PhD Program Requirements

Course Requirements

The Economics Department requires that students take 90 hours of course work, in four-hour courses.  While it is not the purpose of this note to reiterate the entire course catalogue, we wish to touch on the basics. 

 There are four major categories of course requirements.

 1. Theory and Methods – 36 hours

  • Economics 7020, 7021 -  Fundamentals of Economic Analysis
  • Economics 7000, 7010  Microeconomics 1 and 2
  • Economics 7050, 7060  Macroeconomics 1 and 2
  • Economics 7100, 7110, 7120 - Econometrics 1, 2, and 3                             

 2. Field Course Sequences – students must take two sequences of two courses (8 hours each) – 16 hours

At least two of these sequences meet every academic year.  In 2013-2014, we are offering the International, Labor, and Health sequences.

  • Economics 7200, 7210  Industrial Organization
  • Economics 7300, 7310  International Trade and Finance
  • Economics 7400, 7410  Labor and Human Resources
  • Economics 7550, 7560  Health Economics
  • Economics 7700, 7710  Advanced Macroeconomics

 3. Other Courses – 8 hours

Any other courses in the Economics Department at the 6000 level or above are acceptable, subject to the approval of the Director of Graduate Studies

4. Dissertation Candidacy – 30 hours

  • Economics 9991 – 9994 - Each course constitutes a full term of credit for 7.5 credit hours.

Qualifying exams

In addition to maintaining at least a 3.0 average in all courses, students must take and pass four-hour exams in microeconomics, macroeconomics, and in two of the five fields (industrial organization, international trade and finance, labor and human resources, health economics, advanced macroeconomics).

Dissertation

The doctoral dissertation consists of original research in economic theory, methods, and applications.  It usually takes 18 to 24 months after the student has entered dissertation candidacy.

For further details see the Degree Requirements section in the Ph.D. Program Policy and Procedures document.

 

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