Ph.D. Program

The Ph.D. program is designed to be completed in 5 years, with the first 3-4 years focused on coursework and the final 1-2 years on research and completion of the dissertation.

Due to course sequencing, students are normally only admitted for the Fall semester.

 

Applied Fields

The Department requires that all Ph.D. students achieve a high degree of professional competence in applied fields that will provide a basis for pursuing long-range research and teaching interests.

The Department offers the following fields:

  • Industrial Organization
  • Labor Economics
  • Macroeconomics and Money
  • Environmental and Resource Economics


Sample Course Sequence

For course descriptions, see the Graduate Catalog.

FALL
SPRING
SUMMER
1st Year ECON 6201: Microeconomic Theory I
ECON 6202: Macroeconomic Theory I
ECON 6301: Mathematical Economics
ECON 6211: Microeconomic Theory II
ECON 6212: Macroeconomic Theory II
ECON 6310: Econometrics I
Preliminary Exams
2nd Year ECON 6311: Econometrics II
ECON 6494: Graduate Seminar
2 Field Courses
ECON 6312: Econometrics III
ECON 6494: Graduate Seminar
2 Field Courses
3rd Year Paper Research
3rd Year ECON 6110: History of Economic Thought
ECON 6494: Graduate Seminar
Field Course(s)
GRAD 6950: Doctoral Dissertation Research
ECON 6494: Graduate Seminar
Field Course(s)
GRAD 6950: Doctoral Dissertation Research
Dissertation Research, work on Proposal
4th Year ECON 6494: Graduate Seminar
GRAD 6950: Doctoral Dissertation Research
ECON 6494: Graduate Seminar
GRAD 6950: Doctoral Dissertation Research
Dissertation Research
5th Year ECON 6494: Graduate Seminar
GRAD 6950: Doctoral Dissertation Research
ECON 6494: Graduate Seminar
GRAD 6950: Doctoral Dissertation Research
Dissertation Defense

 

Program Requirements

  • Preliminary Exams: Ph.D. students are required to sit for the Preliminary Exams following the first year of the Ph.D. program. Students take a Microeconomics prelim and a Macroeconomics prelim on the first two consecutive Fridays in June.
  • Seminar Requirement: Students in years 2-5 of the Ph.D. program are required to attend department seminars and workshops. Advanced students are required to present their work twice per year. For a list of current seminars, please click here.
  • Third Year Research Paper: Students must complete a paper which meets the requirements of the Third Year Reserach Paper before the end of the third year in the Ph.D. program.
  • Dissertation Proposal: Each student must submit a dissertation proposal to the department during the 4th year of study.