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Economics at University of California - San Diego

Economics is one of the majors in the social sciences program at University of California - San Diego.

We've pulled together some essential information you should know about the program, including how many students graduate each year, the ethnic diversity of these students, average starting salaries, and more. Also, learn how UCSD ranks among other schools offering degrees in economics.

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UCSD Economics Rankings

UCSD is in the top 10% of the country for economics. More specifically it was ranked #42 out of 499 schools by College Factual. It is also ranked #8 in California.

Ranking Type Rank
Best Value Doctor’s Degree Colleges for Economics (With Aid) 11
Best Value Bachelor’s Degree Colleges for Economics (With Aid) 13
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Best Value Master’s Degree Colleges for Economics (With Aid) 16
24
Best Value Doctor’s Degree Colleges for Economics (Income $75-$110k) 24
Best Value Doctor’s Degree Colleges for Economics 25
Best Value Master’s Degree Colleges for Economics (Income $48-$75k) 26
Best Value Doctor’s Degree Colleges for Economics (Income Over $110k) 27
Best Value Doctor’s Degree Colleges for Economics (Income $30-$48k) 28
Best Value Doctor’s Degree Colleges for Economics (Income $48-$75k) 29
Best Value Master’s Degree Colleges for Economics (Income $75-$110k) 30
Best Value Master’s Degree Colleges for Economics (Income $30-$48k) 30
Best Value Master’s Degree Colleges for Economics (Income $0-$30k) 31
Best Economics Master’s Degree Schools 32
Best Value Doctor’s Degree Colleges for Economics (Income $0-$30k) 33
Best Value Master’s Degree Colleges for Economics (Income Over $110k) 34
Best Value Bachelor’s Degree Colleges for Economics (Income Over $110k) 36
Best Economics Doctor’s Degree Schools 37
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Best Value Bachelor’s Degree Colleges for Economics (Income $75-$110k) 40
Best Economics Bachelor’s Degree Schools 41
Best Value Bachelor’s Degree Colleges for Economics (Income $48-$75k) 41
Best Value Master’s Degree Colleges for Economics 45
Best Value Bachelor’s Degree Colleges for Economics (Income $30-$48k) 45
Highest Paid Master’s Degree Economics Graduates 46
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Best Value Bachelor’s Degree Colleges for Economics (Income $0-$30k) 51
Highest Paid Doctor’s Degree Economics Graduates 82
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Best Value Bachelor’s Degree Colleges for Economics 277
Highest Paid Bachelor’s Degree Economics Graduates 326

Popularity of Economics at UCSD

During the 2020-2021 academic year, University of California - San Diego handed out 436 bachelor's degrees in economics. Due to this, the school was ranked #14 in popularity out of all colleges and universities that offer this degree. This is an increase of 8% over the previous year when 403 degrees were handed out.

In 2021, 27 students received their master’s degree in economics from UCSD. This makes it the #47 most popular school for economics master’s degree candidates in the country.

In addition, 17 students received their doctoral degrees in economics in 2021, making the school the #24 most popular school in the United States for this category of students.

How Much Do Economics Graduates from UCSD Make?

Salary of Economics Graduates with a Bachelor's Degree

Economics majors who earn their bachelor's degree from UCSD go on to jobs where they make a median salary of $42,370 a year. This is less than $45,868, which is the national median of all economics majors in the nation who earn bachelor's degrees.

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How Much Student Debt Do Economics Graduates from UCSD Have?

Student Debt of Economics Graduates with a Bachelor's Degree

While getting their bachelor's degree at UCSD, economics students borrow a median amount of $15,000 in student loans. This is not too bad considering that the median debt load of all economics bachelor's degree recipients across the country is $22,987.

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The typical student loan payment of a bachelor's degree student from the economics program at UCSD is $343 per month.

Economics Student Diversity at UCSD

Take a look at the following statistics related to the make-up of the economics majors at University of California - San Diego.

UCSD Economics Bachelor’s Program

Of the 436 economics students who graduated with a bachelor's degree in 2020-2021 from UCSD, about 62% were men and 38% were women.

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The following table and chart show the ethnic background for students who recently graduated from University of California - San Diego with a bachelor's in economics.

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Ethnic Background Number of Students
Asian 130
Black or African American 3
Hispanic or Latino 36
White 52
Non-Resident Aliens 204
Other Races 11

UCSD Economics Master’s Program

Of the 27 students who graduated with a Master’s in economics from UCSD in 2021, 52% were men and 48% were women.

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The following table and chart show the ethnic background for students who recently graduated from University of California - San Diego with a master's in economics.

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Ethnic Background Number of Students
Asian 8
Black or African American 0
Hispanic or Latino 0
White 11
Non-Resident Aliens 6
Other Races 2

Majors Similar to Economics

Related Major Annual Graduates
Political Science & Government 469
Sociology 161
International Relations & National Security 108
Anthropology 91
Other Social Sciences 57

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