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Actuarial Sciences
African Studies 016
Anthropology 070
Art History 082
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Asian Studies 098
Atmospheric Science 107
Biochemistry 115
Biomedical Engineering 125
Biotechnology 126
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Cell and Developmental Biology 148
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Chemistry and Chemical Biology 160
Chemistry and Personal Care Chemistry
Chinese 165
Cinema Studies 175
Civil and Environmental Engineering 180
Classics 190
Cognitive Science 185
College Teaching 186
College and University Leadership 187
Communication, Information and Library Studies 194
Communication Studies
Comparative Literature 195
Computational Biology and Molecular Biophysics 118
Computer Science 198
Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies (CHAPS)
Curatorial Studies
Drug Discovery and Development
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
Endocrinology and Animal Biosciences 340
Engineering Geophysics
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English, Literatures 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
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German 470
Graduate Student Professional Development 486
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Industrial and Systems Engineering 540
Industrial Relations and Human Resources 545
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Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program 554
International Agriculture
Italian 560
Jewish Studies 563
Kinesiology and Applied Physiology
Labor and Employment Relations
Landscape Architecture 550
Latin American Studies
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Linguistics 615
Literature and Language 617
Literatures in English
Materials Science and Engineering 635
Mathematical Finance 643
Mathematics 640, 642, 644
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 650
Medicinal Chemistry 663
Medieval Studies 667
Microbial Biology 682
Microbiology and Molecular Genetics 681
Molecular Biophysics 696
Molecular Biosciences 695
Music 700
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Oceanography 712
Operations Research 711
Perceptual Science
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Pharmaceuticals and Clinical Trials Management 725
Pharmacology, Cellular and Molecular 718
Philosophy 730
Physics and Astronomy 750
Physiology and Integrative Biology 761
Planning and Public Policy 762
Plant Biology 765
Political Science 790
Psychology 830
Psychology, Applied and Professional
Public Health 832
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Quality and Reliability Engineering
Quaternary Studies 841
Russian, Central and East European Studies 859
Science and Technology Management 885
Social Work 910
Social Work: Administration, Policy and Planning, and Direct Practice
Sociology 920
Spanish 940
Statistics and Biostatistics 960
Financial Statistics and Risk Management 958
Theater Arts
Toxicology 963
Urban Planning, City and Regional
Visual Arts
Women's and Gender Studies 988
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The master of arts (M.A.) and doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) are full-time day degree 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 with an exam. Under the first plan, students take 30 hours of coursework 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 semester courses in microeconomic theory and macroeconomic theory, one course in statistical methods, and two courses in econometrics.

The Ph.D. program consists of coursework, qualifying examinations, and the dissertation. The Ph.D. requires 48 credits of coursework (16 courses). Because students are not permitted to take more than four courses a semester, coursework 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 semester. 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 consists of written tests in microeconomic theory and macroeconomic theory. Students are expected to take these written tests after one year of coursework. The second part of the qualifying examination requires successful completion of two elective fields and must be fulfilled after passing the microeconomic and macroeconomic theory examinations. Each student must successfully complete the two elective fields by obtaining a minimum grade of B+ in two field courses.

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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