University of Arkansas

Walton College

The Sam M. Walton College of Business

Economics Ph.D

The objective of the Ph.D. program in Economics is to prepare students for careers in teaching, research, government agencies, and business in the United States and abroad. The course of studies provides a solid foundation in economic theory, econometrics, and various applied fields. Students will gain technical proficiency in the core disciplines, learn to develop independent models, and undertake empirical research in an applied field of study.

Economics Faculty

The Sam M. Walton College of Business, Department of Economics faculty team is poised to serve the students of the University of Arkansas with the highest quality of education. Economics faculty, along with all Walton College faculty and staff, believe in the directive set forth by Chancellor Gearhart to put Students First. Click here to learn more about the faculty of the Economics Department.

Curriculum

All doctoral candidates must satisfactorily complete the 39 hours of course work listed below. Students must also register for graduate seminar each semester they are in residence. Ph.D. students will have two fields of study, which will normally be a) Industrial Organization and b) International Macroeconomics and Development. Students will select one field as a major field and must pass the Field Examination in that area. This exam will normally be completed in the summer after a student’s second year in the program. All students in the program participate in Candidacy Examinations. The successful student must pass written exams in microeconomics and macroeconomics. A dissertation and dissertation defense complete the program requirements.

Course Listing

Fall - Year 1
Spring - Year 1
Fall - Year 2
Spring - Year 2

Fields of Study

At the beginning of the second year of study students will choose a field of study. These fields include: Industrial Organization and International Macro and Development. Students in the Ph.D. program will consult with the economics Ph.D. coordinator to determine the appropriate field for the individual’s abilities and talents.




Admissions Requirements for the Ph.D. Programs

Prerequisites for the Ph.D. in Economics include intermediate microeconomic theory, intermediate macroeconomic theory, two semesters of calculus, statistics, and linear algebra. Applicants to the program are required to take the GRE and complete the Sam M. Walton College of Business Ph.D. Application for Admission. For more information about the program or the admissions process, contact Dr. Gary Ferrier, Ph.D. Program Coordinator, at gferrier@walton.uark.edu. Application deadline is January 15th.



 

Frequently Asked Questions

No. Students may apply to the program with a Bachelors Degree. However, a student who already has a Masters Degree in Economics from the University of Arkansas or elsewhere may be able to finish the doctorate in a substantially shorter period of time.

Most students must first earn a masters degree and then apply for entry to the doctoral program. Prerequisites for the Ph.D. in Economics include intermediate microeconomic theory, intermediate macroeconomic theory, two semesters of calculus, statistics, and linear algebra. Applicants to the program are required to take the GRE and complete the Sam M. Walton College of Business Ph.D. application for admission.

Ph.D. students at the Walton College of Business may be eligible to receive funding. A student can receive either a 12-month graduate assistantship ($17,400 annually), a doctoral academy fellowship ($27,400 annually), or a distinguished doctoral fellowship ($37,400 annually). Funding is based upon GPA and GMAT scores. Students work half-time (20 hours a week) teaching and/or conducting research. This financial assistance may be renewed for up to four years. For more information about funding, contact the Graduate School of Business at gsb@walton.uark.edu.

Students typically teach 6 hours or 2 courses per year. However, you will not teach your first semester in the program. Prior to asking you to step into the classroom, we prepare you to teach effectively by requiring participation in our Doctoral Teaching Seminar during the first semester. This seminar, along with support from our Center for Teaching Effectiveness and Faculty Development, provides the resources you need to excel.

 

Economics Ph.D Degree

Economics Ph.D

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