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Graduate Catalog 2017/2018


Economics (ECO)

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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
CIP Code: 45.0601
College of Arts and Sciences (AS)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 72
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Masters Degree): 42

Contact Information:
College of Arts and Sciences
Economics Department (ECN)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue CMC342
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Andrei Barbos
Phone: 813-974-6514
Email: abarbos@usf.edu

Website: http://www.economics.usf.edu/


Faculty Search: Arts and Sciences Faculty List


Major Information


The Doctor of Philosophy in Economics prepares students for careers as professional economists in business and government.

Major Research Areas
Health Economics, Industrial Organization, International Trade/Economics Development, Public Economics, Urban and Regional Economics

 

Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools (SACS)

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Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

Major Priority Deadline

Fall: January 31
Spring: ---
Summer: ---

Graduate Admission Application Deadlines

MASTER'S AND
EDUCATION SPECIALIST DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

June 1

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

June 1

September 15

February 15

DOCTORATE DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

February 15

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

February 15

September 15

February 15


Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions), as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

Program Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited university or international equivalent
  • 3.00 GPA or better in all upper division undergraduate classes
  • Must have taken the GRE within the preceding five years with target scores of 65 percentile on the verbal portion and 65 percentile on the quantitative portion.
  • International applicants from non-English-speaking countries must also have a TOEFL score of 550 or higher on the written version, a minimum score of 213 on the computer-based test or a 79 on the Internet-based test.
  • Minimum of 2 courses in calculus*
  • Minimum of 1 course in probability and statistics*
  • Undergraduate intermediate-level microeconomics and undergraduate intermediate-level macroeconomics*

*Applicants must earn a grade of B or better in each of these courses.

Admissions Status: Apply

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Major Requirements

REQUIRED COURSES

 

Credits

CORE REQUIREMENTS

27

ECO6115
ECO6206
ECO6405
ECO6424
ECO6425
ECO7116
ECO7207
ECO7406
ECO7426

Microeconomics I
Macroeconomics I
Mathematical Economics I
Economics I
Econometrics II
Microeconomics II
Macroeconomics II
Mathematical Economics II
Economics III

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3

Fields

12

Select two pairs from the groupings below or from other pairs that the department may choose to offer:

ECP6536
ECP7537

ECS6015
ECO6706

ECP6405
ECP7406

ECO6505
ECO6525

ECP6614
ECP6624

Economics of Health Care I
Economics of Health Care II

Economic Development
International Trade: Theory and Policy

Industrial Organization I
Industrial Organization II

Public Finance
Public Sector Economics

Urban Economics
Labor Economics I

3
3

3
3

3
3

3
3

3
3

 

ELECTIVES/DIRECTED RESEARCH/DISSERTATION

33

Of this 33 hours minimum at least six hours must be met with additional graduate-level structured coursework approved by either the Graduate Director or the student's (Co-) Major Professor(s) and at least 21 hours by a combination of Directed Research (EDO 6917) and Dissertation (EDO 7980) with Dissertation comprising at least 11 of these 21 hours.

 

QUALIFYING EXAMINATION

The qualifying examination is offered in two parts. The first part covers Mathematical Economics I (ECO 6405), Mathematical Economics II (ECO 7406), Microeconomics I (ECO 6115), and Macroeconomics I (ECO 6206). The second part covers Microeconomics II (ECO 7116), Econometrics II (ECO 6425), and Econometrics III (ECO 7426).

 

DISSERTATION REQUIREMENTS

11

ECO7980

Dissertation: Doctoral (minimum)

11

Graduation Requirements:

  • Complete 27 credit hours of required coursework with required GPA
  • Complete 12 credit hours of economics field coursework with required GPA
  • Complete all credit hours of electives, of which there must be at least six with the required GPA.
  • Pass both parts of the qualifying examination
  • Complete at least 21 credit hours of directed research/dissertation with a minimum of 11 of these credit hours being dissertation.
  • Write and successfully defend the doctoral dissertation proposal
  • The sum total of elective/directed research/dissertation credit hours must be at least 33.
  • Write and successfully defend the doctoral dissertation.
 
Students with MA Degrees in Economics from External Institutions
Students who already hold an MA degree in Economics from an external institution prior to entering the PhD program are offered the opportunity to take the First-Year Qualifying Examination in the summer before entering the program. Students who chose this option and pass the exam are waived from taking the associated four required classes: Mathematical Economics I, Mathematical Economics II, Microeconomics I, and Macroeconomics I. In addition, the total number of coursework credit hours for these students is reduced from 45 to 39. The minimum total number of graduate level credit hours required is still 72. Students who choose to take the First-Year Qualifying Exam, but do not pass, will take these four required courses during their first year in the program. They will then take the First-Year Qualifying Exam the following summer.

MINIMUM TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS

69

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College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.

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Financial Assistance


Financial Aid

Fellowships & Scholarships

Graduate Assistantships

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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at http://www.grad.usf.edu/orientation.php. Then go to http://oasis.usf.edu/ the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: https://netid.usf.edu/una/ to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: http://www.usf.edu/it/class-prep/usf-card.aspx to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.

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Graduate Course Information

Use the list below to lookup graduate courses related to this program in the USF Course Inventory:

ECO6405, ECO7406, EC6115, ECO7116, ECO6206, ECO6424, ECO6425, ECO7426, ECO6305, ECP6536, ECP7537, ECS6015, ECO670, ECP6405, ECP7406, ECO6505, ECO6525, ECP6614, ECP6624, ECO7980,