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Graduate Student Handbook

Graduate Student Affairs Contact Information

Graduate Advising Contact Information
Please refer to STAFF OFFICE HOURS for Graduate Advising hours.
Mailing Address:

University of California, San Diego
Department of Economics 
9500 Gilman Drive #0508 
La Jolla, CA 92093-0508

Graduate Admissions


Graduate Program Coordinator 



Instructional Services Coordinator

Andrew Flores 
Social Sciences Research Building (SSRB), Rm. 164


Director of Student Affairs & Instructional Programs

Isaac Amad
Social Sciences Research Building (SSRB), Rm. 160

Vice Chair of Graduate Education

Dr. Prashant Bharadwaj
Economics Building, Rm. 318

Department Resources for Graduate Students

Resource List for Graduate Students

Listed are links to information regarding our Ph.D. program and general information for graduate students at UCSD.  We encourage students to consult the following resources.


Room Reservations

Rooms in the Economics and Sequoyah Hall buildings can be reserved by sending an email to Please read the department's policies and procedures for reserving a room. Information can be found on our website, under the Administration tab, Room Reservation section.

Campus Resources for Graduate Students



Non-Resident Change of Classification

Residence for Tuition Purposes Students are responsible for submitting a complete packet to include: all relevant information, requested documentation, written explanations, and clarifications to support an in-state residency request by the deadline. A deputy will not reach out to request missing documents.

International Students Social Security Application Process

Social Security Number

Social Security Number (SSN) is a 9-digit identification number, assigned by the U.S. government that is used for tax reporting purposes. It is NOT employment authorization.

In general, only noncitizens who have permission to work from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) can apply for a Social Security number (SSN).

A Social Security Number is for employment purposes only and is required for F-1 and J-1 students who will be earning money in the United States.

Social Security Card

TA and Reader Handbook

Teaching Assistant (TA) & Reader Handbook, 2018-19

Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD)

Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD)

The Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) at UC San Diego works with undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students with documented disabilities, reviewing documentation and, through an interactive process with the student, determining reasonable accommodations.  Disabilities can occur in the following areas: psychological, psychiatric, learning, attention, chronic health, physical, vision, hearing, and acquired brain injuries, and may occur at any time during a student’s college career.  We encourage you to contact the OSD as soon as you become aware of a condition that is disabling so that we can work with you.

The OSD also serves as a resource to UC San Diego faculty and staff who are providing accommodations to students in classrooms and labs across campus, and we have developed working relationships with other offices on campus to streamline services to students with disabilities.  The OSD welcomes opportunities to provide disability education to departments and programs, and to develop internal processes that better serve students with disabilities.

Finally, the OSD recognizes the unique challenges that some students with disabilities face, including student veterans, as disability impacts all areas of life (physical, mental, academic, and social).  We invite you to dialogue with us in a safe, confidential environment, and we look forward to hearing from you. 

Office for the Prevention of Harassment & Discrimination (OPHD)

Office for the Prevention of Harassment & Discrimination (OPHD)

About OPHD

The Office for the Prevention of Harassment & Discrimination (OPHD) provides assistance to students, faculty and staff regarding reports of bias, harassment and discrimination. Our mission is to educate the entire UC San Diego community about these issues and to assist with the prevention and resolution of these issues in a fair and responsible manner.

In collaboration with other UC San Diego resources, OPHD promotes an environment in which all members of the UC San Diego community can work, learn and live in an atmosphere free from all forms of bias, harassment and discrimination.

What OPHD does

  • Works to resolve complaints of discrimination and harassment through formal investigation or alternative resolution.
  • Explains and clarifies university policies and procedures regarding discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct and retaliation.
  • Collaborates with other UC San Diego offices in resolving complaints.
  • Offers a variety of training programs and workshops in the prevention of sexual violence, sexual harassment and all forms of discrimination for students, faculty and staff.


The most effective way to prevent harassment or discrimination and promote respectful interactions is through education. OPHD provides educational programs and information designed specifically for faculty, staff and students. Contact us to inquire about a program for your group or department.

To learn more about mandatory training, visit the Mandatory Sexual Harassment Prevention Training page or the OPHD website.

Responsible employees

Any university employee who is not a confidential resource and who receives, in the course of employment, information that prohibited conduct or retaliation has occurred, shall promptly notify the Title IX Office (OPHD). This includes:

  • UC Police Department
  • Human Resources Administrators
  • Academic Personnel Services
  • Title IX Professionals
  • Managers and Supervisors, including Deans, Department Chairs and Directors of Organized Research Units
  • Resident Advisors
  • Faculty Members
  • Graduate Teaching Assistants
  • All other student employees, when disclosures are made to any of them in their capacities as employees

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

Counseling and Psychological Services

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) has been an integral member of the UCSD community since the late 1960's. We are accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS). Our integrative and student-centered services are designed to support students towards their academic success and personal development and well-being while at UC San Diego. To this end we deliver:

    • High quality, culturally-sensitive, and confidential counseling services, including individual, couples, family and group counseling, crisis/urgent care interventions, and referral services FREE of charge.
    • Psychiatric services and consultation.
    • Psycho-educational workshops and drop-in forums grounded on the latest science of optimal well-being and peak performance to support students in their life and leadership skills acquisition.
    • A Wellness Peer Education Program, nationally recognized as a model of best practice for empowering students to develop leadership and helping skills.
    • Campus mental health and prevention programming focused on stigma-discrimination reduction and community-building.
    • Student mentoring and advocacy.
    • Outreach and consultation services to faculty, staff and University administrators.
    • An APPIC-approved post-doctoral fellowship training program.

Registered undergraduate, graduate and professional school students are welcome for all these services. During the summer, students who were enrolled the previous Spring quarter and are intending to return in the Fall quarter are eligible for services.

When to Use CAPS:

Students also consult with us about a variety of more specific personal, academic and relationship problems. No problem or concern is too big or small. Common issues students bring to CAPS are (but not limited to):

  • Depression and suicidal thoughts
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Poor academic performance and stud skills
  • Roommate conflicts
  • Homesickness and difficulty adjusting to the university
  • Disappointing social relationships
  • Alcohol and other substance use and abuse
  • Difficulty in love relationships
  • Loneliness and isolation
  • Eating and body image problems
  • Depression and suicidal thoughts
  • Cultural identity
  • Sexuality and sexual identity
  • Family conflict
  • Grief and loss

To schedule a counseling appointment, please call (858) 534-3755. For more information about appointments, please visit our Appointments page.


UC San Diego Office of the Registrar: Understanding and Complying with FERPA
Faculty, Staff, and Student Employees may be required to complete various compliance and required training based on their role with the University. Based on your requirements, automated assignment emails and reminders will be sent from the UC Learning Center with information about the required course and the due date for completing the training.
The university is legally and ethically obligated to protect the confidentiality of student records.To be granted access to student records, you must complete the FERPA - Confidentiality of Student Records and Privacy Rights course, which provides basic FERPA information for UC San Diego faculty and staff.

To complete this course:

  • Go to
  • Log in with your Single Sign-On username and password (Health Science/Health System employees, please select “Active Directory” from the drop down menu on the login page)
  • Search by title or use keyword FERPA to locate this course.
  • Click green Start button next to the FERPA - Confidentiality of Student Records and Privacy Rights training.

What is FERPA?
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, sets forth requirements regarding the rights of students and the obligations of institutions to ensure the privacy and accuracy of education records. The Act applies to all institutions that receive federal funds administered by the U.S. Secretary of Education (financial aid, veteran’s benefits, grants, etc.). Institutions found to be in violation could have these federal funds withheld. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), UCSD PPM 160-2, and UC policy 130.00 restrict the disclosure of information from student records. With electronic media prevalent and public scrutiny high, students expect the University to protect their privacy, which is prescribed with these laws and policies.

Click here to find more information on:

  • Who has FERPA rights?
  • What rights does FERPA afford students with respect to their education records?
  • What are education records?
  • What are not education records?
  • Who may obtain or have access to a student's education record?
  • How can students consent to disclosure of information?
  • What is Directory Information?
  • How do students request non-disclousre of directory infromation?
  • How do faculty and staff know if a student has restricted information?
  • How to avoid inadvertently disclosing information from student records?


Sexual Violence Prevention and Response

Sexual Violence Prevention and Response

Preventing and responding to sexual violence — including sexual assault, dating/domestic violence and stalking — is one of UC San Diego’s top priorities. This website provides the university community with information about how to get and give help, how to report, your responsibilities as a member of the community, and steps UC San Diego is taking to address sexual violence on campus and at work.


UC's Policy on Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment

The University of California is committed to creating and maintaining a community dedicated to the advancement, application and transmission of knowledge and creative endeavors through academic excellence, where all individuals who participate in University programs and activities can work and learn together in an atmosphere free of harassment, exploitation, or intimidation. Every member of the community should be aware that the University prohibits sexual violence and sexual harassment, retaliation, and other prohibited behavior (“Prohibited Conduct”) that violates law and/or University policy. The University will respond promptly and effectively to reports of Prohibited Conduct  and will take appropriate action to prevent, to correct, and when necessary, to discipline behavior that violates this Policy on Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment (hereafter  referred to as Policy).

This Policy addresses the University of California’s responsibilities and procedures related to Prohibited Conduct in order to ensure an equitable and inclusive education and employment environment free of sexual violence and sexual harassment. The Policy defines conduct prohibited by the University of California and explains the administrative procedures the University uses to resolve reports of Prohibited Conduct.

Click here to read more on this Policy.

Academic Integrity

Academic Integrity

Promoting and supporting a culture of academic integrity in order to reinforce quality teaching and learning at UC San Diego.

Student Conduct Code

Student Conduct Code 22.00

The UC San Diego community includes students, staff, faculty, and others who have a vested interest in the University. Members of our community, part of the larger University of California community, pride themselves on academic, personal, and professional excellence and value integrity, accountability, and respect. This Student Conduct Code underscores the pride and the values that define our community while providing UC San Diego students with a framework to guide their actions and behaviors.

UC San Diego's Principles of Community further illustrate the expectations of all members of our community. In accordance with these Principles, the community supports student development and learning across the UC San Diego campus, six undergraduate colleges, and graduate/professional schools.

We also recognize the impact our unique college structure has in blending the strengths of a small college with the resources and opportunities of a large research university. This structure allows students, faculty, and staff to positively impact both the individual college and greater University communities.

This Code sets forth the applicable standards of our community and authorizes the administration of student conduct at UC San Diego. All participants involved with the student conduct process are encouraged to reflect upon their roles in the community and seek out opportunities for personal growth and development. It is an aspiration that students involved in this process will strengthen their competencies in communication, relationships, leadership, critical thinking, and active citizenship.

By adapting or inserting the actual language of the Policy on Student Conduct and Discipline (Section 100.00) of the University of California Policies Applying to Campus Activities, Organizations and Students, this Code remains consistent with the system wide Policy. The complete Policy can be found at UCOP's website.

Department's Climate Statement

Climate Statement

The Department of Economics is dedicated to creating a climate that promotes scholarship, teaching and service, in which all students, staff, researchers and faculty are supported and nurtured.

Department members commit to fostering an environment that:

  • Is free of discrimination based on race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion, and political beliefs.
  • Is conducive to pursuing research in a healthy and supportive culture that fosters the free and respectful exchange of ideas from diverse intellectual and individual perspectives within the bounds of courtesy, sensitivity, and respect.
  • Is free of abusive or demeaning treatment.
  • Respects and celebrates diverse and opposing views, and fosters understanding and tolerance among individuals and groups.
  • Is committed to the enforcement of policies that promote the fulfillment of these ideals.

We commit to upholding UC San Diego’s Principles of Community and expect that members of our Department will adhere to these standards.

As such, we are taking steps to build a new infrastructure in which all members of the Department and the community will feel supported, know the relevant UC policies regarding sexual harassment and abuses of power, and know what resources are available to support complainants.

The Department will take all reports seriously. Not understanding the rules is not a defense for engaging in any of the proscribed behaviors. The following department members are available to discuss any concerns about the environment in our department:

Graham Elliott – Chair

Melissa Famulari – VC of Undergraduate Education

Prashant Bharadwaj – VC of Graduate Education

Sue King – Management Services Officer

TBA – Director of Student Affairs

These campus resources can provide help, support, or simply answer questions:

  • CARE at the Sexual Assault Resource Center is the UC San Diego confidential advocacy and education office for sexual harassment, sexual violence and gender-based violence (dating violence, domestic violence, stalking).  
  • Counseling and Psychology Services (CAPS) provides FREE, confidential, psychological counseling and crisis services for registered UCSD students.   
  • Office of the Ombuds is an alternate channel for confidential, neutral, and informal dispute resolution services for the UC San Diego Community.”
  • Office for the Prevention of Harassment & Discrimination (OPHD) works to resolve complaints of discrimination and harassment through formal investigation or alternative resolution. 
  • Faculty and staff can contact the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) a confidential service designed to help all campus employees and the members of their immediate household resolve concerns that may be affecting personal well-being and/or job performance.
  • The office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion strives to create a campus climate of respect, fairness and cooperation, promoting innovation and leadership by engaging the talents and abilities of all.

Violations of policy reported to the department trigger obligatory reporting to campus. Even so, information within such reports will only be provided on a need-to-know basis. If a higher level of confidentiality is desired, complainants should consider first contacting CARE, CAPS or the office of the Ombuds for advice (see above, and contact each office for more specific information about confidentiality). When legal and University regulations require referral of reports of potential violations, the reporter will be notified that such a disclosure is being made, and why.

Complainants can expect:

  • To be heard with respect and sympathy.
  • To have violations of policy reported to campus authorities for action when legal and university regulations require such action.
  • That information provided directly to the Office of the Ombuds, to CAPS, or to CARE can be kept in confidence.
  • To understand what the next steps are.
  • To be asked whether they would like follow-up contact from the person they are speaking with, if allowable by university policy.

Principles of Community

UC San Diego Principles of Community

Principles of Community: The University of California, San Diego is dedicated to learning, teaching, and serving society through education, research, and public service. Our international reputation for excellence is due in large part to the cooperative and entrepreneurial nature of the UC San Diego community. UC San Diego faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to be creative and are rewarded for individual as well as collaborative achievements.

To foster the best possible working and learning environment, UC San Diego strives to maintain a climate of fairness, cooperation, and professionalism. These principles of community are vital to the success of the University and the well being of its constituents. UC San Diego faculty, staff, and students are expected to practice these basic principles as individuals and in groups.

  • We value each member of the UC San Diego community for his or her individual and unique talents, and applaud all efforts to enhance the quality of campus life. We recognize that each individual's effort is vital to achieving the goals of the University.
  • We affirm each individual's right to dignity and strive to maintain a climate of justice marked by mutual respect for each other.
  • We value the cultural diversity of UC San Diego because it enriches our lives and the University. We celebrate this diversity and support respect for all cultures, by both individuals and the University as a whole.
  • We are a university that adapts responsibly to cultural differences among the faculty, staff, students, and community.
  • We acknowledge that our society carries historical and divisive biases based on race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion, and political beliefs. Therefore, we seek to foster understanding and tolerance among individuals and groups, and we promote awareness through education and constructive strategies for resolving conflict.
  • We reject acts of discrimination based on race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion, and political beliefs, and, we will confront and appropriately respond to such acts.
  • We affirm the right to freedom of expression at UC San Diego. We promote open expression of our individuality and our diversity within the bounds of courtesy, sensitivity, confidentiality, and respect.
  • We are committed to the highest standards of civility and decency toward all. We are committed to promoting and supporting a community where all people can work and learn together in an atmosphere free of abusive or demeaning treatment.
  • We are committed to the enforcement of policies that promote the fulfillment of these principles.

We represent diverse races, creeds, cultures, and social affiliations coming together for the good of the University and those communities we serve. By working together as members of the UC San Diego community, we can enhance the excellence of our institution.

These policies include but are not limited to Academic Personnel M015 – The University of California Policy on Faculty Conduct and the Administration of Discipline; The University of California Personnel Policies for Staff Members and UC San Diego Implementing Procedures, Appendix II – Personnel Policies for Senior Managers; the University of California, San Diego Student Conduct Code; UC San Diego House Officer Policy and Procedure Document; and applicable university collective bargaining agreements. For further information or inquiries, contact the Director of the Office of Academic Diversity and Equal Opportunity, the Director of ACCES and the office of Equal Opportunity/Staff Affirmative Action, and/or the Director of the Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination. To the extent that any information presented in this document is interpreted as being in conflict with University policies, procedures, or applicable collective bargaining agreements the terms of those University policies, procedures, and agreements shall govern.


The information on this page summarizes provisions of university policies and/or collective bargaining agreements. Refer to the Personnel Policies for Staff Members (PPSM) or applicable collective bargaining agreementfor full text of referenced information.

Computing Resources

UCSD Division of Social Sciences Graduate Student Computing Resources

Welcome to UCSD and the Division of Social Sciences (DSS). This document is intended to help you take advantage of the computer resources available to you on campus.

Computer support for DSS grads is provided by the Social Science Computing Facility (SSCF).  We are located on the 1st floor of Social Sciences Building in SSB 142. The preferred method of contact is through our online helpdesk ticket system. To generate a ticket, email The helpdesk is available Monday – Friday from 8 am to 4:30 pm and can be reached at 858-246-2734.

SSCF will support DSS Grad students in the following areas:

Setup of new machines Research Computing Antivirus
Internet connectivity Email Support General Troubleshooting


Changing PasswordsSSCF will not provide any assistance with IT issues related to illegal file sharing, pirated software, computer games, and legacy (discontinued) software. "Unsupported" services may be supported by migrating the user to a "supported" solution. Out-dated machines will not be supported. If for whatever reason SSCF cannot accommodate a user’s request, they will be referred to the appropriate on-campus support group.

Registering for a User Account and Email address
The Office of Graduate Studies (OGS) should have already contacted you via email with instructions on how to self-register for a UCSD username and email address.  If you have not already created your email account, please follow the instructions at

Your campus username exists on several different systems that sometimes do not share passwords.  In order to change all of your passwords at once, go to

Checking Email
The easiest method of checking your UCSD email account is through Gmail. The first time you log in to Gmail should be done at, after that you can treat it as another Gmail profile.  If you would prefer to connect to your mailbox via a 3rd party email client such as Outlook or Mac Mail, tutorials can be found at Note: If your email client is under the Exchange section, use the Exchange tutorials.

Email Vacation/Away messages   
You can enable/disable your away message through the webmail at Gmail
In the upper right select the gear icon > Settings> Vacation Responder

Connecting to the Internet on Campus

Wired/Ethernet:  If you are bringing a computer to campus for the first time, you will need to register the machine with SSCF in order to use the Ethernet jack in your office.  Please send us a helpdesk ticket at to schedule an appointment with one of our technicians. 

In order for us to register your computer for use on the campus network, it must have the latest operating system patches installed, an updated Anti-Virus program, and a working firewall to meet the UCSD Minimum Network Connection Standards.  If your machine does not meet these standards it may take additional time for SSCF to apply patches, install Anti-Virus software, and enable firewalls. 

Wireless: You will find two different wireless networks here on campus UCSD-GUEST and UCSD-PROTECTED.  

UCSD-GUEST is an unsecured wireless network intended for temporary web access.  Once you join this network, you will be prompted to enter your email address once a day as a means of registration.  This network does not allow access to Library resources and does not allow the use of stand-alone mail clients (Outlook, Macmail).  

UCSD-PROTECTED is a secure/encrypted wireless network that should be your first choice when connecting to the internet wirelessly.  The following link includes instructions for connecting several different systems (Mac, Unix, PC) to this network:  If you need assistance with connecting, feel free to contact us at

Research Computing

SSCF offers a number of resources to help faculty and grad students meet their research computing needs. First among these is the SSRDE computing cluster, which lets you submit batch jobs to several different computing queues; options include expanded memory (RAM), GPU compute nodes, and a CPU specialized for single-threaded jobs. SSRDE supports a number of programming languages including Python, Matlab, R, Java, C and C++, and Fortran; although due to the way Stata is licensed, it’s important to note it cannot run Stata jobs.

A quickstart tutorial on using SSRDE, written by SSCF director Tom, can be found here:

SSRDE is a good general-purpose computing cluster, but it might not meet your specific needs. SSCF does support a wide variety of research infrastructures across the Division, though, and can often arrange for individualized solutions for your computing needs. If you have a research project that you don’t think SSRDE is a good fit for -- or even if you aren’t sure and would like advice on how to proceed -- please don’t hesitate to email, and we’ll be glad to worth with you have the resources you need to complete your project.

Computer Labs
The PC labs in Econ 304 and Econ 304-A are ACMS restricted labs and are NOT administered by SSCF. All technical support for these labs is provided by ACMS who can be reached at x64357. Access codes to the combo locks for these labs are distributed by your department.

If you require delivery and setup of a projector or any A/V equipment, Campus Media Services provides these services for a fee.

Accessing Library Resources from off campus
Most of the UCSD Library e-journals and databases are restricted so that only current UCSD faculty, staff, and students can use them from on-campus. In order to access to these resources from an off-campus computer, SSCF recommends using the campus VPN service through the Cisco AnyConnect Client. Instructions for downloading the client can be found here:

Software Purchase

For individual software purchases it is strongly suggested that buyers use the UCSD Bookstore.  ACMS Software Distribution also offers a wide variety of software. The software must be purchased using an Index number and is only available to Faculty, Staff, and Grads.


Personal Websites

  1. Set up a user account for your personal website. Use your AD credentials (what you use for UCSD email). Select 'acsweb' for the server.
  2. Download the Grad templates and instructions for personal website.
  3. If you do not have .html editing software or an FTP client please download the free WinSCP FTP client.
  4. Open the Instructions PDF (within the templates download from step 2). Follow step by step instructions for modifying your templates. If you have .html editing software, open the templates with that software.
  5. Contact if you need assistance with the templates.
  6. Contact ETS if you need assistance with the site itself (server/access/setup issues).
  7. Contact when your page is ready and we can link it to the Econ website/add it to the directory listing.

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