College of Social and Behavioral Science


Ph.D. in Economics

Program Purpose

The Ph.D. degree program prepares students for professional careers in teaching, research, business, and government. The program aims to provide a broad mastery of theoretical and applied fields of economics. Both orthodox and heterodox approaches to economics are integral parts of the program, which includes a technically sophisticated presentation of economic theory and quantitative methods as well as a variety of fields of specialization. Our first year core courses include a sequence in Political Economy, which exposes students to a wider variety of approaches to economics than they would encounter in most other programs. We regularly offer fields of specialization in Development Economics, International Economics, Labor and Gender Economics, Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, Economic Doctrines, Advanced Monetary Theory, Health Economics, and Economic History. Students may also do a field in Finance by special arrangement.

Learning Outcomes

  • Have an advanced understanding of the professional literature and the methods used in the core fields of microeconomics, macroeconomics, and political economy.
  • Have an advanced understanding of the mathematical and econometric methods used in the discipline.
  • Develop an area of specialization, related to their field course work, in which they have begun to make contributions to knowledge through a research program, including the completion of a dissertation.
  • Develop the writing and oral presentation skills that will make them effective teachers and/or serve them in careers as researchers in academia, government, non-governmental research and policy organizations, or private enterprise.