PhD Curriculum

In the first year students take core curriculum in Microeconomic Theory, Econometrics, and Macroeconomic Theory. Additionally, students take an course in mathematical economics and a course on introductory research methods.

During the second year and third year students complete their coursework in specialized fields and begin the transition to independent researcher. The courses and workshops often lead to collaborations between students and faculty. In the third year, students participate in the 3rd Year Paper Conference.

Beyond the third year, students work towards the completion of their dissertation. Most students complete the program in five years.

1st Year Course Sequence

There are nine core courses (27 semester hours) in the doctoral curriculum; two each in micro and macro theory, three in econometric methods, one in mathematical economics, and a research methods course.

ECO 5405Mathematical EconomicsECO 5932
Introduction to Research
ECO 5115Microeconomic Theory IECO 5116Microeconomic Theory II
ECO 5204Macroeconomic Theory IECO 5207Macroeconomic Theory II
ECO 5416Econometrics IECO 5423Econometrics II

Fall Second Year

Econometrics Field Course

Core Examinations

Following completion of the first two core courses in microeconomics and macroeconomics, students are expected to demonstrate their competence by passing doctoral core examinations. These exams are offered in May, with an opportunity to retake the exam in August. See the Guide to Graduate Studies in Economics for details.

Fields of Specialization

The Department regularly offers many fields of specialization. These include: Applied Econometrics, Experimental and Behavioral Economics, Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics, Industrial Organization, Labor Economics, Law and Economics, Population Economics, Public Economics, and Urban Economics. Other fields may be offered if sufficient interest exists. Students must select at least two fields of specialization. One of the field areas, but not both, may be drawn from outside the Department, subject to the prior approval of the Graduate Committee and the host department.

Elective Courses

A Ph.D. student must complete at least 54 semester hours of graduate-level coursework. The ten courses in the core account for 27 hours, while field courses generally account for another 12. The remaining hours are elective. To apply to the 54 hours, an elective course must be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies in advance. No more than six hours of Directed Individual Study (DIS) or Graduate tutorial course work may count toward the 54 hour requirement.

Supervised research and teaching (ECO 5914 and 5940) do not contribute to the required 54 semester hours. Likewise, dissertation credits (ECO 6980) and preliminary preparation hours (ECO 6960) do not count toward satisfying this requirement. However, graduate hours earned at FSU or elsewhere leading to the Master’s degree in economics and/or accepted graduate-level transfer credits may be applied to the 54-hour course work minimum for the Ph.D., with prior approval of the Director of Graduate Studies.