Financial Economics PhD

Degree Requirements

The following requirements are in addition to, or further elaborate upon, those requirements outlined in The Graduate School Policy Guide.

Total Units Required: 18

Course Title
Core Courses
ECON 410-1Microeconomics
ECON 410-2Microeconomics
ECON 410-3Microeconomics
ECON 411-1Macroeconomics
ECON 411-2Macroeconomics
ECON 411-3Macroeconomics
ECON 480-1Econometrics
ECON 480-2Econometrics
ECON 480-3Econometrics
Field Sequences
Nine Approved Field Courses that must include:
At least two courses in Asset Pricing
Asset Pricing I
Asset Pricing II
Asset Pricing III
At least two courses in Corporate Finance
Corporate Finance I
Corporate Finance II
Corporate Finance III
Two approved Economics field sequences of at least two quarters each
At least one course in Economic History
American Economic History
European Economic History

Other PhD Degree Requirements

  • Examinations: satisfactory grades in each of the three core areas (microeconomics, macroeconomics, and econometrics); oral examination for approval of dissertation prospectus
  • Finance Comprehensive Exam: Students must pass a Finance Competence Requirement. This can be done by achieving a 3.6 GPA across the six finance doctoral courses (FINC 585-1 Asset Pricing IFINC 585-2 Asset Pricing IIFINC 585-3 Asset Pricing III and FINC 586-1 Corporate Finance IFINC 586-2 Corporate Finance IIFINC 586-3 Corporate Finance III), or by passing a comprehensive Finance exam. The Exam takes place at the beginning of the summer quarter of the second year, typically in June.
  • Research/Projects: two research papers presented in the student seminar (ECON 501-0 Graduate Student Seminar) or equivalent
  • PhD Dissertation: original, independent research
  • Final Evaluations: oral dissertation defense
  • Supervised Teaching Experience