Year 2: Field Qualifying Examinations

All graduate students must take written qualifying examinations in two fields of specialization. Students prepare for these examinations in the second year by completing graduate courses offered in their chosen fields. It is Department policy that students be prepared in at least one applied field to avoid narrow specialization at this stage of their careers.

Fields Available in the Economics Department:

  • Advanced Economic Theory
  • Comparative Economics
  • Development Economics
  • Econometrics
  • Economic Demography
  • Economic History
  • Economics of Institutions
  • Finance
  • Financial Economics
  • Industrial Organization
  • International Economics
  • Labor Economics
  • Law and Economics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Mathematical Economics
  • Political Economics
  • Psychology and Economics
  • Public Finance


Alternative fields offered by another department or designed by the student may be substituted for one of the fields above, if approved by the Graduate Committee. Alternative fields may include Education and Economics, Health Economics, Resource Economics, Urban and Regional Economics or City and Regional Planning.

Year 3: Qualifying Exams