In this section, we are going to focus on being a competitive applicant for top Economics PhD programs. We want our very best undergraduates to have a chance to get into these highly competitive programs right after completing an undergraduate degree. Preparing for graduate school in Economics can often be a confusing process for students. The goal of this webpage is to illuminate this process and clarify what is required to be a competitive applicant. While we emphasize the importance of taking difficult mathematics courses, in general, as you choose less selective Economics PhD programs, you can take fewer upper division mathematics classes and still be a competitive applicant.
Of course, a PhD in Economics is not for everyone and we want you to pursue a career path that is right for YOU. For great resources about careers, please see UCSD Career Services Center.
There are also many PhD and MA programs outside of economics (in finance, business, public policy, data analytics, business analytics, data science, etc.) that you may be more interested in and be well qualified for. Please speak with our Vice Chair for Undergraduate Education and other economics faculty about any higher education program you are interested in and get their advice about what it will take for you to be to be a competitive applicant.