PhD Degree Programs

Economics PhD Program Overview

As a student in our Ph.D. in economics program you will

  • study with faculty who are experts in their fields,
  • work with bright and capable students and
  • obtain a vast amount of knowledge of your field.

Our Ph.D. program is designed so the motivated student can make steady progress toward the Ph.D. degree.

The first year focuses on core theory: microeconomic theory, macroeconomic theory, mathematical methods and econometrics.  Students demonstrate their proficiency in micro and macro economics through comprehensive exams taken during the beginning of summer after their first year.

Second year coursework completes core theory and begins advanced seminar courses in specific field areas:  Macroeconomics, Industrial Organization, Public, Labor, International or Health Environmental.  At this time students begin exploring dissertation topics through classroom assignments.  Students demonstrate their mastery of field areas by completing a comprehensive examination in a chosen field.

Third year coursework completes classes in additional topic areas and begins independent study toward a dissertation.  Students complete a research proposal, and defend the proposal through an oral examination.  During the fourth and possibly fifth year students complete their dissertation research.



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