Dec 08, 2023  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Economics, Ph.D.

College of Arts and Sciences  
Department: Economics 


The Doctor of Philosophy in Economics prepares students for careers as professional economists in academia, business and government.

Major Research Areas: Health Economics, Industrial Organization, International Trade/Economic Development, Public Economics, Urban and Regional Economics

Admission Information

Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • Must have taken the GRE within the preceding five years with target scores of 65th percentile on the verbal portion and 65th percentile on the quantitative portion.
  • Minimum of 2 courses in calculus*
  • Minimum of 1 course in probability and statistics*
  • Undergraduate Intermediate-level microeconomics and undergraduate intermediate-level macroeconomics*

*Applicants must earn a grade of B or better in each of these courses.

Curriculum Requirements

Total Minimum Hours - 72 hours

  • Core Requirements - 27 Credit Hours
  • Fields - 12 Credit Hours
  • Electives/Dir Research- 22 Credit Hours
  • Dissertation - 11 Credit Hours Minimum

Core Requirements (27 Credit Hours)

Fields (12 Credit Hours)

Select two pairs from the groupings below or from other pairs that the department may choose to offer:

Electives/Directed Research/Dissertation (33 Credit Hours)

Of this 33 hours minimum at least six hours must be met with additional graduate-level structured coursework approved by either the Graduate Director or the student’s (Co-) Major Professor(s) and at least 21 hours by a combination of ECO 6917 Directed Research  and ECO 7980 Dissertation  with Dissertation comprising at least 11 of these 21 hours.

Qualifying Examination

The qualifying examination is offered in two parts.

The First Part Covers

The Second Part Covers

Dissertation (11 Credit Hours Minimum)

Graduation Requirements:

  • Complete 27 credit hours of required coursework with required GPA.
  • Complete 12 credit hours of economics field coursework with required GPA.
  • Complete all credit hours of electives, of which there must be at least six with the required GPA.
  • Pass both parts of the qualifying examination
  • Complete at least 21 credit hours of directed research/dissertation with a minimum of 11 of these credit hours being dissertation.
  • Write and successfully defend the doctoral dissertation proposal.
  • The sum total of elective/directed research/dissertation credit hours must be at least 33.
  • Write and successfully defend the doctoral dissertation.

Students with M.A. Degrees in Economics from External Institution

Students who already hold an M.A. degree in Economics from an external institution prior to entering the Ph.D. program are offered the opportunity to take the First-Year Qualifying Examination in the summer before entering the program. Students who chose this option and pass the exam are waived from taking the associated four required classes: Mathematical Economics I, Mathematical Economics II, Microeconomics I, and Macroeconomics I. In addition, the total number of coursework credit hours for these students is reduced from 45 to 39. The minimum total number of graduate level credit hours required is still 72. Students who choose to take the First-Year Qualifying Exam, but do not pass, will take these four required courses during their first year in the major. They will then take the First-Year Qualifying Exam the following summer.