Doctoral Program Essentials

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Application Deadlines

As initial review of applications for 2016 begins January 26, your chances for admission and financial support are maximized if your complete application is received by January21.

Applications received later will be considered for admission and (if funds are still available) for financial support.

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The first year of a student's program, and part of the second year, are devoted to comprehensive coursework in the modern concepts and techniques of economic theory and econometrics. The preliminary exam for the Ph.D. occurs at the end of the first year.

During the second and third years students work closely with the faculty in seminar courses and workshops. It's here that students make the transition to doing their own research. The close faculty-student interaction often leads students into collaborative research with one or more faculty members.

Subsequent time in the program is devoted to completing the dissertation.

The Department also emphasizes the development of high-quality teaching. A seminar on teaching develops teaching methods and skills. Students serve as teaching assistants in undergraduate courses, after which a student may audition for the opportunity to teach his or her own course. Advice and feedback are provided by faculty members who are nationally recognized for teaching undergraduate economics.


Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a recognized institution. Students are expected to have completed and performed well in courses that correspond to the UA courses listed below. Click on the course number to read the course description:


  • ECON 361 – Intermediate Microeconomics
  • MATH 124 – Calculus I with Applications
  • MATH 129 – Calculus II
  • MATH 215 – Linear Algebra
  • MATH 223 – Vector Calculus


  • ECON 418 – Econometrics
  • MATH 323 – Real Analysis
  • MATH 461 – Elements of Statistics

Degree Requirements

Progression through the program takes 4 to 5 years. Students complete core coursework and then specialize in two fields before writing the dissertation.

Financial Information

Information about tuition, fellowships, and teaching and research assistantships can be found on the Financial Information page.

For additional information, please contact us.