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B.A. in Economics-Public Policy (EN29) (BA/MPP only)

The BA/MPP is a joint program of the Department of Economics and the UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS). The program incorporates graduate-level coursework into the final undergraduate year of study for a Bachelor of Arts in Economics-Public Policy. The Master of Public Policy is awarded upon completion of an additional year of coursework as a matriculated graduate student at the school.

Focus of the Major

The curriculum is built around micro– and macro-economics and econometrics, economic policy analysis, public finance and taxation, the study of the politics of policymaking and implementation, law and regulation, institutional processes, the opportunity for the development of advanced training in hard skills such as GIS and remote sensing, and a full year of developing an expertise in at least one area of public policy.

Program Overview

In addition to the first year core classes, students must declare at least one Area of Specialization and complete a second year capstone course with a substantial research project.

In order for a student to be eligible for the BA/MPP, they must first be a declared Economics (EN25) major, have completed their undergraduate college breadth requirements, the lower division course work in math and economics as outlined below, and the upper-division sequences required for the major (ECON 100 A, B, C; ECON 110 A, B; and ECON 120, A, B, C).

Admission requires a major GPA of 3.4. Applications to the program are taken in spring quarter of the junior year. Upon admission, the student must change their major to Economics-Public Policy (EN29). Only BA/MPP students may declare the Economics-Public Policy major.


BA/MPP Planning and Application

  • Major requirements checklist (PDF)
  • Program info sheet, career guidance, interships (PDF)
  • SP20 Information Session Presentation (PPT)
  • Visit the BA/MPP GPS site for full program details, academic advising, and application deadlines