Our Ph.D. program attracts students interested in academic careers, teaching, research positions in government and the private sector, and public service, where an in-depth knowledge of domestic and international economics is of importance.
Students interested in a Ph.D. in economics require a strong background in mathematics. Prior to beginning the fall semester entering students are expected to take Economics 300 (Mathematics for Economics). This math brush up course refreshes Methods of Proofs, Optimization, Linear Algebra & Differential Equations. This course is meant to get students ready for the rigorous demands of our core economics courses.
General Degree Requirements:
The Ph.D. in Economics is a 72 - unit program (18 regular courses). Students may transfer up to 24 units from other programs. Only the equivalent of a B or better in a graduate-level course can be transferred and faculty must review and approve all transfers.
Also please note that a strong mathematical background is highly encouraged. Courses in real analysis, differential equations, optimization, probability or measurement theory are all particularly helpful in preparing for graduate study.
To obtain a Ph.D. in Economics students must fulfill the following requirements:
Satisfactory attainment of research tool requirements through our core econometric courses.
Successful completion of qualifying examinations in macroeconomics & microeconomics.
Completion of one major field of study (five to six regular courses or 20-24 units) and field qualifying exams, if required by the chosen field.
Successful dissertation proposal and doctoral dissertation defense.