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Excellence in Economics

Excellence in Economics (EXEC) is a program designed specially for first-year transfer students pursuing a degree with the UCLA Department of Economics.


The UCLA Department of Economics and the UCLA Alumni Association are committed to the successful transition of transfer students to the campus community. The EXEC program will equip first-year transfer students with the skills and resources to excel academically, socially, and professionally.
Approximately 40-50 transfer students will be selected to this program and will participate together in required academic courses and career planning programs. Through these required components, students will have the opportunity to build community with other transfer students, and expand their professional network with faculty, staff and alumni.

Program Format and Requirements

Academic Preparation: To position transfer students for academic success, EXEC students will take two of their fall quarter courses together: Econ 97 (Economics Toolkit) and Econ 11 (Microeconomic Theory). Econ 97 will include a math review, discussion of effective study skills, and an introduction to some of the research done by economists. Students in EXEC will be required to enroll in one of two discussion sections of Econ 11 reserved exclusively for EXEC students.

Career Preparation: Students are also required to participate in three career planning sessions led by Gerald Corporal, Director of Alumni Career Engagement of the UCLA Alumni Association. These sessions will assist students with their resume, elevator pitch, developing a strategy for internship recruitment, and connecting with alumni. Students will also receive a peer mentor; a second year transfer student.

The career planning sessions will begin prior to the start of fall classes; please hold the following dates and times:

  • Wednesday, September 23, 6 – 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 30, 6 – 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 7, 6 – 8 p.m.

Currently, EXEC is only open to new transfer students (entering UCLA in Fall 2020) from the following majors:

  • Pre-Economics
  • Pre-Business Economics
  • Pre-Math/Econ

All applicants need to be enrolled full-time during the 2020-2021 academic year (enrolled in at least 12 units per quarter).

If you are applying for this program, please note the scheduled time for Econ 11-1 and Econ 97. There are two lecture sections for Econ 11, Econ 11-1 and Econ 11-2. This program uses Econ 11-1. The reserved discussion sections for Econ 11 meet on Wednesdays from 11 – 11:50 a.m and Wednesday from 4 – 4:50 p.m. You will be required to attend one of these sections. Please be sure that you can attend during these times. Should you not be accepted into the program, we will help you find an alternative section for Econ 11 that works for your schedule.

Application Information
DEADLINE: Friday, August 28 at 11:59 p.m. (Pacific)
Admission is competitive, and EXEC is limited to 40-50 students. Your application materials will factor in to your admission status. Please use the application to clearly articulate your academic and career goals and how EXEC will help you achieve them.


For any questions, please contact Gerald Corporal at