- UCI’s Economics PhD program trains the next generation of economists for careers in academia, government and the private sector.
- In the first year, students complete core PhD coursework in microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics.
- In the second year, students specialize in two research fields including Econometrics, Economic History, Experimental Economics, Game Theory and Mechanism Design, Industrial Organization, International Economics, Labor Economics, Macroeconomics, Monetary Economics, Political Economy, Public Economics, Transportation and Urban Economics.
- Over the next three years, students engage with faculty advisors, to research, write and present original, cutting-edge papers culminating in the PhD dissertation.
What Sets Us Apart?
- Prospective students may apply to PhD concentrations in Monetary Policy and Central Banking, Political Economy/Public Choice and Transportation Economics
- UCI’s Department of Economics has achieved national and international stature by attracting well-known senior scholars and through the advancement of a host of young economic scholars.
- The department ranks among the top 40 North American Economics Departments and among the top 50 Economics Departments World-Wide [Source: RePEc].
- All of the major fields of economics are covered with notable strengths in Applied Microeconomics, Labor Economics, Econometrics, Economic History, Experimental Economics, Game Theory and Decision Theory, Industrial Organization, Macroeconomics, Monetary Economics, Political Economy, Public Economics, and Urban and Transportation Economics.
- The department offers a friendly and engaging environment for PhD students with an exceptional degree of faculty-student interaction:
- A low PhD student to faculty ratio of approximately 3:1.
- Most faculty and students live on campus and can walk/bike to class.
- Weekly lunch workshops in many fields give students an opportunity to repeatedly present and refine their research papers.
- Weekly seminars in Econometrics, Macroeconomics, Labor and Public Economics, Theory History and Development and Urban and Transportation Economics enable students to learn about research frontiers from UCI faculty and visitors from other Economics Departments.
- Interdisciplinary research opportunities with faculty in other UCI departments including business and finance, cognitive science, psychology, logic and philosophy of science, social ecology, computer science and mathematics.
- Excellent record of preparing and placing students in top positions in academia, government and the private sector. See the graduate placement list for details.
Normative Time to Degree
Prospective students must hold a bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution with degree standards equivalent to those of the University of California. The degree need not be in economics; a degree in engineering, mathematics, statistics, or another social science may work very well. The student’s cumulative GPA or the equivalent must be 3.0 or higher. In addition, students should have a strong mathematics background including, at a minimum, one year of calculus and courses in linear algebra, statistics and probability. Additional mathematics coursework is desirable. Coursework in economics is also desirable but not necessary. Finally, students must have strong skills in spoken and written English.
Applications to the Ph.D. program in Economics are accepted beginning September 3rd. Applications must be received by December 2nd, late applications will be accepted through December 16th. All students who meet this application deadline will also be considered for financial support, consisting of assistantships and fellowships. The Economics Ph.D. program starts in the fall quarter of each year; consequently, new students are not admitted for the winter or spring quarters.
To apply, go to the UCI Graduate Division website and complete the online application for graduate admissions.
As part of the online application all students must submit an academic statement of purpose detailing their motivations and goals for pursuing a Ph.D. in Economics at UCI. Students who have a strong preference for UCI’s Economics Ph.D. program should credibly signal that preference in their statement of purpose.
The online application also requires that all U.S. citizens and permanent residents provide a personal history statement detailing how their personal background informs their decision to pursue a Ph.D. in Economics. In this statement, students may also discuss how their admission would contribute to social or cultural diversity in UCI’s economics department.
In addition to completing the online application, students must also submit or arrange to have submitted:
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test scores dated within the last five years. (Test scores from the various GRE subject tests are not required). Request that the Educational Testing Service (ETS) send GRE general test scores directly to UC Irvine using institution code 4859. Recently admitted students to UCI’s Ph.D. program in Economics had mean GRE scores / percentiles as follows: Verbal (159.9 / 84%); Quantitative (165.4 / 90%); Analytical Writing (4.1 / 62%).
- Three letters of recommendation from professionals –preferably academic--who can address the student’s ability to succeed in a rigorous economics Ph.D. program and do original research. These letters can be requested and submitted electronically via the online application system.
- Transcripts from all post-secondary educational institutions attended.
- TOEFL / IELTS scores, if required –see additional admission procedures for International Applicants below. TOEFL or IELTS test scores should be sent directly to UC Irvine by the testing agency using institution code 4859.
Additional Admissions Procedures for International Applicants (non-U.S. citizens)
UCI's Economics department enthusiastically welcomes applications from students outside the U.S. To be considered for admission and financial support, international applicants must demonstrate proficiency in spoken and written English.
International applicants, including US permanent residents who did not attend for four full years and graduate high school in the United States, can satisfy the English language proficiency requirement by submitting test scores from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). These test scores must be dated within the last two years.
Applicants taking the internet-based, TOEFL-ibT, must attain a minimum score of 26/30 on the Speaking subsection and a minimum overall score of 80/120 to be considered for admission and financial support. TOEFL scores should be sent directly to UCI by Educational Testing Service using institution code 4859.
Applicants taking the IELTS must attain a minimum speaking sub-score of 8/9, a minimum overall score of 7/9 and no individual module score less than 6/9 to be considered for admission and financial support. IELTS scores should be sent electronically to University of California, Irvine - Graduate Division 120 Aldrich Hall. Irvine, CA 92697.
International applicants who are citizens of certain countries where English is the primary language, (principally, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and the United Kingdom) and who have completed all of their educational requirements in those same countries are exempt from this English language proficiency requirement. The complete list of countries where English is considered the primary language can be found on UCI's graduate division website. International applicants who are not citizens of the countries on this list or who did not complete four full years and graduate from a high school in the U.S. must submit English language test scores that meet the minimum requirements stated above in order to be considered for admission and financial support.
Admission and financial support decisions are made by the UCI Economics Department’s Graduate Admissions Committee, which bases its judgment on the applicant’s academic record, the letters of recommendation, the statement of purpose, GRE test scores, and tests of English language proficiency (if required).
Letters of acceptance and financial support offers are typically sent out by March 1. Candidates have until April 15 to decide whether to accept such offers.
Graduate students may work as Teaching Assistants for a maximum of 12 quarters before advancing to candidacy for the PhD, and no more than 18 quarters over the duration of the doctoral program. Students often are able to work as research assistants to acquire research skills and experience firsthand the nature of current research at the frontiers of economic knowledge. Research assistantships are arranged individually with faculty members. Students may apply to Financial Aid and Scholarships for need-based financial aid in the form of loans.
Tuition & Fees
Graduate/Credential Student Fees 2019-20
|Fall 2019||Winter 2020||Spring 2020||Annual|
|Student Services Fee||376.00||376.00||376.00||1,128.00|
|Assoc. Grad Students Fee||9.00||9.00||9.00||27.00|
|Student Center Fee||139.69||139.69||139.68||419.06|
|Bren Events Center Fee||23.00||23.00||23.00||69.00|
|Recreation Center Fee||88.00||88.00||88.00||264.00|
|Document Fee *||80.00||0.00||0.00||80.00|
|Student Health Insurance||1,459.18||1,459.18||1,459.18||4,377.54|
|Total California Resident||$ 5,908.87||$ 5,908.87||$ 5,908.86||$ 17,726.60|
|Nonresident Supplemental Tuition||5,034.00||5,034.00||5,034.00||15,102.00|
|Total Nonresident||$ 10,942.87||$ 10,942.87||$ 10,942.86||$ 32,828.60|
Posted 12 July 2019 at http://reg.uci.edu/fees/2019-2020/graduate.html.
The tuition, fees, and charges posted to your billing statement or account are estimates based on currently approved amounts. These figures may not be final. Actual tuition, fees, and charges are subject to change by the Regents of the University of California and could be affected by increases or reductions in State funding, or other developments. Accordingly, final approved levels (and thus your final balance due) may differ from the amounts shown.
* The Document Fee provides lifetime access to official transcripts and academic verifications without a fee for in-person pickup or delivery by USPS. In addition, there is no fee for mailing the initial diploma. Effective Fall 2018, new undergraduate, professional, and graduate students are assessed the one-time document fee. Eligible students are able to use financial aid to cover the Document Fee.
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Daniel E. Bogart, Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles, Associate Professor of Economics
William A. Branch, Ph.D. University of Oregon, Department Chair and UCI Chancellor's Fellow and Professor of Economics
David Brownstone, Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, Professor Emeritus of Economics
Jan K. Brueckner, Ph.D. Stanford University, UCI Chancellor's Professor of Economics; Urban Planning and Public Policy
Jean-Paul Carvalho, Ph.D. Oxford University, Associate Professor of Economics; Logic and Philosophy of Science
Debapriya Chakraborty, Ph.D. University of California, Irvine, Lecturer of Economics
Jiawei Chen, Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University, Associate Professor of Economics
Natalia Chernyshoff, Ph.D. University of California, Davis, Lecturer of Economics
Damon Clark, Ph.D. Oxford University, Associate Professor of Economics; Urban Planning and Public Policy
Arthur S. De Vany, Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles, Professor Emeritus of Economics
Yingying Dong, Ph.D. Boston College, Associate Professor of Economics
John Duffy, Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles, Professor of Economics
Gordon J. Fielding, Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles, Professor Emeritus of Economics
Matthew Freedman, Ph.D. University of Maryland-College Park, Associate Professor of Economics
Michelle Garfinkel, Ph.D. Brown University, Professor of Economics
Amihai Glazer, Ph.D. Yale University, Professor of Economics
Matthew Harding, Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Associate Professor of Economics; Statistics
Ivan G. Jeliazkov, Ph.D. Washington University, Associate Professor of Economics; Statistics
Brian C. Jenkins, Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Lecturer with Potential Security of Employment of Economics
Linda Cohen Jennings, Ph.D. California Institute of Technology, Professor of School of Law; Economics
Lai Jiang, Ph.D. New York University, Lecturer of Economics
Igor Kopylov, Ph.D. University of Rochester, Associate Professor of Economics
Ying-Ying Lee, Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison, Assistant Professor of Economics
Raffaele Mari, M.A. San Diego State University, Lecturer of Economics
Michael T. McBride, Ph.D. Yale University, Professor of Economics; Logic and Philosophy of Science; Religious Studies
Martin C. McGuire, Ph.D. Harvard University, UCI Endowed Chair and Professor Emeritus of Economics
Fabio Milani, Ph.D. Princeton University, Professor of Economics
David Neumark, Ph.D. Harvard University, UCI Chancellor's Professor of Economics; Paul Merage School of Business
Dale J. Poirier, Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison, Professor Emeritus of Economics; Statistics
Priya Ranjan, Ph.D. Columbia University, Professor of Economics
Gary Richardson, Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, UCI Chancellor's Fellow and Professor of Economics; European Languages and Studies; Religious Studies
Guillaume Rocheteau, Ph.D. University of Paris, UCI Chancellor's Fellow and Professor of Economics
Jose Antonio Rodriguez Lopez, Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, Associate Professor of Economics
Donald G. Saari, Ph.D. Purdue University, UCI Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Economics; Logic and Philosophy of Science; Mathematics
George Sarraf, Ph.D. Claremont Graduate University, Lecturer of Economics
Nilopa Shah, Ph.D. University of California, Irvine, Lecturer of Economics
Paul R. Shirey, Ph.D. University of California, Irvine, Lecturer of Social Sciences; Economics
Stergios Skaperdas, Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University, Clifford S. Heinz Chair and Professor of Economics; Political Science
Kenneth A. Small, Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, Professor Emeritus of Economics
Eric Swanson, Ph.D. Stanford University, Professor of Economics
Wilima Wadhwa, Ph.D. University of California, Irvine, Lecturer of Economics
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