2019-2020 PhD Degree Requirements

[Students whose catalog year is 2017 or prior should check their degree requirements by accessing the University Catalog, Archived Catalogs. Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.]

In addition to the requirements cited in the University Catalog and on the College of Humanities and Social Sciences website, the following requirements also apply:

  • 72 credit hours must be applied to the degree
  • At least 42 credit hours must be earned as a degree-seeking student in the Economics PhD program at George Mason University (see Transfer Credit and Reduction of Credit)
  • 18 credit hours of core coursework must be applied to the degree (exceptions or waivers must be approved by the PhD Director):
    • 6 credit hours of Microeconomic theory (ECON 811 and 812)
    • 6 credit hours of Macroeconomic theory (ECON 715 and 816)
    • 3 credit hours of Mathematical Economics (ECON 830) or Mathematical Economics II (ECON 831)
    • 3 credit hours of Econometrics (ECON 637)
  • All students must complete the micro and macro theory course sequences even if they have taken similar courses at another institution. Exceptions will not be granted.
  • Must pass two qualifying exams - micro and macro (see Qualifying Exams)
  • Two or more courses in each of two fields must be completed prior to taking field exams (see Field Exams)
  • Must pass two field exams (see Field Exams)
  • DISSERTATION CREDITS – The amount of dissertation credits required is determined by the amount of coursework credit completed. May apply a minimum of 12 dissertation credits and a maximum of 24 dissertation credits (998 and 999 combined) to the degree. Must complete a minimum of 3 credits 999.
  • Must pass a final public defense of the doctoral dissertation
  • Up to 6 credit hours of Mason coursework may be taken outside of the Economics department (through another discipline) with the approval of the PhD Director
  • Up to 6 credit hours of coursework may be taken through the Consortium with the approval of the PhD Director
  • Up to 6 credit hours of directed readings (ECON 896) may be applied toward degree requirements
  • Students must advance to candidacy within 6 years after first enrollment and must complete dissertation requirements and graduate within 9 years after first enrollment
  • Must have a minimum GPA of 3.00 in course work, which may include no more than 6 credits of C