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African Studies 016
Agricultural Engineering
Alcohol Studies 047
Animal Sciences 067
Anthropology 070
Art History 082
Arts, Visual and Theater
Asian Studies 098
Biochemistry 115
BIOMAPS 118 (Programs in Quantitative Biology)
Biomedical Engineering 125
Bioresource Engineering 127
Biotechnology 126
Cell and Developmental Biology 148
Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology
Ceramic and Materials Science and Engineering 150
Chemical and Biochemical Engineering 155
Chemistry 160
Civil and Environmental Engineering 180
Classics 190
Cognitive Science 185
Communication, Information, and Library Studies 194
Communication Studies
Comparative Literature 195
Computer Science 198
Curatorial Studies
Ecology and Evolution 215
Economics 220
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Education 300
Educational Psychology; Educational theory, Policy, and Administration; Learning and Teaching
Electrical and Computer Engineering 332
Engineering Geophysics
English, Literature In (English 350, Composition Studies 352)
English as a Second Language 356
Entomology 370
Environmental Change, Human Dimensions of 378
Environmental Sciences 375
Food and Business Economics 395
Food Science 400
French 420
Geography 450
Geological Sciences 460
Geospatial Information Science 455
German 470
History 510
Human Resource Management
Industrial and Systems Engineering 540
Industrial Relations and Human Resources 545
Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program 554
Italian 560
Labor and Employment Relations
Library Studies
Linguistics 615
Literatures In English
Mathematics 640, 642
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 650
Mechanics 654
Medicinal Chemistry 663
Medieval Studies 667
Microbiology and Molecular Genetics 681
Molecular and Cell Biology 695
Molecular Biophysics 696
Molecular Biosciences
Music 700
Neuroscience 710
Nutritional Sciences 709
Oceanography 712
Operations Research 711
Packaging Science and Engineering
Pharmaceutical Science 720
Pharmacology, Cellular and Molecular 718
Philosophy 730
Physics and Astronomy 750
Physiology and Integrative Biology 761
Plant Biology 765
Plant Pathology
Plant Science and Technology
Political Science 790
Psychology 830
Psychology, Applied and Professional
Public Health 832
Public Policy
Quaternary Studies 841
Russian, Central and East European Studies 859
Social Work 910
Social Work: Administration, Policy and Planning, and Direct Practice
Sociology 920
Spanish 940
Statistics 960
Theater Arts
Toxicology 963
Urban Planning and Policy Development 970
Urban Planning, City and Regional
Visual Arts
Wireless Communications Certificate
Women's and Gender Studies 988
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The M.A. and Ph.D. are full-time day programs. Entering M.A. and Ph.D. students are expected to have a basic knowledge of calculus (differential and integral) and linear algebra, which are used in the basic microeconomics and statistics courses. Courses 16:220:500, 501, 502, 504, 505, 506, and 507 are prerequisites for each elective field course.

The M.A. program offers students two options, one with a master`s essay and one without. Under the first plan, students take 30 hours of course work and complete a master`s essay. The oral examination in defense of the essay, which serves as the comprehensive examination for the master`s degree, includes tests on economic theory and quantitative methods. Students who complete 30 credits and pass the theory portions of the Ph.D. qualifying examination can earn the M.A. degree without writing a master`s essay. Students in the M.A. program are required to take two term courses in microeconomic theory and macroeconomic theory, one course in statistical methods, and two courses in econometrics.

The Ph.D. program consists of course work, qualifying examinations, and the dissertation. The Ph.D. requires 48 credits of course work (16 courses). Because students are not permitted to take more than four courses a term, course work for the Ph.D. requires at least two academic years to complete. Graduate and teaching assistants normally are not permitted to take more than three courses a term. The master of philosophy degree is available to doctoral candidates.

Ph.D. students take one course in mathematical methods, two courses in microeconomic theory, two courses in macroeconomic theory, 6 credits in statistical methods and econometrics, one course in economic history, and one course in either applied microeconometrics or macroeconometrics. The balance of the course of study is determined by each student`s requirements. To ensure breadth of coverage, each Ph.D. student is required to take at least two courses in two elective fields offered in the program.

There are nine elective fields: economic theory, econometrics, economic history, monetary theory, public finance, development economics and economic systems, international economics, labor and human resources, and industrial organization.

The first part of the Ph.D. qualifying examination is a written test in microeconomic theory and macroeconomic theory. Students are expected to take this part after one year of course work. The second part of the qualifying exam, consisting of exams in two elective fields, must be taken within 18 months of successful completion of the microeconomic and macroeconomic theory examinations. A student who fails any written examination must retake it at the next examination period. (Examinations are given twice yearly.)

Doctoral students also are required to complete a second-year research paper over the summer of their second year and write a dissertation proposal in the summer of their third year. The dissertation, which is written under the supervision of a faculty committee, must be defended in a final examination before the student`s committee.

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