First-Year Students

Students begin their studies in the UC Davis Ph.D. Program in Economics with a core sequence of first year classes.


  • Core First-Year Sequence

    The core first-year sequence in the Graduate Program encompasses microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics, followed by three elective fields chosen from among nine topic areas: advanced economic theory; advanced macroeconomics; econometrics; economic development; economic history; industrial organization; international economics; labor economics; and public economics.

  • Financial Aid

    Some limited forms of financial aid assistance are available for first-year students. In subsequent years some students receive fellowships or work as research assistants, while the majority work as teaching assistants. At UC Davis, teaching assistants do not teach their own classes. Instead, they support faculty in teaching by holding discussion sections, staffing office hours and grading student assignments.