Following the campus guidelines for Coronavirus all UC Davis classes, lectures, seminars, labs and discussion sections will move to virtual instruction and remain virtual through the end of fall quarter 2020, including final exams. Given this, the department’s administrative functions have moved to remote work conditions. To contact staff members of the department via e-mail or phone, please go to our administrative staff contact page. 

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.