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Typical Ph.D. Program

The following is a typical program of courses for students seeking the Ph.D. degree full-time. Any economies course numbered 500 or higher can qualify as an elective, however, no more than half of the students credit hours may be from 500-level coursework. Additionally students in the Ph.D. program are required to complete two fields consisting of two 700-level courses in one of the four fields we specialize in (Labor, Public, Financial, or Econometrics). Students in the Ph.D. program may take up to nine credit hours from outside the department subject to approval by the Director of Graduate Studies unless that student is also working toward their M.S. in Statistics and Probability.

 Year One | Fall Semester

  •  Economics 590: Economics Statistics and Econometrics (3)
  •  Economics 591: Mathematical Methods for Economists (3) {first three weeks of the semester only}
  •  Economics 660: Microeconomic Theory I (3) {starts after the completion of ECON 591}
  •  Economics 661: Macroeconomic Theory I (3) {starts after the completion of ECON 591}

 Year One | Spring Semester

  • Economics 690: Econometrics I (3)
  • Economics 692: Methods in Economics (1)
  • Economics Graduate Field Course or Elective (3)
  • Economics 798: Current Research Colloquium (1)

 Year One | Summer

  • Microeconomic Theory Comprehensive Examination
  • Macroeconomics Theory Comprehensive Examination

 Year Two | Spring Semester

  • Economics 648: Introduction to Game Theory (3)
  • Economics Graduate Field Course or Elective (3)
  • Economics Graduate Field Course or Elective (3)
  • Economics 798: Current Research Colloquium (1)
  • Retake Comprehensive Examinations - second attempt (if needed)

Year Three | Fall Semester

  • Economics 796: Research Seminar in Economics (3)
  • Economics Graduate Field Course or Elective (3)
  • Economics Graduate Field Course or Elective (3)
  • Economics 798: Current Research Colloquium (1)

Year Three | Spring Semester

  • Economics 796: Research Seminar in Economics (3) or Economics Graduate Field Course or Elective (3)
  • Economics Graduate Field Course or Elective (3)
  • Economics Graduate Field Course or Elective (3)
  • Economics 798: Current Research Colloquium (1)

Year Four | Fall Semester

  • Economics 799: Doctorial Research and Dissertations (8)
  • Economics 798: Current Research Colloquium (1)

Year Four | Spring Semester

  • Economics 799: Doctorial Research and Dissertations (8)
  • Economics 798: Current Research Colloquium (1)

While the degree may be earned in a little as four years, students receiving funding and in good standing will be funded for five years. Students have ten years to complete the degree according to the Limitations of Time requirements set by the Graduate School. Before registering for ECON 799 students must complete a Ph.D. Research Paper and have it successfully evaluated by three members of the graduate faculty and present the paper before the department as part of the ECON 798 Current Research Colloquium series. Students that do not pass the comprehensive exams a second time will be allowed to complete their spring semester of their second year and earn their terminal M.A. degree. Students seeking employment in the private or public sectors will generally begin the job market process in the Fall semester of their fourth or fifth year.

Contact Us

Dr. Jeremy R. Groves

Director of Graduate Studies
Zulauf Hall 505
Phone:815-753-5747
email: jgroves@niu.edu

Debra Woolbright

Graduate Secertary
Zulauf Hall 515
Phone:
email: dwoolbright@niu.edu