Mar 29, 2023  
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Economics (Ph.D.)

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In addition to general Graduate School requirements, the Department of Economics  has the following requirements for admission.

Course requirements

  • 3 credit hours of intermediate macroeconomic theory
  • 3 credit hours of intermediate microeconomic theory
  • 3 credit hours of statistics
  • 3 credit hours of calculus

If these courses are not part of the student’s undergraduate program, admission will be provisional upon completing these courses.

Grade requirements

A 3.0 GPA in the last 60 credit hours taken with no C’s, or lower, in the courses listed above. Although students with academic performance below these standards may be admitted because of other considerations such as high GRE scores, admission will be probationary.

Graduate record examination

Applicants for admission to either M.A. or Ph.D. programs are normally expected to provide their Graduate Record Examination general test scores.

Required course work

As part of the 90 hours required for a Ph.D. degree, each Ph.D. degree program must contain the following 30 hours of course work or equivalent:

Additional requirement

Also required is course work in two fields of specialization. Normally a field consists of 6 additional hours of course work in economics or in related departments. Students entering the Ph.D. program with a master’s degree in economics may receive 30 hours of credit for that degree.

Ph.D. dissertation

In the process of completing the research and writing of a Ph.D. dissertation, the student must enroll in at least 30 hours of the following:

Ph.D. qualifying exams

Students must pass qualifying exams in macroeconomic theory and microeconomic theory. Students are normally expected to take these exams immediately after completing the aforementioned course work. The courses preparing the students for these exams are:

Additional Requirements

A preliminary exam must also be passed in one other fields. This field must include at least six hours of course work at the 800-level or above. The field exam may not be taken until the macroeconomic theory and microeconomic theory exams are passed.

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