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2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Economics PhD

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Economics is a science that deals with the allocation of scarce resources to satisfy competing ends. It deals with choices that individuals, corporations, investors and governments make to maximize individual welfare, as well as with the way that efficient markets, trade, and exchange operate to enhance economic growth, and social welfare. Our internationally distinguished faculty provide our students knowledge that will help expand their employment and earning opportunities in the private and public sectors, and apply economic principles in their daily lives.

PhD Degree Guidelines

Upon entry, students are advised by the Director of Graduate Studies. During the third year, the major supervisor of the dissertation will become the student’s advisor

Credit Hours

The minimum credit hour requirement for the PhD track is 72 credit hours. Of these, a minimum of 36 credits must be earned in economics courses. The remaining 36 credit hours may be earned from graduate courses inside or outside the department and from Independent Study, Supervised Research or Thesis Guidance in Economics.

In selecting all outside courses, students must seek advice from their doctoral dissertation committees or from the Director of Graduate Studies (if such committees are not yet in place). Please note: Inappropriate outside course selection against advice may affect a student’s financial aid decision.

All students are expected to maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (B) at all times.


Required Core (21 credits)

Elective Courses (21-30 credits)

  • All ECO 7XX/8XX (except ECO 797 or ECO 798)
  • Two courses may be from other departments 

Informal Courses (0-6 credits)

Dissertation (1-24 credits)

Instruction Method

  • In Person (100 percent of courses offered in person)

Full/Part Time Options

  • Full Time

Credits Required

  • 72 Hours


  • 5 Years

Application Fee

  • $75

Admissions Tests**

  • GRE

Program Contact

Jameson Yu
429 Fronczak Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260
Email: ecoma@buffalo.edu
Phone: 716-645-8679
Fax: 716-645-2127

SED Statement

This program is officially registered with the New York State Education Department (SED).

Online programs/courses may require students to come to campus on occasion. Time-to-degree and number of credit hours may vary based on full/part time status, degree, track and/or certification option chosen. Time-to-degree is based on calendar year(s). Contact the department for details.

** At least one of the admissions tests are required for admission. Test and score requirements/exceptions vary by program. Contact the department for details.

Total Credit Hours: 72

3.0 Degree GPA required

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