Carnegie Mellon University

Undergraduate Economics

Carnegie Mellon’s history of innovative research in economics provides students with the educational excellence needed to understand how the world works today and how it can work better in the future.

Demand is growing for the versatility and insight that economics majors offer. The Undergraduate Economics Program at Carnegie Mellon provides unique preparation for our talented, curious, and motivated students to meet that demand.

Students can study a range of applications, including: the design of cryptocurrencies, online platforms, and other digital marketplaces; the origins and mitigation of financial crises; the economic impact of transformative technological change; reform and innovation in health markets; the economic consequences of climate change; and trade policy and tax reform in a globalized economy.

Our Undergraduate Economics Program is a collaboration of the Tepper School of Business and Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences. As a student, you can customize your Carnegie Mellon economics experience by choosing from four distinct majors in the economics program:

  • Bachelor of Art in Economics
  • Bachelor of Science in Economics
  • Bachelor of Science in Economics and Statistics
  • Bachelor of Science in Economics and Mathematics

Each major provides an in-depth, analytical education that emphasizes the interplay of economic models and quantitative analysis. Students are taught by and research alongside faculty who are at the forefront of advancing economics; this is reflected in the nine Nobel Prizes awarded for economic research conducted at the Tepper School. We bring this same innovative spirit to our teaching of economics.

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Education & Research Excellence

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Moneythink Finnovation Challenge Propels Winner to Amazon Contest Win

For the second year in a row, the undergraduate student organization Moneythink hosted the Tartan Financial Innovation Challenge. The hackathon-style event challenges participants to create projects that promote financial literacy.

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Research Spotlight: How does a natural disaster affect voting patterns?

Economics Senior Selected as Andrew Carnegie Society Scholar

Congratulations to Seth Henry, senior economics major! The Andrew Carnegie Society Scholars Program recognizes 40 seniors who embody Carnegie Mellon’s high standards of academic excellence, volunteerism, leadership and involvement in student organizations, athletics or the arts. 

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Economics Senior Inducted Into Phi Beta Kappa Society

Congratulations to Jules Ross, senior economics major! Phi Beta Kappa is the nation's oldest and most distinguished undergraduate academic honorary society, with chapters at only 286 of the foremost institutions of higher education across the country. Only 21 seniors are selected for the honor of early initiation.

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Tepper School Graduates Prepare for Economics Ph.D. Programs

Each year the Tepper School of Business sends graduates out into the world to test their knowledge and prove what they have learned during their time on campus. However, some students are only getting started with their schoolwork.

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