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B.S. in Management Science (EN26)

The Management Science major will no longer be available to continuing students starting WI22.
Students already declared in the major will be able to complete the major, however will not be able to switch back into it if they decide to switch out. Please contact us through VAC.UCSD.EDU with any questions.

There has been a proposal submitted to the Academic Senate to sunset the BS in Management Science major (EN26) over the next four years. Please read the Notice to Students from the Vice Chair of Undergraduate Education regarding the sunsetting of the Management Science Major

Academic Senate's Undergraduate Council notice to students regarding the EN26 major.

To receive a bachelor of science degree in Management Science, no more than six upper-division courses taken externally from UC San Diego can be counted toward the major. 

Note: F-1 students, with an EN26 major, are eligible to apply for STEM OPT and extend the employment authorization benefits. Current F-1 regulations allow for 12 months of OPT and an additional 24 months (total of 36 months) of OPT for those in STEM qualified fields. Visit the OPT webpage for details.

Effective FA17: All students must have a minimum 2.0 major GPA, in order to graduate.

Focus of the Major

  • Quantitative major in applied economics with a management focus.
  • Builds on a set of related quantitative methods for optimal allocation of scarce resources in private and public enterprises.
  • Covers some of the functional fields of business management; however, the degree is more focused on quantitative methods than a traditional business administration major.
  • Helps to prepare students for a MBA program.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the Management Science major, students will be able to:

  • Apply the formal methods used by statisticians to analyze data to learn about the real world
  • Use basic econometric methods to quantify uncertainty with confidence intervals; use regression to infer causal relationships; and use regressions for prediction
  • Critically interpret empirical studies
  • Set up, solve and analyze optimization models with more than one constraint
  • Apply optimization models to consumer, producer, and market theories
  • Use game theory to analyze the strategic behavior of individuals and firms
  • Determine the value of various financial assets and liabilities under uncertainty
  • Translate an economic problem into an appropriate mathematical model; describe solution techniques; and interpret the solutions to mathematical problems in economic terms 

View the UC San Diego WASC Inventory of Effectiveness Indicators for the bachelor of science in management science (pages 4-6).


  • Major requirements checklist (PDF)

Two Year Plan

  • Transfer students entering FA09 and later (PDF)