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Credit Hours

Students who begin the Ph.D. program with a master’s degree in a related subject area must complete 30 credit hours of course work, plus a foreign language or related supporting area requirement. Students who do not begin the Ph.D. program with a master’s degree in a related subject area must complete 45 credit hours of coursework, plus a foreign language or related supporting area requirement.


First year core courses

 Students accepted into the Ph.D. program will enroll in the following classes during their first year of the program:

  1. ECON 6201 Microeconomic Theory I
  2. ECON 6211 Microeconomic Theory II
  3. ECON 6301 Advanced Mathematical Economics I
  4. ARE 6311 Applied Econometrics I
  5. ARE 6313 Applied Econometrics II
  6. ECON 6310 Econometrics I

In the event that a course listed above is not offered during the academic year, the department will provide students an alternative course that will act as a substitute.


Qualifying Examination

All students enrolled in the Ph.D. program must pass a qualifying examination in applied microeconometrics. This examination is based on material presented in the following courses:
ECON 6201, ECON 6211, ARE 6311, ARE 6313, and ECON 6310 (or equivalent if the department provides an alternative course as an approved substitute).
The qualifying examination is administered and evaluated by the Qualifying Examination Committee appointed by the department head. Decisions made by this committee about the outcome of the qualifying exam are binding. All appeals related to a qualifying examination must be directed to the department head.


Past Qualifying Exams

Please see previous exams on past qualifying exams page.