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Ph.D. Curriculum

Completion of all Ph.D. requirements usually takes five years for full-time students. The program enables students to complete all coursework in 2.5 years, with the remaining time spent engaged in dissertation research, participation in graduate seminars, and pursuit of the Cognate in College Teaching.

After successful completion of the first year of the graduate program, including Econometrics II and Econometrics III, students should take the following courses in their second and third years:

Year Two

August - September, Term 1 - Foundation (5 weeks)

  • ECON 970a Advanced Economic Theory: Microeconomics (1.5 credits)
  • ECON 970b Advanced Economic Theory: Macroeconomics (1.5 credits)

October - December, Term 2 - The Core (10 weeks)

  • ECON 977 Microeconomic Theory 2 (3 credits)
  • ECON 973 Macroeconomic Theory 2 (3 credits)
  • ECON 988 Economics Seminar (2 credits)
  • ECON 978 Teaching Economics (for Cognate) or field course (3 credits)

January - March, Term 3 - Electives (10 weeks)

  • Field/elective course (3 credits)
  • Field/elective course (3 credits)
  • ECON 957 History of Economic Thought/ECON 958 Methodology or Field Course (3 credits)
  • ECON 988 Graduate Economics Seminar (2 credits)

March - May, Term 4 (10 weeks)

  • Field/elective course (3 credits)
  • Econometrics IV / Econometric III (3 credits)
  • ECON 957 History of Economic Thought/ECON 958 Methodology or Field Course (3 credits)
  • ECON 988 Graduate Economics Seminar (2 credits)

Year Three

August - September, Term 1 - Foundation (5 weeks)

  • Mentorship in College Teaching

October - December, Term 2 - The Core (10 weeks)

  • Field Workshop

Ph.D. students also take comprehensive examinations in macroeconomic and microeconomic theory, usually in March of their second year. Students select two fields of concentration, one major and one minor, each made up of two or more related courses. A student’s major field requires a field examination, usually administered in March of their third year. Currently, there are three fields from which to choose: Environmental Economics, Health Economics, and International Economics. Students in Field Workshop are expected to write a significant research paper possibly leading to a dissertation topic.

Beyond the second term of the third year, the program consists of the following components:

  • Develop a dissertation topic and secure a dissertation committee
  • Defend dissertation proposal in a public forum
  • Defend the dissertation in a public forum
  • Complete the Cognate in College Teaching if desired
  • Participate and present in the Economic Seminar

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