Dissertation proposal credits (ECON 998)


Dissertation Proposal credit (ECON 998) is taken by students who have finished their coursework, but have not yet advanced to candidacy. Some students choose to begin taking ECON 998 while completing their final coursework. ECON 998 is a variable credit course, which means that the student can choose the number of credit hours to be assigned to the course.

Only those students who have passed qualifying exams (micro and macro), both field exams, and submitted a Program of Study to the Graduate Coordinator will be given a course registration number.

Course registration numbers (CRNs) for ECON 998 are controlled by the Economics Graduate Studies Office. These numbers change every semester, so dissertation proposal students must request a new code each semester.

Instructions for Requesting CRNs

  1. You must use your Mason email account to request this code. No replies will be made to non-Mason email accounts.

  2. To request a code, you must email egibson5@gmu.edu with the following information:

  • full name
  • G#
  • dissertation advisor
  • number of credit hours requested
  • copy of email approval from your dissertation advisor (for initial and for continuous enrollment requests)

 3.  The Economics Graduate Studies Office will reply to your email with the CRN.

Any requests that do not meet the above requirements will not be acknowledged.

Any requests for exceptions to the above must be submitted in writing to the Director of Graduate Programs, Professor Carlos Ramirez.

Other Relevant Information

Students who have not completed a Program of Study will not be given CRNs for ECON 998 until it has been submitted to the Economics Graduate Studies Office.

Enrollment in three (3) credits of 998 is considered full-time enrollment.

Students enrolled in ECON 998 or ECON 999 must maintain continuous registration until the dissertation is deposited with the Library. Students who fail to maintain continuous registration are required to pay for missed credits during the semester that they return.

No late enrollments after the last day to add each semester will be approved.

These courses are graded IP until the dissertation has been successfully defended, at which time they are changed to S.


Last updated:  11/28/22