General Program Requirements
Students entering this track must earn a minimum of 72 credits beyond the baccalaureate degree, of which 12 must be devoted to dissertation work, 27 to electives and to the area of concentration, and 33 to the following core course requirements:
- Microeconomic Theory I (ECOG-200)
- Microeconomic Theory II (ECOG-201)
- Microeconomic Theory III (ECOG-205)
- Macroeconomic Theory I (ECOG-203)
- Macroeconomic Theory II (ECOG-202)
- Macroeconomic Theory III (ECOG-206)
- History of Economic Analysis (ECOG-204)
- Workshop in Economic Research (ECOG-207)
- Econometrics I (ECOG-211)
- Econometrics II (ECOG-212)
- Mathematics for Economists (ECOG-213)
Areas of Specialization
The Department offers four areas of specialization. The required courses for the Ph.D. degree in each of the specializations are as follows:
- Growth and Development Economics - ECOG-220, ECOG-221, ECOG-228
- Urban Economics - ECOG-230, ECOG-231, ECOG-237
- Labor Economics - ECOG-261, ECOG-262, ECOG-263
- International Economics-ECOG-244, ECOG-249, ECOG-245
The Major Field
Each student chooses a primary area of specialization (the Major Field) from among the four areas. The student completes the three required courses (all three courses in the area of specialization labeled I, II, and III) with a grade of B or better in each course. The student then takes the comprehensive examination or chooses to write a field paper related to their Major Field. To acquire certification in their Major Field, the student must pass the three courses (with a grade of B or higher), pass the comprehensive examination, or, instead of the field comprehensive examination, write a research paper that, in the judgment of the faculty in that field of specialization, demonstrates mastery of that field.
The Minor Field
Each student chooses a second area of specialization (called the Minor Field) either from the four areas (Growth and Development, Urban, Labor, or International) or from the elective field courses. If the minor field is chosen from the four areas, students must complete two courses (either I and II or I and III) in their area of choice with no grade lower than a B. If the student chooses the minor field from among the elective field courses, the student must complete the field course and either Independent Study (ECOG 290, 291, 292, 293, or 294) or Research Topics in Economics (ECOG 295, 296, or 297) related to their field of choice. The student must receive a B or better in each of these two courses. There are no further requirements for certification of the Minor Field. Neither a comprehensive examination nor a field paper is required for the Minor Field.
Students may earn up to 6 credits in an internship program as part of their elective choices (Internship I, ECOG 298 and Internship II, ECOG 299).
Students must pass comprehensive examinations (which are offered twice annually) in the following four areas: microeconomic theory, macroeconomic theory, econometrics, and the major field. The student may substitute a research paper in the student's Major Field for the major-field comprehensive examination. This research paper must, in the judgment of the faculty in that field of specialization, demonstrate mastery of that field.
Students are required to take the Ph.D. comprehensive examinations in both microeconomic theory and macroeconomic theory after they have successfully completed the required macroeconomic and microeconomic theory course sequences. If the student passes both of these examinations, the student becomes eligible to take the comprehensive examinations in econometrics and the student's Major Field.