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Degree Requirements

The following requirements are in addition to, or further elaborate upon, general degree requirements and the policies on Satisfactory Progress, Probation and Exclusion of The Graduate School, and additional requirements for Satisfactory Academic Progress of the Department of Economics.





Core Courses:
ECON 410-1,2,3 Microeconomics
ECON 411-1,2,3 Macroeconomics
ECON 480-1,2,3 Econometrics

Nine Approved Field Courses that must include:
(a) At least one course in Economic History (ECON 420-1 American Economic History (or) ECON 420-2 European Economic History ), and
(b) Three field sequences of at least two-quarters each. A field sequence consists of two or three quarter-length courses as determined by the department.


Total Required Units: 18

Other Ph.D. Degree Requirements

Examinations: satisfactory grades in each of the three core areas (microeconomics, macroeconomics, and econometrics); oral examination for approval of dissertation prospectus

Research/Projects: two research papers presented in the student seminar (ECON 501) or equivalent

Ph.D. Dissertation: original, independent research

Final Evaluations: oral dissertation defense

Supervised Teaching Experience: All doctoral students are required to act as a teaching assistant for at least one quarter. As part of these duties, the student must lead a weekly discussion section. Teaching experience is an essential part of graduate training. Foreign students must demonstrate acceptable English proficiency as prescribed by The Graduate School. Evaluations are made and kept as part of the students' records.

Note: These requirements are for students entering the program in Fall 2017 and later.  Students entering earlier should consult the relevant Graduate Student Handbook.


The department does not normally admit students for a terminal M.A. degree. Doctoral students who complete the ECON 410, ECON 411, ECON 480 sequences with a B average are eligible to receive the M.A. degree.