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PhD in Economics

The doctoral in economics program is designed to equip the student for professional research in two or more of the complementary areas of concentration offered by the department. A doctorate in economics will also qualify one for university, government, or industry positions.  Graduate students in economics must complete, or have previously completed, course work that satisfies the PhD prerequisite courses listed on the Application Information webpage.

During the first year, a foundation in economic theory and the basic quantitative and mathematical tools necessary for professional research is given. Written qualifying examinations are taken following completion of the micro-theory sequence (ECON 5020 and ECON 5120) and the econometrics sequence (ECON 5350 and ECON 5360) to determine whether the student is prepared to continue study at the doctoral level.  For a complete list of the program's courses, click here.

During the second or third year, one selects two areas of concentration from the following four areas: environmental and resource economics, industrial organization, international trade and development, and financial economics. Two graduate seminars must be taken in each area of concentration. One also needs to take an additional econometrics course (ECON 5370), a course in macroeconomics (ECON 5010), economic dynamics (ECON 5130), game theory (ECON 5300), and a grad elective. Additional courses in related areas of economics and courses necessary for research are taken in consultation with faculty members in the selected areas of concentration.

Sample Program- PhD in Economics

Year 1
Fall Semester
Spring Semester Summer
ECON 5350 Econometrics I  ECON 5360 Econometrics II Econometrics Exam
ECON 5020 Micro Analysis I ECON 5120 Micro II Micro Theory Exam
ECON 5330 Mathematical Econ ECON 5130 Dynamics  
Year 2
Fall Semester
Spring Semester
ECON 5010 Macro Analysis I  ECON 5300 Game Theory
ECON 5370 Econometrics III Field #1 Seminar
Field #1 Seminar Grad Elective  
Year 3
Fall Semester
Spring Semester
Field #2 Seminar Field #2 Seminar
Dissertation Credit (3) Dissertation Credits (9)
Dissertation Proposal Defense  
Year 4
Fall Semester
Spring Semester
Dissertation Credit (9) Dissertation Credit (9)
Dissertation Defense

During the third year in the doctorate in economics program, one is expected to complete course work, choose a dissertation area, and select a major professor and a committee in consultation with that professor. These faculty members will supervise and evaluate the dissertation. The dissertation committee gives an oral examination based on the dissertation proposal, which constitutes the preliminary exam for degree candidacy. We expect students to have passed both field exams and received committee approval of their dissertation proposal before entering the second semester of their fourth year.

During the third year and beyond, the majority of time is devoted to dissertation research. One may also take a limited number of courses and teach or assist in faculty research projects. Following successful completion of the dissertation, the student will present an oral defense to the committee. This completes the requirements for the doctor of philosophy degree.

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