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Economics, Ph.D.

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University rank #55 (WUR) Davis, CA, United States
The UC Davis Department of Economics has long maintained a strong focus on rigorous analysis, grounded in mathematics and quantitative methods and applied to policy-relevant areas of inquiry such as poverty, the environment, globalization, education and innovation.
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The rigorous UC Davis Graduate Program in Economics gives students a strong foundation and a supportive collegial structure within which to produce a body of scholarly work and form the basis for careers in academics and leadership positions in industry.

Career The intellectually stimulating UC Davis Graduate Program in Economics prepares about 90 concurrently enrolled students to teach in college and university economics departments and business schools. Economists with doctoral credentials are highly sought among government advisory councils, congressional staffs, and private and public institutions that influence public policy. Many establish themselves as consultants advising government agencies and policy-setting organizations such as the National Economic Council, the Federal Reserve, the Treasury Department, the Council of Economic Advisers, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

  • Students gain advanced knowledge of modern economic theory, both in the areas of microeconomics and macroeconomics, and advanced proficiency in econometrics and quantitative methods. 
  • Students acquire in-depth knowledge of two fields of theoretical or empirical economics of particular interest to the candidate. S
  • tudents graduate with the ability to address economic issues with the analytic and quantitative skills necessary for a successful academic or professional career in economics, business or government.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3.25

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3.25 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree, preferably in economics, is required. Students who did not major in economics should have taken at least intermediate microeconomics, intermediate macroeconomics, and two additional upper-division economics courses. Because of the quantitative nature of the first-year theory sequence, prior completion of at least one year of calculus is essential, and a course in linear algebra is highly desirable. 
  • Personal History Statement
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Application fee ($105 for domestic application, or $125 for international). The fee may be paid by credit card or by e-check as directed on the application. 
  • Three letters of recommendation 
  • C.V. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    56500 USD/year
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  • National

    56500 USD/year
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Living costs for Davis

  • 1100 - 1600 USD/month
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Financial support for graduate study at UC Davis is available in several forms, including UC Davis Internal Fellowships, External Fellowships, Academic Employment, and student loans. There are different procedures for applying for each type of financial assistance and it is essential that you apply as early as possible for financial support.

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