Economics (PhD)

Graduate fields include macroeconomics; applied econometrics; game theory; economic growth and development; industrial organization; and international, labor, public, environmental, and behavioral-experimental economics. A detailed description of degree requirements may be obtained from the department website.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Exhibit mastery in core microeconomic, macroeconomic, and econometric concepts. Students show proficiency in graduate level foundations in economics through required course grades and qualifying exams.
  • Exhibit mastery of the literature, empirical tools and theoretical models used in specific fields of microeconomics and macroeconomics. Through choosing two specific fields in economics, and completing five additional electives, students show mastery of specific areas of economics in which they will pursue original research topics.
  • Teach foundational, intermediate and field courses at the undergraduate level. By serving as graders, teaching assistants with sections, and instructors of record, our graduate students are prepared to develop and teach curriculum as tenure track professors.
  • Identify and answer original research questions in microeconomics and/or macroeconomics. Through focused field classes, a third-year paper, and writing a dissertation, our students develop the ability to identify and conduct original research.
  • Communicate original research, both written and verbal. By writing a field paper, and proposing, writing, and defending a dissertation, our graduate students develop the ability to communicate economic research both through their writing and orally.

Doctor of Philosophy

Degree Requirements

A PhD in economics prepares students to teach at liberal arts and research universities; to work in state, federal, and international organizations; and to conduct research or work as a consultant for private industry. Graduate students seeking the PhD degree in economics at the University of Oregon must complete the following departmental requirements as well as all university requirements. Except for EC 601 Research: [Topic], EC 603 Dissertation, EC 605 Reading and Conference: [Topic], and EC 606 Practicum: [Topic], economics courses must be taken for letter grades.

EC 607Seminar: [Topic] (Core Microeconomic Theory (Three Terms)) 11-5
EC 607Seminar: [Topic] (Core Macroeconomic Theory (Three Terms)) 11-5
EC 607Seminar: [Topic] (Core Econometrics (Three Terms)) 11-5
EC 607Seminar: [Topic] (two-term sequences) 21-5
EC 601Research: [Topic] 36
EC 607Seminar: [Topic] (five courses) 41-5
EC 603Dissertation 418

Time Limits

The seven-year time limit for completion of PhD degree requirements begins with the first term of admission—either conditional or unconditional—as a doctoral student at the university. The required year of residency on the Eugene campus, passing of comprehensive examinations for advancement to candidacy, and completion of the doctoral dissertation must all be accomplished within this seven-year limit.

Courses other than those described above and courses taken elsewhere may not be substituted without approval of the PhD program committee and the department head. In no instance can the qualifying examination be waived.

Students in the PhD program may apply to be awarded a master’s degree upon completion of the master's program requirements and the approval of the master's program advisor.

Detailed information is given on the department’s website.