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Program Requirements

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

The minimum requirements for completing the Ph.D. 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:

  • Econ 500: Microeconomic Theory I
  • Econ 501: Microeconomic Theory II
  • Econ 510: Macroeconomic Theory I
  • Econ 511: Macroeconomic Theory II
  • Econ 520: Probability Theory and Statistical Inference
  • Econ 521: Econometric Methods I
  • Econ 522: Econometric Methods II
  • Econ 526: Quantitative Methods I (waived for students with a strong mathematics background as determined by an evaluation of prior coursework)
  • Econ 626: Quantitative Methods II

3. Complete at least 5 elective courses at the 500 or 700 level in economics. Elective courses must be 3 or 4 credit hours and taken for a letter grade. At least three elective courses must be in one of the focus areas of the department. At least three elective courses must be taken from amongst the department elective offerings. Other elective courses may be taken from other departments within Emory, or at other universities, with prior approval of the DGS.

4. Pass core examinations in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, and Probability & Statistics/Econometrics, which are administered in the summer after the first year of the program.

5. Complete TATTO sequence to demonstrate teaching and communication proficiency

  • Econ 593: Teaching Economics
  • Tatto 600: Graduate School Workshop
  • Tatto 605: Teaching Assistantship
  • Tatto 610: Teaching Associateship

6. Complete JPE sequence that includes the 6 hour core course (JPE 600) in scholarly integrity, 6 hours of training in program-based ethics material, and a minimum of 4 public topical workshops, training sessions, or lectures as part of the Jones Program in Ethics.

7. Regularly attend the Dissertation Workshop (econ 741). A grade of "S" must be received for 4 semesters. Students are required to attend all seminars in their focus area, as well as department-wide seminars, and are highly encouraged to attend other seminars offered by the department.

8. Complete the field paper requirements to begin developing a research specialty.

9. Successfully propose and then defend a Ph.D. dissertation showing an original contribution to the field of economics.