• Application Deadline
  • 60 months
University rank #11 (ARWU) Beverly Hills, CA, United States
UCLA’s Economics Department has two interlocking objectives. They conduct cutting edge research by developing new methodologies and applying them to understand society’s most critical issues. The Ph.D. Program in Economics at UCLA prepares students for careers as economists in academia, business and government.
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  • The program combines rigorous work in economic theory and careful study of real-world problems and institutions. Graduates from this program work at major universities around the world, national and international government agencies, banks, research centers and in private businesses. 
  • The Economics Department is situated within one of the world’s most youthful and vibrant universities. Founded in 1919, UCLA first developed into a major university in the 1950’s. After so short a history, the university was ranked second in the United States among public research universities by the Conference Board of Associated Research Councils in 1982. Thirty-one of its Ph.D. programs are currently ranked in the top 20 in their field–third best in the nation.
  • The Ph.D. is the degree objective of the graduate program. This degree is awarded to students who demonstrate professional competence by passing written qualifying exams and by completing a major piece of individual research (the Ph.D. dissertation).


Accreditation indicates that UCLA meets high standards of quality, capacity, and effectiveness. UCLA is proud to have been accredited by WASC since March 6, 1949, and I am pleased to report that, having successfully completed a rigorous three-stage review process, UCLA has once again been reaccredited.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 60 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Mathematical Methods in Economics 
  •  Microeconomics: Theory of the Firm and Consumer
  •  Macroeconomics: Dynamics and Growth Theory
  •  Probability and Statistics for Econometrics
  • Microeconomics: Game Theory with Asymmetric Information and Applications
  • Mathematical Methods in Economics
  • Macroeconomics: Business Cycles

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

Admission Requirements
  • Official Academic Records
  • GRE Score
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Resume/CV
  • Three Letters of Recommendation.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    31949 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 31949 USD per year and a duration of 60 months.
  • National

    31949 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 31949 USD per year and a duration of 60 months.
  • In-State

    16847 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16847 USD per year and a duration of 60 months.
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Living costs for Beverly Hills

  • 1100 - 1600 USD/month
    Living Costs

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