For admission to the doctoral program, candidates are expected to attain a GRE score of 302 (current scale) or 1100 (former scale) or better. Students entering the Ph.D. program in economics must hold a baccalaureate degree.
The Doctor of Philosophy in Economics requires students entering to complete a minimum of 64 semester hours, including a minimum of 51 hours of formal coursework, a one-credit hour economics workshop (two presentations), and 12 hours of dissertation research. Students entering with a master’s degree in Economics may have up to 12 hours applied toward the 51 hours of formal coursework. Of the total 64 hours, at least 43 hours must be at the 7000 level.
Students must demonstrate competency in economic theory by passing the Qualifying Examination in microeconomics and macroeconomics at the end of the student’s first year of study. Students must also complete coursework in a major field and a minor field. A field consists of a minimum of two doctoral-level (7000-level) courses. Students complete a research paper in their major field during the second summer after finishing the field coursework.
Candidates must successfully defend a dissertation prospectus and, upon approval by the candidate’s dissertation committee, prepare a dissertation. The student is responsible for contacting a Ph.D. faculty member about becoming the chair of the student’s dissertation committee. The chair will suggest other potential committee members.
After completion of the dissertation, the candidate is given an oral examination dealing with the structure and content of the dissertation.The candidate will be notified in writing of the committee’s approval of the dissertation.
On matriculation, students will complete a degree plan. The Ph.D. advisor must approve the degree plan. In some cases, it may be possible to complete the program on a part-time basis, but the program is designed for full-time students.
- file a degree plan in the College of Graduate Studies prior to the completion of 21 credit hours (in consultation with graduate advisor);
- file a Notice of Intent to Graduate form in the College of Graduate Studies within the first two weeks of the term in which the student intends to graduate.