- Department of Economics
Department of Economics
403 Kern Building
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802
Math Courses To Take If Considering Graduate School In Economics
If you are considering graduate work in economics, the following suggestions are offered: Take Math 140 and 141, 220 (matrices), and 230 (multivariate calculus) as the minimum preparation in mathematics.
In addition to the mathematics courses, you should have a strong working knowledge of basic Econometrics (ECON306). Learning a computer programming language (such as C++) is also recommended.
If you are weak in math or uninterested, then choose your graduate school carefully or look into areas that do not demand as much math and statistics, e.g., industrial relations. The top twenty or twenty-five graduate schools in economics most certainly would require a strong underpinning in math for acceptable performance. You can always strengthen your math background after entering graduate school, but without the minimum preparation you will be at a distinct disadvantage.