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Ph.D. Program

The goal of the Ph.D. program is to educate students in the fundamentals of microeconomic theory, macroeconomic theory, econometrics, and application to primary and secondary fields of study, culminating in the writing and defending of the Ph.D. dissertation. Our training includes implementation and interpretation of mathematically rigorous models, with an emphasis on the application to a wide variety of phenomena that lend themselves to logical analysis. Our goal is to provide students the tools to prepare them for academic and non-academic positions in the private and public sectors, as well as domestic and international job markets.

For complete policies and procedures, please refer to the Ph.D. Handbook.

The program is designed to start in the fall semester. During the 42 credit hours, knowledge is assessed via a combination of graded coursework, qualifying examinations in core subjects (microeconomic theory, macroeconomic theory, and econometrics) and qualifying examinations and/or papers in the primary field. Aside from coursework, competence is assessed via students’ written work in the form of 2nd and 3rd year papers, presentations in the workshops of their choice, and the dissertation itself (18 credit hours). Ph.D. students have written dissertations on a wide range of topics, which can be viewed here:

The dissertations written by Clemson Ph.D. students are a testament to the fact that virtually any topic can be analyzed within the framework of economics.

For more information about our Ph.D. graduate program, please email Curtis Simon, Ph.D.