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PhD Economics

 Course Level
PhD
 Type
Full Time

 Duration
5 Years
 Start month
September

 Tuition fee

International
43450 USD
National
43450 USD

Application fee

International 90 USD
National 90 USD
Department
Department of Economics
Scores accepted
7

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About this course

Graduate instruction in the Department of Economics is designed to lead to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in economics. The general purpose of the graduate program is to provide thorough training in both the techniques and the applications of economic analysis.

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Eligibility Criteria

The Graduate School requires that all non-native speakers of English who have not earned their undergraduate degree in a U.S. college or university and who scored below a 28 on the Speaking sub-section of the TOEFL iBT or below an 8.0 on the Speaking sub-section of the IELTS have their oral English proficiency evaluated by the ELP staff. At the start of the fall term, such students will be given placement tests to evaluate their oral English proficiency by the ELP staff. The Graduate School has established that passing either the placement test or the Princeton Oral Proficiency Test (POPT) qualifies a graduate student to be appointed as an assistant in instruction (AI) and attests to the student’s basic proficiency in spoken English. The proficiency levels on the placement test are as follows:

  • Students who test at the advanced level will be eligible to teach whenever they are appointed as AIs and will not be required to participate in ELP classes.
  • Students who test at the high-intermediate level are required to participate in the ELP oral communication classes during their first semester of study. This will include four hours of coursework. These students are eligible to take the POPT upon successful completion of their first term in ELP classes.
  • Students who test in the low-intermediate level are required to participate in 5 hours of coursework, plus one tutorial hour during their first two semesters at Princeton, and will only be eligible to take the POPT after successful completion of two semesters in ELP classes.
  • Students who test in the low-intermediate level are required to participate in 5 hours of coursework, plus one tutorial hour during their first two semesters at Princeton, and will only be eligible to take the POPT after successful completion of two semesters in ELP classes.

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Course Modules

Ph.D. Requirements: 
Courses:

First-year students are required to take ECO 501 and 502 (microeconomics), ECO 503 and 504 (macroeconomics) and ECO 517 and 518 (econometrics). The students must pass all six courses with a minimum grade point average of 2.5 or above, and a grade of C minus or better in each course. There is also a mandatory course in research ethics to be completed in the spring of the first year. Students are expected to take at least six advanced courses during their second year and pass these with a minimum grade point average of 2.5 or above. Up to two of the six courses can be taken outside the department at the discretion of the director of graduate studies (DGS). Additionally, Directed Research (ECO 506), where a student carries out research under the supervision of a faculty member and presents results, may count toward the six-course requirement. Students may take courses in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and other departments. In addition, students are encouraged to do independent work and to participate in several workshops sponsored by the department.
General Exam:

At the end of the second year, students are required to take examinations in two fields that are usually chosen from among the following: (1) advanced macroeconomic theory, (2) advanced microeconomic theory, (3) econometrics, (4) economic development, (5) financial economics, (6) health economics, (7) industrial organization, (8) international money and finance, (9) international trade, (10) labor economics, (11) political economy, and (12) public finance. Each field examination will be associated with a number (in most cases two) of courses. Students are advised to consult with appropriate faculty members on the extent and the coverage of the fields. To complete the general exam requirement, a student must pass two field examinations with a B minus or better.  

Dissertation and FPO:

After passing the required courses, field exams, and third-year paper, students may progress to writing the dissertation. They will work with an adviser (often the third-year paper adviser) and at least two other faculty readers to compose a dissertation on an original topic. When it comes time to schedule a defense, the complete dissertation should be presented to the principal thesis adviser one month before the reader report is due to the graduate administrator. The date and time for the final public oral examination should be chosen at least four weeks in advance, and all paperwork submitted to the graduate administrator with adequate time to prepare for the Graduate School deadline (two weeks before the defense date).

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How to Apply

Application Requirements:

  • Statement of Academic Purpose
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Recommendation Letters
  • Transcripts
  • Fall Semester Grades
  • Prerequisite Tests
  • English Language Tests

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