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Economics

The PhD program focuses on a solid core curriculum in economic theory and econometrics. Beyond this, we offer a number of specialized fields of study: econometrics, economic development, economic history, environmental and natural resources economics, industrial organization, international trade and finance, and labor economics.

Degrees Offered:

Degree Details: 

PhD
The satisfactory completion of a total of 48 semester hours of course work and 30 hours of dissertation research is 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 the second-year. 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. Most students begin dissertation research in the second semester of their third year. Conducting dissertation research and completing and defending the dissertation are the final steps for completion of the degree.

Admissions Requirements: 
  1. Carefully review information contained in the “Admissions” and “Apply” sections of the  graduate webpage for the Department of Economics: http://www.colorado.edu/Economics/graduate/index.html
  2. Have a solid background in mathematics. See department webpage for more information.
  3. All International applicants must submit a TOEFL score, including a speaking section unless English is the native language in your country of citizenship. Otherwise, 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: 

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 graduate webpage for the Department of Economics: http://www.colorado.edu/Economics/graduate/index.html

Applicant Instructions: 

Do not submit research papers or any other materials not listed in the “Apply” section of the ECON webpage: http://www.colorado.edu/Economics/graduate/. If you submit items not on the list, they will not be reviewed and processing of your application may be delayed.  Do not mail any materials submitted online. This will cause duplication that may delay processing of your application. Ordinarily, only transcripts are mailed. Before submitting anything not on the list or mailing anything in addition to your transcripts, please send an email query to econ@colorado.edu.  

Fall Domestic Application Deadline: 
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Fall International Application Deadline: 
Monday, December 1, 2014
Contact Information: 

University of Colorado Boulder
Department of Economics
Economics 222
256 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0256
Phone: 303-492-6396
Fax: 303-492-8960

Where To Send Your Materials: 

Application Mailing Instructions

Domestic Applicants:

Transcripts should be sent directly to Graduate Admissions. Transcripts must be official copies and should include ALL post-secondary academic work completed to date, including courses appearing as transfer credit on other transcripts, credits earned in study abroad programs, and courses taken for college credit while in high school. Copies of transcripts mailed in unsealed envelopes and sent directly by applicants are NOT official transcripts.

For standard international mail or mail within the US, including USPS Priority and Express:

Graduate Admissions
University of Colorado Boulder
3100 Marine Street, Suite A122
553 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0553 USA

For overnight or express mail (DHL, FEDEX, UPS):

Graduate Admissions             
University of Colorado Boulder                     
3100 Marine Street , Bldg RL3, Suite A122
553 UCB
Boulder, CO 80303-1058 USA                                                                                                                              
Phone:  (303) 492-6301
  

All International Applicants

Transcripts should be sent directly to Office of Admissions/International.  Transcripts must be official copies and should include ALL post-secondary academic work completed to date, including courses appearing as transfer credit on other transcripts, credits earned in study abroad programs, and courses taken for college credit while in high school. Copies of transcripts mailed in unsealed envelopes and sent directly by applicants are NOT official transcripts.

For standard international mail or mail within the US, including USPS Priority and Express:

Office of Admissions/International
University of Colorado Boulder
3100 Marine Street, Suite A122
65 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0065 USA

Overnight/Express Mailing Address (DHL, UPS, FedEx)          

Office of Admissions/International               
University of Colorado Boulder                     
3100 Marine Street, Bldg RL3, Suite A122
65 UCB
Boulder, CO 80303-1058 USA

Phone: (303) 492-6301