These degree programs attract students interested in academic careers, teaching and research, government and public service, and positions in the private sector where an in-depth knowledge of domestic and international politics, economics and business is of importance.
The rigorous training and applied nature of the department’s core offerings and doctoral fields provide the analytical expertise and practical experience for both domestic and international positions. Students completing the PhD in Economics compete for positions in academia and the public and private sectors.
Students fulfill a standard set of core requirements and qualify in one major doctoral field. Core course requirements and course descriptions can be found elsewhere on this web site. A minimum of 72 units of graduate-level course work is required. Students may petition to transfer up to 24 semester units from another graduate program into the Doctoral program.
We currently specialize in the following fields, although others can be accommodated on a case-by-case basis:
Business & Financial Economics
International & Development Economics
International Money & Finance
Neuroeconomics & Behavioral Economics
Public Choice & Public Economics
Students must successfully complete qualifying examinations in microeconomics, macroeconomics and the major field of study and successfully defend their dissertation.
Transfer of Credit
Ph.D students may petition to transfer up to 24 semester units of graduate study, generally toward completion of their field requirements, into the doctoral program. Transfers will not be considered until at least one year of coursework (24 units) has been completed. Students who wish to obtain transfer credits must complete the Course Transfer Approval form available from the CGU website. The completed form and a transcript showing the course(s) taken should be submitted to the student’s academic advisor who, along with the department chair, must approve the transfer. Students must have earned the equivalent of a B or better in a graduate level course in order to transfer units from another institution.
Though we recommend that core courses be taken at CGU since the material will appear in qualifying exams, it is occasionally possible to waive these courses if students have taken an equivalent graduate course. In this case, the student must obtain the Course Transfer Approval form from the CGU website and submit it and supporting material (syllabi) to the professor teaching the core course. A waiver for some courses requires that an exam be taken.
Microeconomics Sequence (16 units)
Econ 313 Microeconomic Analysis I
Econ 316 Advanced Microeconomics I
Econ 317 Advanced Microeconomics II
Econ 318 Foundations of Psychology & Ecnomics
Macroeconomics Sequence (8 units)
Econ 302 Macroeconomics I
Econ 303 Macroeconomics II
Political Economy (Choice) (4 units)
Econ 300 Political Economy and Social Inquiry or
Econ 343/286 Public Choice or
SPE360 Advanced Political Economy
Mathematics and Quantitative Methods Sequence (16 Units)
Econ 308 Mathematics for Economists I
Econ 382 Econometrics I
Econ 383 Econometrics II
Econ 384 Econometrics III (stongly recommended, but not required)
Doctoral Field Requirements
Courses should provide the students with the background to successfully complete the field qualifying examination. The advisor should be consulted in order to maximize exposure to key concepts.