Good Academic Standing
Funding depends on a student maintaining "good academic standing" with the Department of Economics and the Graduate School. To maintain good academic standing, a Ph.D. student must:
- Maintain a grade point average of at least 3.0.
- Pass the mandatory core courses in the program.
- Pass both preliminary examinations during the summer of the first year of the program.
- Submit a research paper by the due date in the summer after the second year in the program.
- Have the research paper accepted by the due date in the fall semester of the third year in the program.
- Pass the Dissertation Proposal before the end of the third year in the program.
- Be judged by the Director of Graduate Studies to be making satisfactory progress on his or her dissertation, when the student is beyond the Dissertation Proposal stage.
Once a student is in the 6th year of the program or beyond, he or she is not in good academic standing, unless the Director of Graduate Studies has been supplied with convincing evidence, by the student and the student's dissertation supervisor, by the time funding decisions are made (typically the February before the current academic year) that: (i) there have been unusual circumstances that have impeded dissertation progress; (ii) the student will have the dissertation completed by the end of the upcoming academic year, and will be on the job market during the upcoming academic year.