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The PhD program focuses on a solid core curriculum in economic theory and econometrics. In addition, a number of specialized fields of study are offered: economic development, economic history, human resources and demography, industrial organization and game theory, international trade and finance, labor economics, natural resource and environmental economics, public economics, urban and regional economics, and advanced theory and econometrics.
The satisfactory completion of a total of 48 semester hours of course work and 30 hours of dissertation research are required. First year courses include Microeconomic Theory I and II, Macroeconomic Theory I and II, Mathematical Statistics for Economists, and Econometrics. These courses are followed by three preliminary exams prior to the start of second-year course work. In the second year, students take Advanced Economic Theory and five upper level electives. In year three, two additional electives and two semesters’ research colloquium are required. Students then complete an oral comprehensive exam. Conducting dissertation research and completing a dissertation are the final steps for completion of the degree.
- Carefully review information contained on the graduate webpage for the Department of Economics: www.colorado.edu/Economics/graduate
- Have a solid background in mathematics.
- All International applicants must submit a TOEFL score, including a speaking section , unless English is the native language in your country of citizenship. NO EXCEPTIONS–even if you attended college in an English-speaking country
For minimum requirements, refer to the "Admissions" section of the Overview page on the graduate website for the Department of Economics. We cannot evaluate credentials until an application has been submitted.
Financial support is available to PhD students in the form of teaching and research assistantships, instructorships and fellowships. For more information, please read the "Funding" section of the Overview page on the graduate website for the Department of Economics.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Please do not send any materials other than those listed in the “Apply” section of the ECON webpage: http://www.colorado.edu/Economics/graduate/. Do not mail any materials that you have or will be submitting with your online application.
To ensure that materials you send to us are matched with your application file, print a copy of your application as a cover sheet for the items you mail to Admissions.
University of Colorado Boulder
Department of Economics
Boulder, CO 80309-0256