In order to earn a doctoral degree, graduate students in the Department of Economics must fulfill the following requirements:
- Complete at least 72 credits of graduate level course work, 45 of which must be in graded courses in economics.
- Complete two major fields and one minor field of specialization.
- Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0.
- Achieve the following milestones:
- Pass the preliminary examinations in microeconomics and macroeconomics in the summer of the first year in the program.
- Research and write a second-year research paper which constitutes the PhD comprehensive milestone.
- Form a dissertation committee and hold a dissertation overview.
- Write and successfully defend a doctoral dissertation.