Sep 15, 2019  
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
    
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog

Doctor of Philosophy in Economics


A person who has earned the doctorate in economics is qualified both to teach economics at the university level and to do original research in academe, government, and the private sector. The doctoral program in economics features a strong core of courses in theory and econometrics and a focus on the four applied fields of labor economics, public finance, financial economics, and econometrics. Other fields may be approved by the department’s director of graduate studies, subject to student demand and faculty availability.

The doctoral program in economics also offers a concentration in econometrics and statistics in which a student specializing in econometrics may earn an M.S. in Applied Probability and Statistics while enrolled in the Ph.D. in Economics program.

Check departmental information for any additional requirements.

The student learning outcomes for this degree are located at http://www.niu.edu/assessment/clearinghouse/outcomes/index.shtml.

Course Requirements


All doctoral students must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 60 semester hours of graduate course work, and no more than 12 semester hours may be from 500-level courses.

Core Courses


Field Requirements


Student must complete two of the following fields:

Course work in other applied fields may be obtained by consulting the department’s director of graduate studies.


Research-Tool Requirement


The Department of Economics research-tool requirement is fulfilled by successfully completing ECON 590, ECON 591, ECON 690, ECON 691, and ECON 692A, which are required in the doctoral program.

Joint M.S. in Applied Probability and Statistics


Students in good standing in the Ph.D. in Economics program may request approval by the Division of Statistics to also earn an M.S. in Applied Probability Statistics while they work toward their Ph.D. in Economics. These students must fulfill the requirements for the Econometrics field above in addition to the course work listed below and any thesis or comprehensive exam requirement within the Division of Statistics.

Admission to Candidacy


All students are required to take candidacy examinations in microeconomic theory and in macroeconomic theory. Students must take the candidacy examination in microeconomics the first time it is offered after satisfactory completion of ECON 660 and ECON 760 and must take the candidacy examination in macroeconomics the first time it is offered after satisfactory completion of ECON 661 and ECON 761. A student who fails either of these examinations may, with the permission of the examining committee, repeat it after the lapse of at least one semester. A student who fails either of these examinations a second time will be dismissed from the doctoral program.

After successfully completing the candidacy examinations and two courses in an applied field, a Ph.D. student is required to enroll in the Research Seminar in Economics (ECON 796) to write a professional and original research paper in one of their fields of study under the guidance of a research adviser chosen by the student. The paper will be evaluated by the research adviser and two additional faculty members approved by the research adviser. Upon receiving a satisfactory evaluation, the student will be admitted to candidacy. The Ph.D. research paper must be successfully evaluated within one year of the initial enrollment in ECON 796 and must be presented in the weekly research seminar (ECON 798). Failure to complete the Ph.D. Research Paper within one year after the initial enrollment in ECON 796, will result in dismissal from the doctoral program. Under exceptional circumstances, the student and their research adviser may submit a written request to the department’s Graduate Committee requesting an extension of this time limit.