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Economics PhD Requirements

To be awarded a PhD degree in Economics a student must:

  • Successfully complete a minimum of 50 credit hours of work in core courses and field sequences, consisting of:

    • 16 credit hours in economic theory (including a qualifying examination covering material in these courses).

    • 10 credit hours in econometrics (including a qualifying examination).

    • 6 credit hours in research methodology, 6 credit hours in a primary field offered in the Economics Department, 6 credit hours in a secondary field, and 6 elective credit hours. The student must pass a primary field examination.

  • Attend one of the departmental workshops each semester beginning in the second year of residence.

  • Write and successfully defend a dissertation of scholarly content and scope that demonstrates ability to carry out a substantial independent research project.