Doctorate of Philosophy in Economics

The Ph.D. program in Economics prepares the recipient for a variety of research-oriented career opportunities, including university research/teaching, government employment, and a host of employment opportunities in the private sector

All Ph.D. students are required to complete 60 credit hours.

12 Core courses36
2 courses in one Major field6
A field is comprised of either two related courses in one of the Major economic disciplines, e.g. international trade, or two courses in related disciplines, e.g. health economics and labor economics.
1 course in a Minor field3
1 Field/Elective course3
Total Credit Hours60

Applicants for admission to graduate study in Economics should have an extensive background in Economic Theory and Quantitative methods.

All Doctor of Philosophy students must take:

Core Courses
ECO 600Econometrics3
ECO 601Graduate Macroeconomic Theory3
ECO 602Advanced Microeconomic Theory3
ECO 603Monetary Theory and Policy3
ECO 612Economic Strategies for Firms and the Industry3
ECO 620Advanced Econometrics3
ECO 621Advanced Macro Analysis3
ECO 625Applied Econometrics3
ECO 633Advanced Micro Analysis3
ECO 634Advanced Micro Analysis II3
ECO 860The Theory of International Trade (Theory of International Trade)3
MTH 533Introduction to Real Analysis I3
Fields of Specialization
Select two of the following Areas of Concentration:6
ECO 603Monetary Theory and Policy3
ECO 604Topics in Applied Macroeconomics3
Financial Economics:
ECO 604Topics in Applied Macroeconomics3
ECO 625Applied Econometrics3
Human Resource Economics:
ECO 611Labor Economics (III)3
ECO 625Applied Econometrics3
Environmental Economics:
ECO 625Applied Econometrics3
ECO 645Regulations Economics3
Cognate Areas with Departmental Approval
Select one Elective from the graduate offerings of the Mathematics, Computer Information Systems, Management Science, and Finance departments
Additional Requirements
Comprehensive Examinations covering the core and the one field of specialization
Doctoral Dissertation12
Total Credit Hours51