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The department offers a PhD degree in economics, designed to provide a solid, analytically oriented training in microeconomics, macroeconomics, econometrics, and advanced specialties. Since the program is structured as a doctoral program, only students who intend to pursue a doctorate should apply.
The main economics PhD requirements are that a student pass qualifying exams in microeconomics, macroeconomics, econometrics, and select courses of specialization, and prepare an acceptable dissertation.
Detailed descriptions of the PhD program are available on the Internet at the department website at http://economics.ucsd.edu/. Residence and other campuswide regulations are described in the graduate studies section of this catalog.
Departmental PhD Time Limit Policies
Students must be advanced to candidacy by the end of five years. Total university support cannot exceed six years. Total registered time at UC San Diego cannot exceed seven years. Students will not be permitted to continue beyond the precandidacy and total registered time limits. Students will not be permitted to receive UC San Diego administered financial support beyond the support limit.
PhD in Economics with a Specialization in Interdisciplinary Environmental Research
A graduate specialization in Interdisciplinary Environmental Research (PIER) is available for select doctoral students in economics. PIER students seek solutions to today's environmental challenges.
The PhD specialization is designed to allow students to obtain standard training in their chosen field and an opportunity to interact with peers in different disciplines throughout the duration of their doctoral projects. Such communication across disciplines is key to fostering a capacity for interdisciplinary “language” skills and conceptual flexibility.
- Complete all course work, dissertation, and other requirements of the economics PhD
- 16-unit interdisciplinary boot camp (summer SIO 295S–295LS)
- 8 units from a secondary field (outside the home department)
- 6 units (3 quarters) Interdisciplinary Environmental Research Forum (SIO 296)
- At least one chapter of the dissertation will be broadly related to environmental research and will be interdisciplinary in nature.
We advise students to begin PIER in their third year upon completion of core economics course requirements. The following items should be combined into a single PDF document and submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Student’s CV
- Half-page abstract of proposed thesis work
- Up to one-page statement of student's interest in interdisciplinary environmental research including career goals.
- Nomination letter from adviser acknowledging student's academic ability and interdisciplinary environmental interest. The letter must include a commitment for summer stipend support.
Admission to the Specialization
Students are admitted into the economics doctoral program. Admission to PIER is a competitive process with 6–8 students granted admission each year from across ten participating UC San Diego departments. Selected applicants will have the opportunity to enroll in the specialization.
When funding is available, all applicants will be considered for one year of PIER Fellowship support.