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  Dec 15, 2017
 
2017-2018 General Catalog

Economics, Ph.D.


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Economics
economics.utah.edu
332 S. 1400 E., Bldg 73 Rm 222, Salt Lake City, UT 84112
801-581-7481
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The Ph.D. degree program prepares students for professional careers in teaching, research, business, and government. The program provides a broad mastery of both theoretical and applied fields of economics. Both orthodox and heterodox approaches to economics are integral parts of the program. The department attempts to provide students receiving financial aid with teaching opportunities.

Minimum Doctorate Hours: 48

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • Successful completion of intermediate microeconomic and macroeconomic theory
  • Acceptable GRE scores on verbal, quantitative, and analytical components
  • Three academic reference letters
  • A brief statement of personal academic goals
  • TOEFL score of 550 or better (or IBT equivalent) or IELTS of 6.5 or above (international students only)

Graduation Requirements:

  • Complete a minimum of 48 doctoral-level credit hours
  • Complete all course work with a C- or better
  • Defend dissertation within seven years from first enrollment in the program
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in all course work

Core Program


All Ph.D. students are expected to be enrolled full-time (12 credit hours) during their first year.

Additional Information


Three qualifying exams are given during the summer following the first year covering Micro, Macro and Political Economy. Students must pass all three exams. Students are allowed to retake these exams only once.

Methodology Seminars


Complete 1 course in second or third year

Elective Coursework


Students are required to complete at least 7 doctoral-level courses in economics, beyond the core and methodology requirements. See list below for courses that are regularly offered. Graduate coursework in other departments may be substituted for an economics elective, on a limited basis and based on consultation with and prior approval of the student’s advisor and the doctoral program director.

Research Workshops


To facilitate the transition from coursework to original research, all second- and third-year students are required to participate in the research workshops organized by the faculty.  These workshops will vary in detail but typically reflect the department’s emphases in inequality, globalization, and sustainability.  Students and faculty participating in each workshop discuss their developing research, host visiting researchers, and explore emerging topics in their fields.

As part of their active participation in these workshops students are required to submit a research idea to their research workshop by the end of the Spring semester of their second year.  Students must have an extended research abstract approved through their research workshop by the end of their third year. This proposal is then refined and developed in consultation with the faculty, with the goal of producing a pulishable research product and/or a dissertation proposal.

Dissertation Research


Complete 12 credit hours. Dissertation research typically begins during the third year. Throughout the dissertation stage, student research is supervised by a committee of faculty who are expert in the student’s area of study.

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