Ph.D. in Economics
The Ph.D. in economics program at the University of South Florida allows students
to specialize in health economics as well as in other applied areas of microeconomics.
This degree prepares students for careers as professional economists in academia,
business and government.
The program consists of required courses, field courses, and secondary/support courses.
Upon completion of all coursework and passing of the qualifying examinations in
microeconomics/mathematical economics and econometrics, students enter candidacy
where they must successfully complete and defend a doctoral dissertation. More details
on these requirements can be found the Department's
Handbook for Doctoral Students and in the
USF Graduate Catalog.
Required coursework for the Ph.D. includes the following:
- ECO 6115 Microeconomics I
- ECO 7116 Microeconomics II
- ECO 6206 Macroeconomics I
- ECO 7207 Macroeconomics II
- ECO 6405 Mathematical Economics I
- ECO 7406 Mathematical Economics II
- ECO 6424 Econometrics I
- ECO 6425 Econometrics II
- ECO 7426 Econometrics III
Students must complete at least two field sequences from within economics. Each
field sequence is comprised of two courses for a total of four field courses. The
Department currently offers fields in the economics of health care, industrial organization,
public sector economics, urban and regional economics, and economic development
and international trade.
The secondary/support field is a three-semester sequence of coursework from outside
of economics such as finance or statistics. The selection of courses must be approved
by the graduate programs coordinator.
Students may take additional economics elective courses or courses from outside
of the department should they so choose or should such courses be deemed necessary
preparation for the dissertation.
To be eligible to graduate, in addition to the requirements stated above, students
must satisfy all Graduate School graduation requirements such as maintaining an
overall and economics GPA of at least 3.0 and meeting residency requirements.
A brochure describing the Ph.D. program
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