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Economics PhD Program Overview                            2015 PhD Job Candidates

As a student in our Ph.D. in economics program, you will

  • study with faculty who are experts in their fields,
  • work with bright and capable students and
  • obtain a vast amount of knowledge of your field.

Our Ph.D. program is designed so that the motivated student can make steady progress toward the Ph.D. degree.

The first year focuses on core theory: microeconomic theory, macroeconomic theory, mathematical methods and econometrics.  Students demonstrate their proficiency in micro- and macroeconomics through comprehensive exams taken in June after their first year.

Second-year coursework completes core theory and begins advanced seminar courses in specific field areas:  Macroeconomics, Industrial Organization, Public, Labor, International, or Environmental/Health.  At this time, students begin exploring dissertation topics through classroom assignments.  Students demonstrate mastery of their chosen field area by passing a comprehensive examination.

Third-year coursework completes classes in additional topic areas and begins independent study toward a dissertation.  Students complete a research proposal, and defend the proposal through an oral examination.  During the fourth and fifth years, students complete their dissertation research.

Ph.D. in Economics student handbook

Profiles of some recent alums

Recent program news

Questions? Professor Jenny Minier, Director of Graduate Studies



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