Admissions

There are currently over 1,000 declared primary and secondary majors in the Department of Economics.

Major Declaration

First-year students may declare Economics as a major at any time during their first year at UMass. Transfer students and current UMass Amherst students are eligible to declare the Economics major upon successful completion of the following two requirements, with a minimum grade of C- in each course, and a minimum overall cumulative GPA of 2.0:

1. One of the following core economics courses:
ECON 103 – Introduction to Microeconomics
RES-ECON 102 – Introduction to Resource Economics
ECON 104 – Introduction to Macroeconomics

2. One of the following introductory calculus/math modeling courses:
MATH 127 – Calculus for the Life and Social Sciences I
MATH 131 – Calculus I

Upon receiving final grades for both courses, students may declare the Economics major by scheduling an "Add Econ Major" appointment with Leah Dodson (students whose last names begin with A - K) or Lori Sadler (students L - Z).

Admission Information for Prospective Freshmen, International and Transfer Students

Prospective UMass Amherst students must meet criteria set by the University’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions.  The UMass Amherst application process is managed completely by Undergraduate Admissions.  Prospective first-year, international, and transfer students should contact Undergraduate Admissions for all admissions matters, including information regarding course/credit transfer and admissions requirements.

Undergraduate Admissions:  umass.edu/admissions
Admissions requirements:  umass.edu/admissions/apply/admissions-requirements