Ph.D. Degree Requirements
In addition to meeting general requirements, the Ph.D. candidate in economics must complete a minimum of 54 credit hours of course work, at least 48 of which must be in economics.
- All Ph.D. candidates must complete these core courses in economic theory and quantitative methods:
ECON 800 Optimization Techniques I
ECON 801 Microeconomics I
ECON 802 Microeconomics II
ECON 809 Optimization Techniques II
ECON 810 Macroeconomics I
ECON 811 Macroeconomics II
ECON 817 Econometrics I
ECON 818 Econometrics II
MATH 727 Probability Theory
MATH 728 Statistical Theory
- Course work beyond these required core courses is a matter of choice for the student in consultation with his or her graduate advisor. The graduate advisor develops a program to assist the student in specialized interests. Each program must include a sufficiently broad range of topics in economics to prepare the student for comprehensive examinations.
Ph.D. degree aspirants must pass written qualifying examinations in microeconomics and macroeconomics after completion of the core courses in these areas, ordinarily at the beginning of the fourth semester of full-time study. A student who does not pass a qualifying examination may be permitted one retake, ordinarily at the end of the fourth semester of full-time study
Fields of Specialization
Each student must demonstrate competence in at least 2 fields of specialization in economics by completing 2 courses in each of these areas. Current fields of specialization include financial economics, economic development, industrial organization, international economics, labor economics, econometrics, economic history, economic theory, and macroeconomics.
Seminar-Workshops and Responsible Scholarship
Beginning in the third year of the program, each student must enroll in ECON 910 and attend the weekly department seminars for 6 continuous semesters. Every doctoral student is required to have training in responsible scholarship pertinent to economics research. Each semester there will be one 90-minute seminar on this topic led by either a faculty member or a visiting speaker.
Each student must complete a third-year seminar paper. This would typically be in one of the fields of specialization. Usually the third-year paper becomes part of the student’s doctoral dissertation.
Comprehensive Oral Examination
Upon completion of most of the course work and other requirements for the doctoral degree, inclusive of research skills and residence requirements, the student must prepare a dissertation proposal under the direction of a thesis advisor and pass a comprehensive oral examination related to the dissertation proposal.
Following the comprehensive oral examinations, the candidate must organize and write a dissertation on his or her chosen topic under the supervision of a dissertation committee.
Final Oral Examination
The candidate must defend the dissertation successfully in a final oral examination.