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Economics at University of California - Santa Barbara

If you are interested in studying economics, you may want to check out the program at University of California - Santa Barbara. The following information will help you decide if it is a good fit for you.

UCSB is located in Santa Barbara, California and approximately 25,057 students attend the school each year. Of the 6,327 students who graduated with a bachelor’s degree from University of California - Santa Barbara in 2019, 582 of them were economics majors.

Want to know more about the career opportunities in this field? Check out the Careers in Economics section at the bottom of this page.

UCSB Economics Degrees Available

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Economics
  • Master’s Degree in Economics
  • Doctorate Degree in Economics

UCSB Economics Rankings

The following rankings from College Factual show how the economics progam at UCSB compares to programs at other colleges and universities.

Note: Rankings don't always give a complete picture of a school's strengths and weaknesses, so it's a good idea to extend your research and also look at other factors when trying to decide if the school is right for you.

Bachelor’s Degree Overall Quality & Other Notable Rankings

In terms of overall quality, College Factual ranked the economics major at UCSB at 29 out of the 276 colleges and universities that were analyzed in the report. This puts the program in the top 15% of the nation. It is also ranked as the #6 school in California.

Ranking Type Rank
Most Popular Colleges for Economics 4
Best Economics Colleges for Non-Traditional Students 19
Best Colleges for Economics 29
Best Economics Colleges for Veterans 32
Highest Paid Economics Graduates 41
Best Value Colleges for Economics 68
Most Focused Colleges for Economics 71

In 2019, 12 students received their master’s degree in economics from UCSB. This makes it the #96 most popular school for economics master’s degree candidates in the country.

There were 5 students who received their doctoral degrees in economics, making the school the #83 most popular school in the United States for this category of students.

Earnings of UCSB Economics Graduates

The median salary of economics students who receive their bachelor's degree at UCSB is $59,200. This is 34% higher than $44,300, which is the national average for all economics bachelor's degree recipients.

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Economics Student Demographics at UCSB

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

UCSB Economics Bachelor’s Program

37% Women
43% Racial-Ethnic Minorities
In the 2018-2019 academic year, 582 students earned a bachelor's degree in economics from UCSB. About 37% of these graduates were women and the other 63% were men. The typical economics bachelor's degree program is made up of only 34% women. So female students are more repesented at UCSB since its program graduates 4% more women than average.

UCSB Gender Breakdown of Economics Bachelor's Degree Grads

Prospective students may be interested in knowing that this school graduates 13% more racial-ethnic minorities in its economics bachelor's program than the national average.*

The following table and chart show the race/ethnicity for students who recently graduated from University of California - Santa Barbara with a bachelor's in economics.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Economics Majors at University of California - Santa Barbara
Race/Ethnicity Number of Students
Asian 139
Black or African American 10
Hispanic or Latino 71
White 176
International Students 142
Other Races/Ethnicities 44

UCSB Economics Master’s Program

42% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities
During the 2018-2019 academic year, 12 students graduated with a master's degree in economics from UCSB. About 58% were men and 42% were women.

UCSB Gender Breakdown of Economics Master's Degree Grads

In the economics master's program at this school, racial-ethnic minorities make up 25% of degree recipients. That is 12% better than the national average.*

The following table and chart show the race/ethnicity for students who recently graduated from University of California - Santa Barbara with a master's in economics.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Economics Majors at University of California - Santa Barbara
Race/Ethnicity Number of Students
Asian 3
Black or African American 0
Hispanic or Latino 0
White 2
International Students 7
Other Races/Ethnicities 0

UCSB also has a doctoral program available in economics. In 2019, 5 students graduated with a doctor's degree in this field.

Careers That Economics Grads May Go Into

A degree in economics can lead to the following careers. Since job numbers and average salaries can vary by geographic location, we have only included the numbers for CA, the home state for University of California - Santa Barbara.

Occupation Jobs in CA Average Salary in CA
Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 98,590 $78,090
Managers 66,300 $143,350
Economists 1,430 $124,430
Survey Researchers 780 $75,150
Economics Professors 700 $139,050

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*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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