Description The PhD program is a research-oriented degree program. It is designed to enable students to concentrate in a specialized field, and to provide them the opportunity to do original, fundamental research in that field. The program prepares students for a teaching and/or research career in universities, research institutions, businesses and in the government. The PhD program focuses on original research by the student, but also requires course-work. Doctoral students proceed from admission to the program, to candidacy for the degree, and then to defense of the thesis. Each has a thesis supervisor who oversees the student’s research. Students obtain candidacy by successful completing of a qualifying examination. A full-time student making good progress is expected to be able to complete the PhD degree in four years. The first two years of the program will normally be devoted to coursework, leading to the major field examination and a research paper. After that, the student will begin to write the thesis. Research Foci Besides microeconomics, macroeconomics, and econometrics, the Department’s research areas focus on: economic growth and development, industrial organization, international economics, China economy, experimental and behavioral economics, and labor economics. economics Admission Requirements i. General Admission Requirements Applicants seeking admission to a master’s degree should have: obtained a bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution, or an approved equivalent qualification; ii. English Language Admission Requirements You have to fulfill English Language requirements with one of the following proficiency attainments*: TOEFL-iBT 80 TOEFL-pBT 550 IELTS (Academic Module) Overall score: 6.0 and all sub-scores: 5.5 iii. Program-Specific Admission Requirements Applicants should have a satisfactory score in GMAT or GRE, on top of (i) and (ii) above *If your first language is English, and your bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification was awarded by an institution where the medium of instruction was English, you will be waived from fulfilling the above English Language requirements.