PhD Program

The PhD program in economics is a program requiring the attainment of scientific competence in conformity with international scientific standards. Admission to the doctoral program is by written application and an evaluation by the department. It is expected that admitted students will be adequately prepared in calculus, linear algebra, and statistics.

All students take a common core curriculum at the outset and later branch out in the desired fields of specialization. The fields may be chosen from fiscal economics, international economics, macroeconomics, mathematical economics, monetary economics, and econometrics. Well-prepared students should anticipate spending approximately two years in course work and another two years in seminars, independent study, and dissertation research. While exceptional progress may make a three-year program feasible, some types of research programs will require at least five years to complete.

Candidates must be in residence for a minimum of three years including the period spent on the Master of Arts program.

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For information on the PhD curriculum, click here and choose “Doctor of Philosophy in Economics.”

Information on graduate admissions can be found here.

The Graduate School of Economics and Social Sciences website can be accessed here, where you can also access important forms and thesis guidelines.