Typical minimum math requirements for admission are two years of calculus, a course in linear algebra, and a statistics course. Some background in reading and writing proofs is also a good idea, and many PhD students will have taken a course in real analysis. (If you want to pursue theoretical econometrics, you would want to learn some measure theory at some point, too. But you could do that.
Once upgraded to PhD status, a student concentrates on his or her PhD dissertation. In general the thesis format is either in the form of a book divided into chapters, or of three or more connected articles; in either case, the Faculty has a strict limit of 60,000 words. As research progresses, there will be opportunities to present work in progress at research workshops attended by Faculty.
All students must also take the empirical methods course (Econ 512) in the second year and the research exposition course (Econ 597E) in the fall of the third year. Candidacy Exams Students are assigned a research project in the sequence of their choice (microeconomics, macroeconomics or econometrics) to complete during the summer and turn in before the beginning of the third semester, during.
Please note that either MATH 146 (Statistics) or COMP 146 (Statistics) is a prerequisite for ECON 272. Second-Stage Writing Requirement Students majoring in Economics will satisfy the Second-Stage Writing Proficiency Requirement by arranging (with the instructor) for ECON 272 or an eligible ECON 300-level course to be designated as the student's writing course.
I got into two top 10 U.S Phd programs this year, after Honours at an Australian Go8 uni and with almost no formal math on my transcript. At the first, my uni had sent several people there over the past few years, so they already knew our program prepared students well. At the second, my admit was put on the auto reject pile for lack of mathematics, and was only rescued by one of my supervisor.
ECON-611 Math for Economics. This is a front-loaded class that introduces advanced mathematical techniques used in first year PhD courses. These include, topics in Logic, Real Analysis, Optimization, Matrix Algebra, Differential Equations, Probability Theory and Stochastic Processes.
Admission to Econ PhD Programs: Comments, Advice, and Speculation from a Recent Applicant Tony Williams (Johns Hopkins University) Background I’ve noticed that advice for potential applicants to econ PhD programs varies substantially based on who’s giving the advice. Most notably, I am always shocked when I see comments such as this on message boards or the econphd.net decision tables.
An economics PhD is one of the most attractive graduate programs: if you get through, you have a high chance of landing a good research job in academia or policy - promising areas for social impact - and you have back-up options in the corporate sector since the skills you learn are in-demand (unlike many PhD programs). You should especially consider an economics PhD if you want to go into.