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Depending on the students' fields of interest, the exact sequencing and content of the program may vary.

The minimum requirements for completing the PhD Program in Economics are:

  1. Complete at least 55 credit hours during the course of study.
  2. Complete 9 required economics core courses taken in the first two years of the program.
  3. Complete at least 5 elective courses at the 500 or 700 level in economics.
  4. Pass the core exam and first year mastery requirement by taking core examinations in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, and Probability and Statistics/Econometrics.
  5. Complete Teaching Assistant Training and Teaching Opportunity (TATTO) sequence to demonstrate teaching and communication proficiency.
  6. Complete ethics sequence including a core course in scholarly integrity, training in program-based ethics, and a minimum number of public topical workshops, training sessions, or lectures as part of the Jones Program in Ethics.
  7. Regularly attend the Dissertation Workshops and all seminars in a student's focus area.
  8. Complete the field paper requirements to begin developing a research specialty.
  9. Successfully propose and then defend a PhD dissertation showing an original contribution to the field of Economics.