PhD Applied Economics Degree Requirements

Required Core Courses

Doctoral Students must complete the following eight core courses. Transferring credit hours from other peer institutions is allowed only in exceptional cases.

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Econ 7130 Math Econ Econ 7120 Microeconomics II
Econ 7110 Microeconomics I Econ 7220 Macroeconomics II
Econ 7210 Macroeconomics I Econ 7330 Microeconometrics
Econ 7310 Econometrics I


Econ 7340 Macroeconometrics

Comprehensive Examinations

Students must achieve satisfactory performance (Ph.D. level pass) on three comprehensive (preliminary) examinations in microeconomics, macroeconomics, and econometrics. First attempt prelims are normally held in late May (or early June) followed by second attempt exams in early July. Only one retake is permitted on each exam. Students are graded separately on each exam. All students enrolled in the Ph.D. program MUST pass all three preliminary examinations by the end of the first August after their first year in the program.

Completion of Two Advanced Fields

Students must complete the coursework and pass a written examination in two advanced fields. Field coursework consists of a minimum two course sequence and must be approved in advance by the Director of Graduate Studies.

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Students will be admitted to candidacy after completing two advanced fields, forming a dissertation committee, and successfully passing a general Oral Examination (dissertation proposal). The Oral Examination is normally taken during the third year, and requires approval by the Graduate School at least one week prior. Upon successful completion of the proposal, the student becomes a candidate for the Ph.D. degree and has four calendar years to complete remaining requirements.

Dissertation and Oral Defense

Students must write a dissertation and pass an oral defense. Students must register for at least 10 semester hours of dissertation research (Econ 8990).

Minimum Credit Hour Requirement

Students must complete a minimum of 60 semester hours of coursework at the 7000-level or above. Any coursework outside of Economics must be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies.

Last Updated: November 14, 2013