Post-Second Year Requirements

Course Requirements Effective Fall Quarter 2012:

The required two-quarter thesis paper and presentation course sequence is designed to assist students in beginning their dissertation and advancing to candidacy. Each student must satisfactorily complete the following courses:

3rd Year: Fall Quarter 3rd Year: Spring Quarter
  • ECON 296: Original Research Paper
  • ECON 285: Pre-Candidacy Presentation
  • Complete remaining electives
  • ECON 285: Pre-Candidacy Presentation
  • ECON 286: Graduate Research Presentation Workshop
  • ECON 296: Original Research Paper
  • Complete remaining electives

Satisfactory completion of the courses ECON 285 and ECON 286 is defined as obtaining grades of satisfactory (S). All students are expected to advance to candidacy before the start of their fourth year. Students are strongly urged to schedule their CPHIL exam prior to the first day of instruction in fall quarter of their fourth year.

Selecting a Faculty Advisor:

By the end of the second year, students are strongly recommended to obtain an advisor whom they shall retain until candidacy. This advisor typically but not invariably becomes the student's dissertation advisor. It is the student's responsibility, with the help of the Vice Chair of Graduate Studies, to find an advisor. Students are urged to approach faculty they are interested in early, as a faculty member with an already heavy advising load is not expected to take on further students. Students may change advisors at any time provided they have found a replacement. However, change of advisor will not be acceptable as an excuse for failure to complete any of the above on time unless explicitly approved by the Department’s Vice Chair of Graduate Studies.