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Preparing for Graduate School...

  • The standards have toughened in the past 10 years. The classes that got me into graduate school wonít get your foot in the door.
  • Ironically, economics graduate programs care more about math than economics. So, even if you take every economics class offered, that doesnít guarantee you admittance into graduate school.
  • There are certain math classes that you should take over others. These include the full calculus series (MATH 30, 31, 32), linear algebra (MATH 35, 100, or 117), and differential equations (MATH 45 or 105A and 105B). I also recommend taking courses in set theory (MATH 108, 162) and operations research (STAT 115A, 155) if you have the time, energy, space in your schedule.
  • It goes without saying that simply taking these courses is not enough; you need to receive high grades in them as well.
  • Find out the admissions requirements for the Top Five schools (Harvard, Berkeley, etc) and make sure you have satisfied them.
Applying to Graduate School...
  • Contact the graduate admissions director of the graduate schools that interest you. Look over the deptís website first and then ask if there are additional classes that they recommend for acceptance into their program or any other advice they can give.
  • Start writing your personal statement well in advance of the fall semester of the year before you plan to start the graduate program. Share you statement with trusted professors and the Writing Center to make sure you say what you intend.
  • Start saving up money to pay the application fees (applying to graduate school is NOT inexpensive!).

What to do while you wait...

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After you've been accepted...

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Things to remember your first year...
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Now that you're done with that degree...
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