Twin Cities Campus
Applied Economics Ph.D.
College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
Link to a list of faculty for this program.
Department of Applied Economics Graduate Program, 231 Ruttan Hall, 1994 Buford Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55108-6040 (612-625-3777; fax: 612-625-6245)
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
The Ph.D. degree program in applied economics prepares students for careers in academia, government, and the private sector. This rigorous program includes core coursework in economic theory, quantitative methods, and two fields of specialization selected from the following: consumer behavior and household economics; production and marketing economics; trade and development economics; natural resource and environmental economics; health economics; labor economics; and policy analysis.
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.
The minimum preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is a B average (3.00/4.00). Most admitted students will have a higher GPA.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
Applicants for the Ph.D. degree should have completed an M.S. degree in economics, agricultural economics, or a related field; or have equivalent coursework and research experience. Applicants without a master's degree are, except in a few special cases, considered for admission into the M.S. program. Prior training should include micro- and macro-economic theory at the master's level, multivariate calculus, differential equations and linear algebra, and mathematical statistics. Students lacking background in economics or quantitative methods may be required to complete additional coursework before entering the program.
Special Application Requirements:
Applicants must submit scores from the General Test of the GRE, three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant's scholarship and research potential, a complete set of college or university transcripts, and a clearly written statement of academic and career interests, goals, and objectives. For complete application instructions, visit the website: http://www.apecgrad.umn.edu/Admissions/index.htm. Students should apply by the December deadline to ensure priority consideration for admissions and funding.
Applicants must submit their test score(s) from the following:
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
The preferred English language test is Test of English as Foreign Language.
Key to test abbreviations (GRE, TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
24 credits are required in the major.
0 credits are required outside the major.
24 thesis credits are required.
This program may be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
A minimum GPA of 3.00 is required for students to remain in good standing.
Most students take at least 40 credits of coursework and must take 24 thesis credits. Required courses in microeconomic theory, macroeconomic theory and applied econometrics and at least two-thirds of the remaining credits included in the PhD degree program are to be completed on the A-F grade basis. The student must pass a written preliminary exam in microeconomic theory and at least one field examination in one of the seven Ph.D. fields offered by the Applied Economics Graduate Program. In addition, there is a requirement for a qualifying paper written in the second year of the program. After passing the written preliminary examinations, the student must take a preliminary oral exam. This exam can be on coursework, a thesis prospectus, or some combination. It is administered by a committee of four persons, to include three from the Applied Economics Graduate Program and one other graduate faculty from outside the program. At the conclusion of the thesis research, students complete a final oral examination, which consists of a public seminar (in which the candidate presents the thesis) and a closed meeting between the candidate and the appointed examining committee. For more details, please see the Graduate Program Handbook weblink: http://www.apecgrad.umn.edu/ServicesandResources/index.htm