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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 54 credit hours during the course of study.
  2. Pass nine required economics core courses taken in the first two years of the program and taken for a letter grade.
  3. Pass at least five elective courses at the 500 or 700 level in economics. Electives must be 3 or 4 credit hours and taken for a letter grade. A minimum of two 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 electives may be taken from other departments within Emory, or at other universities, with prior approval of the Director of Graduate Studies.
  4. Pass the first year mastery requirement by taking core examinations in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, and Probability and Statistics / Econometrics, which are administered after the first year of the program.
  5. Pass Teaching Assistant Training and Teaching Opportunity ( TATTO ) sequence to demonstrate teaching and communication proficiency.
  6. Complete JPE (ethics) sequence including a core course in scholarly integrity ( JPE 600 ), 6 hours of training in program-based ethics, 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. 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 all are encouraged to attend other seminars offered by the department.
  8. Pass 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.