Ph.D. On Campus


University of California, San Diego

48 months
32687 USD/year
32687 USD/year
17584 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The University of California, San Diego's Graduate Program in Economics has long been recognized for the strong preparation its students receive in econometrics and microeconomic theory. 


Since its inception, the faculty and programs of the Department of Economics at University of California, San Diego have grown in number and stature. As of 2013, the Department of Economics has 42 faculty and two research professors (one Nobel Laureate). Four faculty members are Guggenheim Fellows, six are Fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 10 are Fellows of the Econometric Society, and 15 are researchers with the National Bureau of Economic Research. The Department is well-known as a powerhouse in econometric theory and microeconomic theory, and now also boasts top groups in macroeconomics, international economics, and several applied-microeconomic fields.

The programme

Over the years, the faculty has been committed to a rigorous analytical approach to both teaching and research. Both the undergraduate and graduate programs were initially designed to provide students with a strong foundation in economic theory and econometrics. This was based on the belief that even students with interests in applied fields or policy areas would benefit from having a deep understanding of the principles and methods that are the basis of modern economic analysis.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • A typical student’s first year of study would cover the following core materials:
  • Microeconomics (ECON 200A-C)
  • Macroeconomics (ECON 210 A-C)
  • Computing (ECON 280)
  • In the second year, students finish the econometrics core (ECON 220D-F), and begin their elective courses.
  • In the third year, students complete elective courses and produce a literature review and an original paper, which typically serves as the start of a dissertation.
  • The average number of years to complete the program is 4-6 years.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • English Proficiency Exams (international applicants only)
  • 3 letters of recommendation required.
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Resume/CV
  • Undergraduate GPA: 3.5 minimum on 4.0 scale.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    32687 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 32687 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    32687 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 32687 USD per year during 48 months.
  • In-State

    17584 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 17584 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for San Diego

1400 - 2455 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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