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. Students must have taken Multivariate Calculus and Linear Algebra before enrolling to our program. Starting AY 2015-2016, a Math Brush Up Course (Econ 300) will cover Optimization, Linear Algebra, & Differential Equations.
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.