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 the mathematical prerequisites for the program are barely enough to survive the first year theory courses. 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.