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Do I need HL Maths for a major in Econs?

Hi all, prospective IB student here! :), if I wish to pursue a career in econs in uni (U.S) will I be required to take up HL maths or will SL maths suffice?

Subject outline:

HL: Econs, Bio, Chem

SL: Math, Eng lit and lang, Mand B

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i think you shold have a look at uni courses online to see their requirements, and you could call up the unis and ask :)

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I've been searching through various universities websites but I can't find a thing regarding HL maths and econs! :(

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Both will suffice. It's only in the UK, as far as my knowledge is concerned, that you need maths HL for econ in uni.

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As far as I remember, HL Maths is only a prerequisite for Economics in the UK at the top universities (where they expect you to be predicted a 7 in Maths HL on top of that).

American colleges are much more fluid in their requirements. There really isn't any set criteria (and if there is, which is rare, it is usually specified very clearly on websites). I applied with HL English, History and Economics to UPenn's Economics programme - didn't get in - but my interview feedback was that basically I came across a little nervous and other applicants were simply better. So I really don't think it makes any difference.

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I believe it all depends on your uni of choice: some may require it, others may not...if the majority of unis you're considering require it, I suggest taking it. My brother is interested in law, so researched his top uni's and found he did not require the extra stress, work and study of an LNAT for where he wants to go.

Also, the more advanced mathematical knowledge you will gain from it will only help you in that kind of degree--and will put you in an advantageous position when the selection process begins! Think how impressed your prospective uni's will be when you know the material for the first year pretty much!

However, it comes down to whatever you think you'll do best in-if you think you'll do better at SL than HL, by all means go for SL as you need the points in the first place to even be offered a uni place!

Good luck :)

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I suppose unis in the UK would require Maths HL, but I was able to receive conditional offers even with my Maths SL, but I needed to score a 6 on the subject on the External Exams. The US is not as strict, though.

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Hi! Thanks for all your opinions soo far, they've been great! :) Just one last thing that comes to mind is that at how much of a disadvantage would you think I would be having if I took Math SL instead of HL and applied for econs in competitive universities?

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In the US? I doubt it would make that much of a difference. From what I've seen they tend not to mind about subject combination, unless it's specified that a certain subject is required. I think that overall grades would matter more. So I would go with Maths SL based on that.

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In the US you should have a pretty decent foundation in math, but HL math isn't required unless that specific university states it (and I can't think of any off the top of my head that do). Econ is pretty math-based knowing several people majoring in economics/actuarial science, so you need math. Ideally HL math is the best preparation, but don't feel compelled to take HL math if you feel like you can get a better grade at SL (a 7 in SL math is better than a 4 at HL). Just whichever math you take, you want to score well in it to be able to handle the math in university.

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