Ph.D. Track Plan of Study & Requirements

Two Year Plan of Study

First Year

Fall

  • Microeconomic Theory I (Econ 530 non-econ Ph.D. section)
  • Econometrics Analysis I (Econ 532)
  • Introduction to Game Theory (Econ 505)

Grades: A GPA of 3.5 or above in Econ 530 and 532, and a grade of A- or above in Econ 505

Spring

  • Econometrics (Econ 503)
  • Macroeconomics (Econ 501)
  • 1-2 MSPE Electives

Grades: An overall GPA of 3.8 or above at the end of first year (in addition to the first semester grade requirements)

Second Year

Fall

  • Microeconomic Theory I (Econ 530- Ph.D. section)
  • Macroeconomic Theory I (Econ 531)
  • 1 MSPE Elective

Grades: A GPA of 3.5 or above for the semester (if the GPA requirement is not satisfied, students can petition the Director of the Ph.D. program to remain in the Ph.D. track. He/she will review the petition and decide whether or not to grant the permission and set any additional conditions)

Spring

  • Microeconomic Theory II (Econ 533)
  • Macroeconomic Theory II (Econ 534)
  • Econometrics Analysis II (Econ 535)

Ph.D. Qualifying Exams

The Ph.D. track students, upon completing their second year courses, will take the Ph.D. qualifying exams in core courses (microeconomics, macroeconomics, and econometrics). These are the same qualifying exams that the students in the Ph.D. program have to take and pass. They are typically offered in May and August.

Other Rules

  • Failure to satisfy the requirements at any stage results in the student to revert back to the master's track (no exceptions).
  • If a student reverts back to the master's track, he/she must satisfy the program's degree requirements in order to receive an M.S. degree.
  • Econ 530 (non-econ Ph.D. section) and Econ 500 are counted as one course for satisfying the minimum of 10 graduate courses in the MSPE Program.
  • Econ 501 and Econ 531 are counted as one course for satisfying the minimum of 10 graduate courses in the MSPE Program.