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Introduction

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The Department of Economics offers graduate work leading to a Doctor of Philosophy degree. The candidate for an advanced degree may specialize in the following fields: development economics, econometrics, industrial organization, international economics, labor economics (which includes health and human resource economics), macroeconomics, microeconomics and public economics. This list may be modified with the composition of the faculty.

Our program of study and its requirements are summarized below. Please note that 4 hours of coursework corresponds to a typical graduate level course.

For students entering the program in 2011-2012 academic year or later

REQUIRED COURSES/EXAMS REQUIREMENT
Macroeconomic theory 8 hrs
Microeconomic theory 8 hrs
Statistics and econometrics 8 hrs
Field electives* 24 hrs
Workshop and research seminar 16 hrs
Thesis Hours Required (min/max applied toward degree): 32 hrs
Total Hours 96 hrs
Other Requirements: Research paper must be submitted prior to the start of the third year of study and be approved by the end of the third year.
Minimum GPA: 3.0 (except as noted above)
Masters Degree Required for Admission to PhD? No
Qualifying Exam Required** Yes
Preliminary Exam Required Yes
Final Exam/Dissertation Defense Required*** Yes
Dissertation Deposit Required Yes
Total number of years 5 years

Optional: A not-for-credit Math Camp after campus orientation, consisting of 12 hours of instruction.

* Candidates must also successfully complete two fields through coursework and/or a written examination. A research paper must be submitted prior to the start of the third year and approved prior to the end of that year. Students who fail to meet these deadlines will have reduced financial support and be placed on academic probation. Unless they return to good standing by satisfying the requirement, they will be dropped from the program at the end of the following semester.

** Students must pass comprehensive qualifying examinations on Econometrics, Macroeconomics and Microeconomics. Those who fail the comprehensive examinations will have a 2nd chance in the start of the fall semester and a 3rd chance at the end of the fourth semester (in this 3rd chance students will take the exams with the first year students of the next cohort). Students who have failed the 3rd chance will not be allowed to register
for the following year. Upon meeting course and GPA requirements, students will be eligible to receive a master's degree in Economics, provided they have not previously received such a degree from another institution. (For more information, click here. )

*** A dissertation is also required. In addition, candidates are required to give an oral defense of the dissertation proposal and pass an oral final examination covering the research.

For students who entered the program prior to 2011-2012 academic year

REQUIRED COURSES/EXAMS REQUIREMENT
Mathematics for economists 4 hrs
Macroeconomic theory 8 hrs
Microeconomic theory 12 hrs
Statistics and econometrics 12 hrs
Field electives* 24 hrs
Workshop and research seminar 4 hrs
Thesis Hours Required (min/max applied toward degree): 32 hrs
Total Hours 96 hrs
Other Requirements: Candidates must maintain a grade-point average of B+ in required micro, macro, and  econometrics work
Minimum GPA: 3.0 (except as noted above)
Masters Degree Required for Admission to PhD? No
Qualifying Exam Required No
Preliminary Exam Required Yes
Final Exam/Dissertation Defense Required** Yes
Dissertation Deposit Required Yes
Total number of years*** 5 years

* Candidates must successfully complete two fields through course work and/or a written examination in addition to 2 field elective courses. The detail of field requirement can be found here.

** Candidates are required to give an oral defense of the thesis proposal and pass an oral final examination covering the research.

*** A student with an appropriate background in economics and mathematics who devotes full time study to graduate work can complete the PhD degree in five years beyond the bachelor's degree. An additional year is more common, especially for those holding part-time assistantships. Students in the Ph.D. program may earn a master's degree as they work toward the Ph.D. degree. More details can be found here.

See "Applications" section for an instruction on how to apply to the program.