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Economics, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 72 months
    Duration
University rank #28 (QS) , CA,
The Ph.D. program at Berkeley is designed for students interested in pursuing advanced study and conducting original research in Economics. The Ph.D. degree is awarded in recognition of the recipient's qualifications as a general economist and of the ability to make scholarly contributions in fields of specialization.

About

In advancing to the Ph.D. degree, students pass through two major stages:

  • Preparation for candidacy typically takes two to three years. During the first two semesters, students take courses to achieve competence in econometric methods, methods of economic history and fundamentals of microeconomic and macroeconomic theory. During the next two years, students prepare for examination in two fields of specialization of their choosing, prepare a dissertation prospectus, and take an oral examination. When these steps are completed, students are advanced to candidacy.
  • Completion of a dissertation after advancing to candidacy typically takes one to two years. The dissertation must be based on original research and represent a significant contribution to the body of Economic knowledge.
The entire process takes approximately five to six years, although some students are able to complete the program in less time. Below is an overview of the program requirements by year and other pertinent information.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 72 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  •  Economic Theory
  •  Macroeconomic Theory 
  •  Mathematical Tools for Economics 
  • Econometrics 
  • Seminar - Survey of Research in Economics 

Fields Available in the Economics Department:

  • Advanced Economic Theory
  • Comparative Economics
  • Development Economics
  • Econometrics
  • Economic Demography
  • Economic History
  • Economics of Institutions
  • Finance
  • Financial Economics
  • Industrial Organization
  • International Economics
  • Labor Economics
  • Law and Economics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Mathematical Economics
  • Political Economics
  • Psychology and Economics
  • Public Finance

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

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  • Minimum required score:

    90

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  • Minimum required score:

    580

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General Requirements

The minimum graduate admission requirements are:
  • a bachelor’s degree or recognized equivalent from an accredited institution;
  • a satisfactory scholastic average, usually a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B) on a 4.0 scale; and
  • enough undergraduate training to do graduate work in your chosen field.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Application Fee

Tuition Fee

  • International

    33958 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16979 USD per semester and a duration of 72 months.
  • National

    33958 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16979 USD per semester and a duration of 72 months.
  • In-State

    18856 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9428 USD per semester and a duration of 72 months.
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Living costs for Berkeley

  • 1750 - 2820 USD/month
    Living Costs

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

Funding

Financial support is available to graduate students in the form of fellowships, research assistantships, and teaching assistantships. Each year a limited number of fellowships, based on academic merit, are awarded to members of the incoming class. Fellowships range from those offering full support, including stipend, tuition, and fees, to those paying tuition only.

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