UPDATE 8/04/2021: We have decided not to consider the GRE for the upcoming admission cycle that will be reviewed in late 2021/early 2022 (admits will then matriculate in Fall 2022). This is a temporary decision and we will update our GRE decision in summer 2022 for future admissions cycles. 

IMPORTANT: Please make sure to check the admissions timeline, all decisions will be communicated in early-to-mid-March. 

Recognizing the challenges to teaching and learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Economics adopted the following principle and policy for our graduate program. 

The Department of Economics evaluates applicants for admission to our graduate program holistically, meaning that we consider an applicant’s combination of personal accomplishments, letters of recommendation, personal statements, academic record, and test scores in making our admissions decisions. Such a review will take into account the significant disruptions of COVID-19 when reviewing students’ transcripts and other admissions materials from Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021. We understand that many institutions across the country instituted P/NP grading policies during that semester (including UC Berkeley). Thus, we will not penalize students for the adoption of P/NP and other grading options during this unprecedented period, whether the choices were made by institutions or by individual students. Our admissions evaluation will focus primarily on a student’s academic performance prior to this period, and if applicable, following this period.

Application Fee Waiver 

Alums of the American Economic Association Summer Training and Scholarship Program qualify, for more information please visit:

Fall 2021 Application Updates

Application Available September 15, 2021*
Deadline to submit Application December 1, 2021 at 8:59pm PT

The Department of Economics offers a Ph.D. degree.  There is no external, terminal program for the M.A. degree. 

The online application is available on the Graduate Division Home Page. This direct link to the Graduate Admissions Page has information on applying to Berkeley.

The Social Sciences Graduate Diversity Office provides helpful resources, links, and tools for successfully completing the graduate application.

* Updated as of 8/04/2021, application window will open on 9/15/2021.

***All applicants must apply online.

The online application and all supporting documents i.e., 3 letters of recommendation, official GRE Scores (not required for 2021/22 cycle- to matriculate in Fall 2022), and TOEFL or IELTS scores (if applicable) MUST be submitted via the online Graduate Admissions Application by Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at 8:59pm PST (Pacific Standard Time), and will not be accepted after the deadline. 

***Supporting materials (eg: transcripts, letters of recommendation, any test scores) may be sent through December 10, 2021.  CV updates may be sent in by December 15, 2021. 

Materials received after these two deadlines will not be considered. 

***Please do not send Fall/Winter 2021 grades. 

Late applications will not be considered after the December 1, 2021, 8:59pm (Pacific Time) deadline.

Incomplete applications will not be considered after December 31, 2021. 

Due to the volume of applications we have received, we will not be able to verify we have received individual application materials, please make sure to check your applications status via the application portal. Thank you.

Cost of Attendance for 2021-2022