The MA/PhD program is offered to superior applicants who have completed a baccalaureate degree and who seek careers in academic departments that focus on public policy and applied microeconomics, in nonacademic research organizations, in business and financial institutions, and in agencies of federal, state and local governments. The program is structured to develop the theoretical, quantitative, and statistical skills that are required to perform and interpret economic analyses on a wide range of policy-oriented issues. Our MA/PhD program is specifically designed to train students in the fields of labor, health, and public economics (including the economics of education, science and technology policy, urban economics, and resource and environmental economics).
The MA/PhD requires 75 semester hours and results in students earning both an MA and a PhD.
Admission to the program requires a completed baccalaureate degree and completion of undergraduate courses in Intermediate Microeconomics (ECO 301 Intermediate Microeconomic Theory at UNCG), Intermediate Macroeconomics (ECO 302 Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory at UNC Greensboro), Mathematical Economics (ECO 319 Quantitative Analysis at UNC Greensboro), and Economics and Business Statistics II (ECO 350 Economic and Business Statistics II at UNC Greensboro). Equivalent coursework in mathematics and statistics may substitute for the latter two. For information regarding deadlines and other requirements for admission, please see the Guide to Graduate Admissions."
Degree Program Requirements
Required: 75 credit hours
|Economic Theory and Mathematical Economics Requirements||18|
|Advanced Mathematical Economics|
|Advanced Microeconomic Theory|
|Applied Research Methods||9|
|Data Methods in Economics|
|Applied Policy Methods|
|Advanced Econometric Theory|
|Advanced Econometric Theory II|
|Empirical Field Courses||9|
|Select at least 9 hours of the following:|
|Topics in Economics|
|Independent Field Course|
|Research Seminar (Capstone Experience)||3|
|Public Policies Toward Innovation and Sustainability|
|Supervised Independent Field Research||12|
|Seminar in Empirical Economics|
|Seminar in Economic Research|
In addition to course requirements, students must pass two MA comprehensive examinations (one in economic theory and one in econometrics) and two PhD comprehensive examinations (one in economic theory and one in econometrics). Students must pass each MA comprehensive examination with a minimum grade of B-(2.7). Students who do not pass one or more (MA or PhD) examination(s) may retake the examination(s) one time.
Before registering for dissertation credit (ECO 799 Dissertation), PhD students must pass a written and oral preliminary examination administered by their dissertation committee before being admitted to candidacy for the doctoral degree. The preliminary examination is coordinated by the student’s dissertation committee chair and administered after the student has completed the required independent field research courses. After being admitted to candidacy for the doctoral degree, the candidate must prepare and present a dissertation that reflects an independent investigation of an economic topic that is acceptable in form and content to the student’s advisory/dissertation committee and The Graduate School.