Entry to the Majors

All majors in the Department of Economics are capped (EN25, EN26, and EN28). 

Students admitted to UC San Diego as freshmen, wishing to apply for entry to a major in the Department of Economics must:

1) Meet and complete these two criteria:

  • 2.5 grade average across Econ 1 and Econ 3
  • "C-"grade average across Math 20ABC or "B-"grade average across Math 10ABC

2) Complete the criteria within their first six (6) quarters at UC San Diego

3) Use the Capped Major Application tool to apply. Do NOT use the TritonLink Major/MInor tool to request a change of major at this time.

Application Process

  • Applications will be reviewed after the application cycle closes. Once all applications have been reviewed, applicants will be notified of the outcome via the Virtual Advising Center (VAC).  If approved to enter the Department, you will be notified of how to change your major.
  • Current quarter grades will be taken into consideration for the applicable application cycle (e.g. fall grades will be considered for the fall application).
  • Students are expected to be aware of the below timelines and deadlines, and to check their @ucsd.edu email account regularly. If approved to enter the Department, failure to take action by the specified date and time will result in a rescinded approval/offer to enter a major in the Department of Economics.

 

 

FA17

WI18

SP18

Application OPENS to students

11/27/2017

3/5/2018

5/29/2018

Application CLOSES to students

12/8/2017 11:59PM

3/16/2018 11:59PM

6/8/2018 11:59PM

Decisions messaged via VAC
(Approved or Denied)

1/8/2018 -1/12/2018

4/2/2018-4/6/2018

6/25/2018-6/29/2018

Students DEADLINE to Accept Admission Offer Admission offer will be rescinded if acceptance is not received by the deadline

1/19/2018 11:59PM

4/13/2018 11:59PM

 7/6/2018 11:59PM


Capped Major Application is currently closed

Criteria are designed to ensure adequate preparation for the challenging upper-division courses that follow. Criteria can vary each year. Information will be posted, as soon as it is available.

The major codes are: Economics, EN 25; Management Science, EN 26; and Joint Mathematics-Economics, EN 28.

Effective FA17: All students must graduate with a 2.0 major GPA.

How do I request entry to a major in the Department of Economics?

Read Entry to the Majors information, and criteria, above. If eligible, students must first complete the course and grading criteria outlined on this page, and then use the Capped Major Application tool to request entrance to one of the majors in the Department of Economics. The Application tool is open during specific times each quarter of the academic year (FA, WI, and SP). All courses in the criteria must be completed, with grades posted, within the student's first six (6) quarters at UC San Diego, in order to request entrance to a major in the Department of Economics. Students will receive a message in VAC to declare a major in the department, only after the department has completed the review process to ensure that the course and grade criteria has been met. Students must adhere to all posted deadlines for application each quarter.

I'm currently a declared major in the Department of Economics, and want change to a different major within the Department. How do I do change my major?

Students currently declared as one of our majors (EN25, EN26, EN28), may change their major within the Department by using the Major/Minor tool on TritonLink (e.g. Management Science major wishing to change to Economics major). 

How do I declare a Double Major?

Students who are currently one of our majors (primary major) will have their Double Major petitions reviewed on a weekly basis, at the same time we review for our students who are just changing their major within the Department.

Students who would like to declare one of our majors as their second/secondary major, will have their Double Major Petitions reviewed during the published application period. Students must show intent in the major coursework in the Department, and must have completed the criteria courses with the required grades, outlined on this page. See application deadlines on this page.

UC San Diego regulations require that Double Majors have 90 units to submit a petition, but not more than 135 units.  See university policy and procedure for Double Majors.

Please note: transfer students, who were not a declared major in the Department of Economics at the time of admission to UCSD, will not be able to declare a major in our Department (including double majors).

I'm a transfer student declared in another major department. Can I change my major to one in the Department of Economics?

All transfer students admitted/entering UCSD must be a declared major in the Department of Economics at the time of admission. Transfer students declared in another major department, will not be able to declare a major in the Department of Economics (including double majors).

I was admitted for fall, but took classes at UCSD in Summer Session. Am I subject to the admission criteria?

Yes, students who were admitted to UC San Diego for fall quarter, but whose entering quarter shows as summer, due to summer courses, are subject to the course and grading criteria.

I took the ECON course criterion through AP, IB, or A-levels. Can I still declare a major in the Department of Economics?

Yes. Students with score of 5 on AP, 7 on IB HL, and A*(*) on the Economics A-levels exams will be granted credit as indicated below:

  • Receiving a score of 5 on the AP Microeconomics Exam will give you credit for ECON 1.
  • Receiving a score of 5 on the AP Macroeconomics Exam will give you credit for ECON 3.
  • Receiving a score of 7 on the IB exam will give you credit for both ECON 1 and ECON 3.
  • Receiving the grade of A*(a*) on the A-Level Exam will give you credit for both ECON 1 and ECON 3.

I took the MATH course criterion through AP, IB or A-levels. Can I still declare a major in the Department of Economics?

Yes. Review your Academic History to ensure that your scores were received, evaluated, and posted to your record, prior to submitting your request for entry to a major to the Department of Economics

I have a blank grade or an "Incomplete" grade on my transcript for one or more of the grading criteria classes. Can I still declare a major in the Department of Economics?

Incomplete and Blank grades in criteria courses will need to be resolved prior to the application review period according to the published application deadlines for entrance into one of the majors in the Department.

If I am a declared major in the Department of Economics, and decide to declare a major in a different discipline/department, and in the future decide I want to change back to a major in the Department of Economics, can I do so?

The Department will approve a one-time switch out of, and back into, the Department. Students must first meet with an undergraduate advisor in the Undergraduate Student Services Office in the Department of Economics. A petition will also be required, in order for Vice Chair to review the request.

I am applying for Readmission, can I still declare a major in the Department of Economics?

A student who was previously one of our majors, immediately prior to leaving UC San Diego, can propose a Department of Economics major on Readmission Application or Readmission Appeal form, but must first meet with an undergraduate advisor in the Undergraduate Student Services Office in the Department of Economics.

Students, who were not previously declared in a major in the Department of Economics, and are seeking readmission to UC San Diego, must propose a non-Economics major. Students are not able to propose a capped major in the Department of Economics on the the Readmission Application, or Readmission Appeol form.  After readmission to UC San Diego, and only if eligible, students may attempt to request entry to one of our capped majors. See Entry to the Majors details above.

I have taken almost all of my courses for a major in the Department of Economics, and now have 90 units and need to declare my major. Will there be a delay?

Students wishing to declare a major in the Department of Economics, must satisfy the grading criteria outlined above, and apply for entrance into the Department by the published deadlines. If a student has not completed the requisite courses listed above, with required grades, application for entry to a major in the Department of Economics will NOT be approved.

I did not meet the grading criteria for entrance to a major in the Department of Economics, but have taken several Economics courses. What can I do?

Students who do not meet the grading criteria in the required major courses, but have taken significant coursework in the Department of Economics can consider declaring a Minor in Economics or Management Science. Details on our Minor requirements may be found here.

Can I take courses through Concurrent Enrollment?

No. The Department of Economics does not accept courses taken through Concurrent Enrollment to satisfy major requirements, minor requirements, or as prerequisites for subsequent Economics courses at UC San Diego.