Curriculum and Structure – PhD in Economics

The PhD in Economics at Miami Herbert unfolds as an integrated program of advanced study and research. Applicants should have an adequate academic background, personal maturity, and the ability to meet the program's high level of demand for initiative and scholarship.

Curriculum Overview

Being a student in the Economics doctoral program means a commitment to full-time and in-residence study.

The program includes 13 core courses, two courses in one field, one elective course, and the dissertation.

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Comprehensive Examinations

Students in good academic standing, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, are scheduled to sit for their Microeconomic and Macroeconomics Theory comprehensive examinations at the end of their second semester, and for the field comprehensive examination at the completion of their third semester.


A PhD candidate may begin working on the dissertation after the comprehensive examinations are successfully completed and the Dissertation Committee has approved the candidate's dissertation proposal (or prospectus).

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