Jul 23, 2024  
2024-2025 University Catalog 
2024-2025 University Catalog

Mathematical Economics Minor

Location(s): West Lafayette

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About the Program

The Mathematical Economics minor is designed to prepare students for graduate studies in economics or other related fields. It teaches students to apply mathematical methods to analyze economic problems and evaluate public policies.

Requirements for the Minor (16 credits)


  • The Minor in Mathematical Economics is not available to Economics Majors or other Economics Minors.
  • Pre-requisites - There are pre-req courses that need to be taken. For current pre-requisites for courses, click here
  • All Courses within minors require a C- or higher.
  • Courses for the minor may not be taken as Pass/No Pass.
  • Economics majors and students in the combined BS and MS-ECON program have priority in registering for Economics upper-division courses, including the three ECON courses that comprise the Minor in Mathematical Economics.  This contrasts with students seeking a Minor in Economics or a Minor in Business Economics, as such students are not allowed to register for upper-division courses until after School of Business registration restrictions are lifted.  To obtain registration priority for economics courses, we encourage interested students in a STEM discipline to apply for the combined BS and MS-ECON program. Space in upper-division courses is not guaranteed.
  • The combined degree program allows undergraduate students in Engineering (AAE, CE ChE, ECE, IE, or ME), Mathematics, Statistics, or Computer Science to count 500-level economics courses towards both the Minor in Mathematical Economics and the MS degree in Economics. After graduating from Purdue with a BS degree, the student would then have the option of taking 21 additional credit hours of appropriate courses in order to complete the Purdue MS degree in Economics. This can be done while employed, as the program can be completed fully online. 
  • Only students enrolled in the BS/MS degree in Economics will be able to take ECON 51100 in lieu of ECON 34000, ECON 51200 in lieu of ECON 35200 and ECON 56200 in lieu of ECON 36000.
  • Transfer credit for courses that are a direct match will be accepted for the minor. Undistributed transfer credit (i.e. ECON 2XXXX) will not be accepted.

Pre-Requisite Information

For pre-requisite information, log in to mypurdue.purdue.edu and click here.


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