Economics, PhD

The PhD program is a small and focused one, specializing in industrial organization, competition policy, regulatory economics, and labor economics.  Admission from the bachelor's level requires taking the MA core courses and two additional elective courses plus the PhD requirements.  The program requirements shown here are for those students entering the PhD program directly from a bachelor's program.

Doctoral Degree Candidacy

Degree candidacy is attained following satisfactory completion of the required 48 credits of course work, passing qualifying examinations in microeconomics and macroeconomics, passing a field comprehensive examination, and meeting the other program requirements as shown on the program requirements page.


Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.


  • Two qualifying examinations—microeconomics and macroeconomics
  • Field comprehensive examination
  • Annual review
  • Dissertation committee
  • Dissertation proposal
  • Dissertation defense
  • Field lunch participation
  • Practical experience
  • Seminar series participation

Core Requirements

Quantitative Courses
ECON 5105Math and Statistics for Economists4
ECON 5140Applied Econometrics4
ECON 7740Applied Econometrics 24
Theory Courses
ECON 5110Microeconomic Theory4
ECON 5120Macroeconomic Theory4
ECON 7710Microeconomic Theory 24
ECON 7720Macroeconomic Theory 24
Field Courses
ECON 7763Labor Market Analysis4
or ECON 7771 Framework of Industrial Organization
ECON 7764Topics in Labor Economics4
or ECON 7772 Public Policy Toward Business


Complete 12 semester hours from the following:12
ECON 7200 to ECON 7299
Directed Study

Exam and Dissertation

Exam Preparation
ECON 8960Exam Preparation—Doctoral0
Complete the following (repeatable) course twice:
ECON 9990Dissertation0

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

  • 48 total semester hours required
  • Minimum 3.000 GPA required