Program instruction is separated into three general phases:

First Phase Formal coursework in core and domain/methodology courses.
Second Phase Devoted to directed study in close consultation with faculty in preparation for an academic career.
Final Phase Individual research required for the student’s dissertation. This includes identification of topic, theory development and supporting data collection, as well as completion of analysis, interpretation and written dissertation.

Core Courses

The core curriculum consists of a mathematics review course and two course sequences designed to ensure that students are educated in the fundamentals of economic and social sciences. Typically, core courses will be taken in the first and second years.

In addition to the standard curriculum, individual students may be required to take additional courses depending upon their educational background. The time devoted to these studies depends on a student's prior preparation, but generally requires two years.

The core course sequence includes microeconomics, econometrics and introduction to management research.

Domain/Methodology Courses

The domain/methodology course requirement helps the student acquire the deep domain knowledge and methodological skills required to conduct research in their areas of interest.

Students will take a minimum of six courses in conjunction with a faculty adviser, to develop these research skills. Most of these courses are taken in the first and second years. Additional courses required for transition from coursework to thesis include literature review, critique and presentation courses.

Courses in the second and third years focus on problem identification, development and presentation.

If you have any questions, please contact the Rady Ph.D. Graduate Coordinator at