Economics (EN75)

The UC San Diego Graduate Program in Economics has long been recognized for the strong preparation its students receive in econometrics and microeconomic theory. During the last few years, our Department has expanded dramatically, with rapidly growing strengths as well in macroeconomics and applied microeconomics. Among the fields we now cover are behavioral economics, development, environmental economics, finance, labor economics, international trade, IO, macroeconomics, political economy, and public finance, in addition to econometrics and microeconomic theory.

Program Info

Area of Study Division of Social Sciences
Department Economics
Major Economics
Degree Doctor of Philosophy
Admissions Terms Fall
Additional Notes

Carefully evaluate your qualifications against the criteria below before paying the application fee and submitting your application.

Undergraduate GPA: 3.5 minimum on 4.0 scale. For international applicants, equivalencies will be determined.
The Department recognizes different colleges have different grading standards and will take this into account in reviewing applications. In particular, the Department notes that there are a small number of prominent colleges whose grading standards are substantially harder than most colleges and may consider applicants from those institutions that narrowly miss the 3.5 minimum standard.

For additional information and FAQs on admission to our Ph.D. program, please consult our admissions webpage. For information on program requirements, please consult our program requirements webpage.

Application Deadlines December 4, 2021 (Fall 2022)

Basic Requirement

Admissions Tests

GRE General is required.

English Proficiency Exams

(international applicants only)

A test of English language proficiency is required for international applicants whose native language is not English and who have not studied full-time for one uninterrupted academic year at a university-level institution in which English is the language of instruction and in a country where English is a dominant language.

The following test(s) are accepted by this department:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
PTE (Pearson Test of English)

Letters of Recommendation

Minimum of 3 recommendations required.

3 letters of recommendation required. Accepts online letters of recommendation ONLY

Statement of Purpose


Accepts only the online Statement of Purpose; 2500 word limit



Including your resume as part of your application is optional.

Contact Info

Phone Please send an email to
Mailing Address
University of California, San Diego
Department of Graduate Economics
9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0508
La Jolla, CA 92093-0508