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New admissions and program requirements for the Fall 2017 class will be published soon. Please check back regularly before completing the application.

Download our 12-page Ph.D. graduate program brochure for more information about admission, how long it takes to earn a Ph.D. and more.

The Department of Economics offers a program leading to the Ph.D. degree in Economics designed to provide students rigorous training in economic theory and quantitative skills as well as an intensive exposure to several specialized areas of Economics. The Ph.D. training provides skills needed in academic, government, or business careers.

Graduate students in the University of Houston Department of Economics are subject to all regulations of the Graduate School and the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. The rules are found in the University of Houston Graduate Catalog, which can be found online at The requirements discussed below are additional requirements that apply to graduate students in economics.

Read more in the Ph.D. graduate program brochure (PDF).

The Doctoral Program in Economics

The new doctoral student begins a year of intensive course work in microeconomic theory, macroeconomic theory, statistics, and econometrics. During the summer after the first year, the student is required to take the economic theory comprehensive exam. Upon receiving a grade of "superior" in both the micro and macro parts of the exam, the student becomes a candidate for the Ph.D. degree.

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