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harri
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I know that most of the top graduate economics programs list Mulitvariable Calculus, Linear Algebra, Probability, and Statistics as mathematics courses you absolutely need in order to be even considered for admission.

I was wondering if, in addition to those classes, I should take the often recommended undergrad. mathematics classes like Real Analysis, Differential Equations, Econometrics, and Vector Calculus if I'm going to try and get a graduate degree in economics.

Also, I'm by no means a math whiz. I've done pretty well in single variable calculus so far, but some of the more advanced mathematics classes seem very difficult and frankly intimidating. Is graduate school in economics really just focused on mathematics? And if so, should I just steer away from trying to get a graduate degree in economics becuase I'm really not too exceptional at math.

I was wondering if, in addition to those classes, I should take the often recommended undergrad. mathematics classes like Real Analysis, Differential Equations, Econometrics, and Vector Calculus if I'm going to try and get a graduate degree in economics.

Also, I'm by no means a math whiz. I've done pretty well in single variable calculus so far, but some of the more advanced mathematics classes seem very difficult and frankly intimidating. Is graduate school in economics really just focused on mathematics? And if so, should I just steer away from trying to get a graduate degree in economics becuase I'm really not too exceptional at math.

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## Replies to: How much undergrad. math do you need for Grad. School in Economics

2,142Senior Member"Is graduate school in economics really just focused on mathematics? And if so, should I just steer away from trying to get a graduate degree in economics becuase I'm really not too exceptional at math." Yes, grad school is really focused on math. You can see how the calculus sequence goes for you before making any decisions about graduate school. Just try to keep a high GPA for now.

33Junior Member443MemberEconometrics is actually probably not that important. You can pick up all the economic concepts in grad school - a lot of students do. Just change your major to math or something like that and work hard at getting good grades.

Make sure you take the hardest Real Analysis class available - (you have to learn Lebesgue!)

Good luck! You don't have to love theoretical math, you just have to be good at it. If that doesn't work out there is always the Business Ph.D.

28New Member408Member408Member15New Member33Junior Memberwww.lse.ac.uk/collections/government/MPA/

After graduating, do you think I have any chance at all for admission at top Econ PhD programs in the US?

The courses of the first year of my MPA is completely compulsory, and although some of them are math based, they're not insanely complex. (this must be bad news for me).

On the other hand, ff I use my second year exclusively at rigor courses in math, economics and statistics and if I do perfect, maybe I can sharpen my profile.

Do I have a chance? Please be honest :-)