5: Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

General Information | Programs and Degrees Offered | Admission Information
Financial Assistance | Graduate Academic Regulations
Requirements for Specific Graduate Degrees | Departments and Programs | Faculty

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James Wilson Department of Economics
Course Descriptions | Departmental Degree Requirements

Departmental Degree Requirements

Doctor of Philosophy   Prospective candidates should realize that the degree of Doctor of Philosophy is not given when a course of study or term of residence is completed, but only when the faculty is satisfied that the candidate possesses mature scholarship and thorough knowledge in the field of economics. Students are not regarded as candidates for this degree until their applications have been formally approved by the Dean of the Graduate School and by the Faculty of the Department of Economics.

In addition to completing the general requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, prospective candidates must pass a preliminary comprehensive examination. The examination will consist of a six-hour part on economic theory and two three-hour parts on each of two fields of concentration. The student is required to complete the preliminary examination within seven semesters after entering the graduate program. A dissertation proposal should be presented to the faculty within three semesters of completion of the preliminary examination. The Ph.D. dissertation must be written, approved, and defended within seven years of matriculation in the program.

A detailed statement of departmental requirements for the Ph.D. may be obtained from the department secretary.

Master of Arts   The candidate must complete 24 credits of course work, including Price Theory (ECON 701), the Theory of Money and Income (ECON 702) and Econometrics (ECON 771, 772), and must write and defend a thesis. As an alternative, the student may complete the first two semesters of the Ph.D. program and pass the preliminary comprehensive examination on economic theory. All requirements must be completed within five years of matriculation.

Economics and Law   It is possible to pursue both the J.D. degree in the School of Law and an M.A. degree in the economics department, but admissions and course requirements are handled independently by each school. M.A. students in this program take courses alongside the Ph.D. students and then must pass a comprehensive examination at the end of a year’s course work. Please note that the economics department requires the GRE examination for admissions, and will not substitute LSAT scores.

The Tipton R. Snavely Prize of $1,500 is awarded triennially to the graduate student submitting the most meritorious dissertation for the Ph.D. degree in Economics.

The Thomas Jefferson Center for Studies in Political Economy was established in 1957. Its purpose is to facilitate research activities in the department of economics. Specific activities of the center have included the sponsorship of visiting scholars and professors, the sponsorship of lectures and seminars, the award of fellowships, and the publication of research results.

The Tipton R. Snavely Graduate Economics Library is a collection of scholarly books and academic journals in a study area located in Rouss Hall for use by graduate students.

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