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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 spring 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. 

Statement of Purpose & Personal History

What should I write in the Statement of Purpose and in the Personal History Statement?


The Statement of Purpose should explain why you want to earn a Ph.D. in Economics and describe the kind of work you hope to do professionally after earning your Ph.D. The Personal History Statement should discuss your own history and what led to your interest in economics. Be sure to include both of these statements in your online application. Do not skip either one of them, or your application will be permanently incomplete.