 No Early Review in Summer June 30, 2020

*all deadlines end at 4pm (PST) on the date listed.

THE FALL 2019 ECONOMICS ADMISSIONS APPLICATION IS NOW AVAILABLE. CLICK HERE

Have more questions? Check out the Economics Undergraduate Admissions Policies regarding the timeframes and deadlines to apply.

 

GET INTO THE MAJOR: Admissions notifications and declaration process

Admissions review is conducted after final grades are posted. Students are notified of their admission decision via email according to the schedule listed below. 

  • Fall Regular Review applicants: notified mid-January
  • Spring Regular Review applicants: notified mid-June
  • Summer applicants: notified mid-September
  • Fall and Spring Early Review applicants: notified 4-6 weeks after Early Review application deadline

Instructions for officially declaring the major will be provided in the admission notification. Students are responsible for taking the necessary steps to ensure that they are officially declared in the Economics major after admission.

Students intending to add Economics as a second/additional major, must adhere to the requirements for admission before declaring the Economics major.

Did not meet requirements for admission? Check out the Economics Undergraduate Admissions Policies regarding the appeal process.