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Preparing for graduate school

Economics, Law, MBA

Graduate School in Economics:
For students desiring to pursue a graduate degree in Economics the following math courses should be considered:

MATH 151    Calculus I*
MATH 152    Calculus II*
MATH 251    Calculus III
MATH 270    Linear Algebra *
MATH 361    Analysis
MATH 363    Differential Equations

* Graduate school admissions will look favorably upon students who take the courses identified with an asterisk.  The remaining courses are highly recommended.  Obtaining a minor in Mathematics is a viable alternative to the courses listed above.

Law School:
If the Department of Economics and Management offers a topics course in Law & Economics, students may find such a course enriching.  In addition, for students desiring to pursue law school, the following courses should be considered with their major in Economics:

COMM 101, 335 
PHIL 207, 315
POLS 110, 384
SOC 215

“At DePauw, students thinking about law school, whatever their undergraduate major, are counseled on an individual basis by their faculty advisor or by the pre-law advisor.” DePauw University 2002-2004 Catalog, page 225.

Masters of Business Administration:
It is often advisable to work for 2 to 3 years before applying to a MBA program.  To begin building a background in areas which you would like to specialize in, you should consider the following:

Economics Specialty – take math courses as listed above for graduate school in Economics.

Finance Specialty – take finance courses available through the Economics and Management Department.

Accounting Specialty - take accounting courses available through the Economics and Management Department. 

NOTE   It should be emphasized that these are suggested programs. The actual shape of the program that any student follows will, of course, be the result of consultation between the student and the faculty advisor.  However, the Economics Department strongly recommends that students complete their core requirements as quickly as possible.  These will not only make the more advanced courses easier to handle, but it will also give the student more flexibility in the third and fourth year of study.  This is especially true for students who plan to attend off-campus programs.

It should also be emphasized that the preparatory work suggested above for those wishing to go to graduate school does not mean that a student must complete this program for admission into graduate school.  Most graduate schools have remedial courses in mathematics and econometrics for students who did not have the opportunity to study them during their undergraduate careers.  However, a student who follows the program as outlined above is likely to find graduate work more manageable.