Graduate Program Secretary
Michelle Huslig
Phone: 785-864 2841

Description of the Program

1. The Ph.D. program allows the student to acquire and develop skills in quantitative methods and economic theory. Students must enroll in a minimum of 9 credit hours every semester.

2. The typical incoming class is small, generally six to ten students, and graduate classes are small. There are approximately 40 students in the Ph.D. program. 

3. Students pass a minimum of 54 credit hours of graduate coursework while maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Coursework includes:
   • 30 credit hours of required core courses;
   • 6 credit hours in each of two specialization areas;
   • 9 credit hours of elective courses; 
   • 3 credit hours of enrollment in the Seminar Course: Econ 910

4. The first three semesters of the program are highly structured (see Typical Curriculum of Study). 

5. At the beginning of the fourth semester (spring semester of the second year), the student is required to pass written qualifying examinations in microeconomic theory and macroeconomic theory. Students are permitted one retake, if necessary, that must occur at the end of the fourth semester.

6. Beginning with the fourth semester the student enrolls in specialization courses and electives in economics. Students may also wish to enroll in courses in mathematics or related areas to facilitate their dissertation research.

7. During the third year of enrollment the student enrolls in seminar workshops and is expected to prepare a research paper suitable for publication. The paper is written under the direction of a faculty mentor.

8. The faculty mentor would ordinarily become the student’s thesis advisor in the fourth year of study during which the student writes the dissertation.

9. In the fall semester of the fourth year students fulfill the fourth-year seminar requirement by presenting a seminar (their “job market” paper) to faculty and students.

Starting in Fall 2018, the Ph.D. program in economics incorporates several changes to improve the Ph.D. program, including reducing the number of core courses, facilitating earlier transition to specializations and research, and providing additional milestones on the path to final dissertation. This information shall be included online over the summer. For additional details, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies in Economics, Dr. Tarun Sabarwal (


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