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The Ph.D. is the most advanced degree in the field of economics and is generally considered a research degree.  Many candidates are often unprepared for the rigor and highly quantitative nature of graduate studies in economics.   The CARE program is here to improve your odds of getting into the top programs by bridging the gap between the undergraduate major and core courses in graduate studies. 

CARE provides important assistance to its members in four concrete ways:

First, to prepare for the highly mathematical nature of the PhD in economics, members are automatically admitted into the honors courses in intermediate microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics.  These are courses taught by our tenured faculty at a much higher level of rigor than our regular course offerings. 

Second, every member of CARE is matched with a faculty mentor to help her/him navigate the process of preparing for graduate school in economics.  Our CARE members develop a strong one-on-one relationship with their mentor who can be helpful, not only in an ongoing advisory role, but also as a potential letter writer.

Third, potential members of CARE often express a keen interest in academic research, an area they have little exposure to as an undergraduate major.  CARE holds monthly research seminars where our faculty from diverse fields in economics share their research agenda and address student questions relating to how research is conducted by successful academics. 

Finally, an important mission of CARE is to encourage more women and minorities, an underrepresented group in the profession, to pursue and succeed in graduate school.  CARE women meet on a regular basis to discuss issues that pertain to women and minorities and promote increased awareness of the challenges unique to women’s careers.