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Economics | PhD Program

PhD in Economics

Degree Requirements

  • 51 credit hours of approved graduate course work. With the permission of the program director and in accordance with university academic regulations, a maximum of up to 6 credit hours may be applied to the PhD program as transfer credit.
  • Field Requirement: Students must take a major field and a minor field. Completing a major field requires grades of B- or better in two designated field courses from the list below and satisfactory completion of a written comprehensive examination. Completing a minor field requires grades of B or better in two designated field courses from the list below or two other related courses approved by the program director PhD advisor. No course may be applied to two different fields, nor to satsify both a field and another course requirement.
  • Three written comprehensive examinations: Preliminary theory: ECON-802 and ECON-803 must be completed before taking the examination Advanced theory (one of the following): Microeconomics: ECON-810 and ECON-813 must be completed before taking the examination
    Macroeconomics: ECON-811 and ECON-812 must be completed before taking the examination
    Heterodox: ECON-810 and ECON-811 must be completed before taking the examination One field comprehensive
  • ECON-897 Doctoral Dissertation Seminar: Students must attend the dissertation seminar in their third year, or when they begin working on their dissertation proposal. Students complete 3-12 credit hours of ECON-897, which must be taken pass/fail, while they complete their dissertation proposals and prepare dissertations.
  • Defense of dissertation proposal: Subject to applicable university academic regulations, the student obtains approval for the dissertation topic from an interested and eligible faculty member in the field who then becomes chair of the dissertation committee. The student must submit the dissertation committee for approval before the oral defense of the proposal. Students must successfully present and defend a dissertation proposal to an approved dissertation committee by the end of the fourth year.
  • Dissertation and oral comprehensive: When the actual dissertation is nearly finished, an oral defense of the complete draft dissertation is held. Final approval of the dissertation depends on satisfactory completion of any changes required by the committee members following the oral defense. Dissertations are subject to all applicable university regulations.

Tracks

Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, or  Heterodox Economics 


Course Requirements

Core Doctoral Courses (24 credit hours)

  • ECON-618 Economic History of Europe and the World (3)or ECON-619 U.S. Economic History (3)
  • ECON-620 Economic Thought (3)
  • ECON-802 Macroeconomic Analysis I (3)
  • ECON-803 Microeconomic Analysis I (3)
  • ECON-805 Mathematical Economic Analysis (3)
  • ECON-823 EconometricMethods (3)
  • ECON-824 Advanced EconometricMethods (3)
  • ECON-882 Seminar in Empirical Macroeconomics (3) or ECON-883 Seminar in Empirical Microeconomics (3)

Advanced Theory Courses (9 credit hours)

Complete one of the following three tracks:

Advanced Microeconomics Track 

  • ECON-810 Micro Political Economy I (3) 
  • ECON-811 Macro Political Economy II (3) or ECON-812 Macroeconomic Analysis II (3) 
  • ECON-813 Microeconomic Analysis II (3)

Advanced Macroeconomics Track 

  • ECON-810 Micro Political Economy I (3) or ECON-813 Microeconomic Analysis II (3)
  • ECON-811Macro Political Economy II (3)
  • ECON-812 Macroeconomic Analysis II (3)

Advanced Heterodox Economics Track 

  • ECON-810 Micro Political Economy I (3)
  • ECON-811Macro Political Economy II (3)
  • ECON-813 Microeconomic Analysis II (3) or ECON-812 Macroeconomic Analysis II (3)

Fields (12 credit hours)

  • 6 credit hours must be completed with grades of B- or better in one of the fields below, followed by successful completion of a comprehensive exam; 6 additional credit hours must be completed with grades of B- or better in another of these fields or in an additional field approved by the PhD Advisor. These additional fields may include comparative economic systems, econometrics, industrial organization, and public finance. No course may be applied to two different fields, to satisfy both a field and a tool of research, or to satisfy both a field and a required seminar course.
Development Economics 
  • ECON-662 Development Microeconomics (3)
  • ECON-663 Development Macroeconomics (3)
Economic History 
  • ECON-618 Economic History of Europe and the World (3) or ECON-619 U.S. Economic History (3) 
  • ECON-778 Seminar in Economic History (3) 
  • For the Economic History field, students must take two courses in addition to the one (either ECON-618 or ECON-619) used to fulfill the Tool of Research requirement.
Gender Economics 
  • ECON-674 Gender Perspectives on Economic Analysis: Microeconomics (3)
  • ECON-675 Gender Perspectives on Economic Analysis: Macroeconomics (3)
International Economics 
  •  ECON-671 International Economics: Trade (3) 
  •  ECON-672 International Economics: Finance (3) 
Labor Economics 
  •  ECON-673 Labor Economics (3) 
  •  ECON-672 Labor Economics II (3) 
Monetary Economics 
  •  ECON-630 Monetary Economics (3) 
  •  ECON-633 Financial Economics (3) 

Research Seminars (6 credit hours)

  • ECON-897 Doctoral Dissertation Seminar (3)
  • One other doctoral-level seminar approved by department