Typical Course Schedule
 Graduate Program Department of Economics ◊ University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 

Each semester, students select their courses in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies and other faculty. Listed below is a typical schedule for a student in the first three years of the program. In the remaining semesters, a student registers for only the dissertation research course, Econ. 994, under the direction of the dissertation advisor.

During the first year, students take core courses in econometrics, macroeconomics, microeconomics, and quantitative methods. First-year students who have completed Ph.D. level courses elsewhere should meet with the DGS to discuss the possibility of more advanced courses in economics, mathematics or statistics. Students register for Econ. 700 as a Fall Semester course but complete the work in daily sessions during the three weeks before classes begin.


 

First Year
Three Weeks before the Fall Semester
 Econ. 700: Quantitative Methods
Fall Semester Spring Semester
Econ. 710: Microeconomics Econ. 711: Microeconomics
Econ. 720: Macroeconomics Econ. 721: Macroeconomics
Econ. 700: Quantitative Methods Econ. 771: Econometrics 
 
Econ. 770: Econometrics
Microeconomics and Macroeconomics Qualifying Exams 
shortly before Fall Semester of the 2nd Year

During the second year, students usually begin taking field courses.  Econometrics is not necessarily required in the second year but students who will/might write empirical dissertations should take econometrics courses during both semesters.  Students who do not take econometrics both semesters should talk with the Director of Graduate Studies and faculty in their major fields about their dissertation interests.  Econ. 871 is a time series econometrics course for students in fields related to macroeconomics; Econ. 873 is a cross-sectional/panel data econometrics course for students in applied microeconomic fields. Students majoring in econometrics or financial econometrics should consult the DGS and faculty in the field for other requirements in statistics and/or finance.  Also consult the specific course requirements for each of the major/minor fields.  Course sequences occasionally begin in the second semester, and in these cases students should talk with the DGS and other faculty regarding course selection and the timing of the major field qualifier (paper or exam).  Many students complete the requirements for two minor fields, which is certainly permitted but is not required.
 

Second Year
FallSemester Spring Semester
Econ. 870: Econometrics Econ. 871 or 873: Econometrics
1st Course in Major Field  2nd Course in Major Field
1st Course in Minor Field (or supporting course if econometrics is the minor field) 2nd Course in Minor Field (or supporting course if econometrics is the minor field)
Major Field Paper or Exam shortly before Fall Semester of the 3rd Year

During the first semester of the third year, students take a seminar course in the major field and often complete any remaining course requirements other than the dissertation research course.  If a desired elective or required course is not offered in the fall, students may take only one course in the fall semester of the third year and the remaining course in the spring semester of the third year.  In this case students would not register for Econ. 994 until the fall semester of the fourth year.
 

Third Year
Fall Semester Spring Semester
Seminar Course in Major Field Econ. 994 (394)
Elective Course or Additional Requirements for Major Field  

Course credit is not offered, but beginning no later than the third year students should be regularly attending the workshops in their major fields.  Most graduate students must be registered as full-time students.  You must be sure that you satisfy the requirements each fall and spring semester.
 

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