Doctor of Philosophy
In addition to completing the general requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy, prospective candidates must pass a preliminary, two-part comprehensive examination, as well as demonstrate advanced knowledge in one field of concentration. At the discretion of each Field, the field requirement may be met by either an examination or a paper. The candidate is required to complete the comprehensive examination at the end of the first year (in June). Field examinations ordinarily will be taken at the first opportunity following the end of the fourth semester in the program and must be taken before the beginning of the sixth semester. If the Field requires a paper the prospective candidate must complete the paper by the first day of classes of the Fall semester following their second year.
A dissertation proposal should be presented to the faculty within three semesters of completing the field requirement. The Ph.D. dissertation must be written, approved, and defended within seven years of matriculation into the program.
A detailed statement of departmental requirements for the Ph.D. may be obtained http://artsandsciences.virginia.edu/economics/graduate/phd/index.html.
While not offering a terminal master’s program, the Department does award a master’s degree to students as part of the Ph.D. sequence. A candidate must complete 30 credits of course work, including Microeconomic Theory I (ECON 7010), Macroeconomic Theory I (ECON 7020) and Econometrics (ECON 7710 or 7720), as well as pass the preliminary comprehensive examination on core economic theory and econometrics. All requirements must be completed within five years of matriculation.
The Tipton R. Snavely Prize
The Tipton R. Snavely Prize of $1,500 is awarded triennially to the student submitting the most meritorious dissertation for the Ph.D. degree in Economics.
In addition, a Snavely Prize of $1,500 is awarded annually to the most meritorious dissertation proposal.
The Thomas Jefferson Center for Studies in Political Economy
The Thomas Jefferson Center for Studies in Political Economy, established in 1957, facilitates research efforts in the department of economics. Specific activities of the Center have included sponsoring visiting scholars and professors, sponsoring lectures and seminars, awarding fellowships, and publishing research results.