Major and Minor Field Courses (15 CR)*
*Students take 9 credits in a chosen major subfield area and 6 credits in a chosen minor subfield area. Subfields or areas of specialization are noted below. Students must achieve a grade of B or better in each course. See here for elective requirements for students with a master's degree who attain advanced standing (transfer graduate-level credits into the Ph.D. program).
ECOG 220, 221, 228 Growth and Development
ECOG 230, 231, 237 Urban Economics
ECOG 261, 262, 263 Labor Economics
ECOG 244, 245, 249 International Economics
The Major Field
Each student chooses a primary area of specialization (the Major Field) from among the four areas. The student completes the three required courses (all three courses in the area of specialization labeled I, II, and III) with a grade of B or better in each course. The student then takes the comprehensive examination or chooses to write a field paper related to their Major Field. To acquire certification in their Major Field, the student must pass the three courses (with a grade of B or higher), pass the comprehensive examination, or, instead of the field comprehensive examination, write a research paper that, in the judgment of the faculty in that field of specialization, demonstrates mastery of that field.
The Minor Field
Each student chooses a second area of specialization (called the Minor Field) either from the four areas (Growth and Development, Urban, Labor, or International) or from the elective field courses. If the minor field is chosen from the four areas, students must complete two courses (either I and II or I and III) in their area of choice with no grade lower than a B. If the student chooses the minor field from among the elective field courses, the student must complete the field course and either Independent Study (ECOG 290, 291, 292, 293, or 294) or Research Topics in Economics (ECOG 295, 296, or 297) related to their field of choice. The student must receive a B or better in each of these two courses. There are no further requirements for certification of the Minor Field. Neither a comprehensive examination nor a field paper is required for the Minor Field.
Other Elective Courses (9 CR)**
**Students may earn up to 6 credits in an internship program as part of their elective choices (Internship I, ECOG 298 and Internship II, ECOG 299).
A sampling of elective courses
ECOG 248 Industrial Organization
ECOG 233 Health Economics
ECOG 238 Environmental Economics
ECOG 274 Financial Intermediation
ECOG 315 Empirical Analysis of Topics in Fin. Lit.
ECOG 240 Public Finance
ECOG 250 Cost-Benefit Analysis
ECOG 216 Advanced Topics in Econometrics