Financial aid may be awarded in the form of Graduate Teaching Assistantships or Graduate Research Assistantships. First consideration for financial aid is given to applications received before February 1. To be considered for GTAs, international students must include a score from the Test of Spoken English or a TOEFL-iBT examination that includes a speech component. A minimum iBT speaking score of 24 or an IELTS speaking score of 8 or a score of 50 on the TSE or SPEAK tests.
Visit the Graduate Studies website for information about funding opportunities for graduate students at KU.
Financial Aid and Scholarships administers grants, loans, and need-based financial aid.
Admission to Graduate Studies
An applicant seeking to pursue graduate study in the College may be admitted as either a degree-seeking or non-degree seeking student. Policies and procedures of Graduate Studies govern the process of Graduate admission. These may be found in the Graduate Studies section of the online catalog.
Please consult the Departments & Programs section of the online catalog for information regarding program-specific admissions criteria and requirements. Special admissions requirements pertain to Interdisciplinary Studies degrees, which may be found in the Graduate Studies section of the online catalog.
Applicants to the Ph.D. program should have taken 3 courses in calculus (12 to 15 semester hours) and a course in linear algebra.
Applications submitted before February 1 receive first consideration for financial aid for fall admission. Applications may continue to be submitted until May 1 for fall admission. Applications submitted before November 1 receive first consideration for spring admission.
Submit your graduate application online. Send all other requested application materials to the department:
The University of Kansas
Department of Economics
1460 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 415
Lawrence, KS 66045-7514
Students whose native language is not English usually have difficulty in the program unless their English is excellent. The university accepts TOEFL and IELTS scores. The required scores are listed below.
|TOEFL (paper)||TOEFL (CBT)||TOEFL (iBT)||IELTS|
|All part scores at least 53||All part scores at least 20||Reading, Listening, and Writing part scores at least 20||Minimum overall score 6.0 with no part score below 5.5|
Ph.D. Degree Requirements
In addition to meeting general requirements, the Ph.D. candidate in economics must complete a minimum of 54 credit hours of course work, at least 48 of which must be in economics.
- All Ph.D. candidates must complete these core courses in economic theory and quantitative methods
ECON 800 Optimization Techniques I 3 ECON 801 Microeconomics I 3 ECON 802 Microeconomics II 3 ECON 809 Optimization Techniques II 3 ECON 810 Macroeconomics I 3 ECON 811 Macroeconomics II 3 ECON 817 Econometrics I 3 ECON 818 Econometrics II 3 MATH 727 Probability Theory 3 MATH 728 Statistical Theory 3
- Course work beyond these required core courses is a matter of choice for the student in consultation with his or her graduate advisor. The graduate advisor develops a program to assist the student in specialized interests. Each program must include a sufficiently broad range of topics in economics to prepare the student for comprehensive examinations.
Ph.D. degree aspirants must pass written qualifying examinations in microeconomics and macroeconomics after completion of the core courses in these areas, ordinarily at the beginning of the fourth semester of full-time study. A student who does not pass a qualifying examination may be permitted 1 retake, ordinarily at the end of the fourth semester of full-time study
Fields of Specialization
Each student must demonstrate competence in at least 2 fields of specialization in economics by completing 2 courses in each of these areas. Current fields of specialization include financial economics, economic development, industrial organization, international economics, labor economics, econometrics, economic history, economic theory, and macroeconomics.
Seminar-Workshops and Responsible Scholarship
Beginning in the third year of the program, each student must enroll in ECON 910 and attend the weekly department seminars for 6 continuous semesters. Every doctoral student is required to have training in responsible scholarship pertinent to economics research. Each semester there will be 1 90-minute seminar on this topic led by either a faculty member or a visiting speaker.
Each student must complete a third-year seminar paper. This would typically be in one of the fields of specialization. Usually the third-year paper becomes part of the student’s doctoral dissertation.
Comprehensive Oral Examination
Upon completion of most of the course work and other requirements for the doctoral degree, inclusive of research skills and residence requirements, the student must prepare a dissertation proposal under the direction of a thesis advisor and pass a comprehensive oral examination related to the dissertation proposal.
Following the comprehensive oral examinations, the candidate must organize and write a dissertation on his or her chosen topic under the supervision of a dissertation committee.
Final Oral Examination
The candidate must defend the dissertation successfully in a final oral examination.
Plan of Study
|ECON 800||3||ECON 809||3|
|ECON 801||3||ECON 810||3|
|MATH 727||3||MATH 728||3|
|ECON 802||3||ECON 818||3|
|ECON 910||1-3||ECON 910||1-3|
|Total Hours: 66-78|