Required Courses: Ph.D. Students must take 7 courses* (21 Credits) in the course of the Ph.D. Program. One of these courses must be a graduate level advanced or topics course offered by the department and one additional course must be in their chosen field (microeconomics, macroeconomics, or econometrics), which may be from another department or university. This additional course needs to be approved by the director of graduate studies. In addition, the director of graduate studies may require a student to take remedial courses.
Students are also required to take the following non-credit courses:
MATH-CAMP: A 3-week intensive math review before the beginning of the 1st semester. Although this is a non-credit course, it is graded and counts towards 10% of the grade in ECON 501. This course may be waived with the consent of the director of graduate studies.
ECON 695: Thesis Course (Required every semester after passing the Qualifying exam)
KOLT 500: Teaching Assistant Training and Workshops (all students are required to take these workshops in their first semester.)
TEACH 500: Teaching Experience during the semesters of their assignments. (all students must enroll to TEACH 500 every semester)
ETHR 500: Students must complete an online ethics course lates by 2nd Semester.
ENGL 500: Academic Writing (Advanced) course. (all students must complete this course in their second year)
ECON 590: Seminar Course (all students must take the seminar course every year)
Students must complete all the course requirements by the 4th semester or they will be dismissed.
Students must have a minimum of 3.00 GPA to graduate.
Taking Courses from different departments: Ph.D. students can take any course listed under the MA in Economics program as well as relevant graduate courses offered at KU or other universities with the approval of the program coordinator.
*As per YÖK Regulations maximum of 2 graduate level courses can be transferred from other universities for students with an MA/MS degree and 4 graduate level courses for students with a BA/BS degree. Taking courses from other universities are subject to the approval of the program coordinator.
Independent Study: Students may conduct independent readings and research on an academic topic of interest under the supervision of a faculty member for course credit. (Must be approved by the program coordinator.)
Undergraduate Courses: Undergraduate courses cannot be counted towards degree requirements. Ph.D. students may audit undergraduate courses with the approval of the course instructor.
Language Courses: Language courses cannot be counted towards degree requirements.
Transferring Courses from previous studies: Please consult with the office of GSSSH and then the program coordinator .
Appointing an advisor: Students are required to be assigned a thesis advisor latest by the end of their 2nd semester and turn in the advisor appointment form to GSSSH office.
Changing an advisor: Students may change their advisor subject to the consent of the new advisor and the program coordinator. They should notify the GSSSH office about the change as soon as it takes place.
Withdrawal of an advisor: If the advisor decides to discontinue monitoring the student’s thesis, then the student must immediately notify the program coordinator.
Secondary Advisor: Students may appoint more than one advisor. The second advisor may be from outside of KU.
Term to take the exam: Students are required to take the Qualifying Exam immediately after the end of their 2ndsemester. If the student fails to take the qualifying exam by the suggested term, then the student must submit a petition to GSSSH with the approval of the program coordinator.
Structure of the exam: Qualifying exam is composed of two parts: written and oral. The written exam covers 3 subjects: (1) Microeconomics, (2) Macroeconomics, (3) Econometrics. For each subject, the student receives a grade of Pass or Fail.
Students who fail the exam: Students who receive a Fail grade in any of the 3 subjects have to take the qualifying exam again the next time it is offered but only on that subject. Students who receive a Fail grade twice on any subject is dismissed from the program.
Qualifying exams are usually held in June and December of each year.
Exam jury members: Ph.D. Qualifying Exam Committee must have at least 5 members, of which at least 2 members must be outside of KU. Students must bring the Jury appointment forms to the GSSSH office after completed. Please see Ph.D. Milestones for details and jury appointment forms:
One month after passing the qualifying exam, students are required to form a thesis monitoring committee.
* Please see Ph.D. Milestones for committee composition and appointment forms:
When to propose: Students are required to propose their thesis research within six months after passing the qualifying exam. All Thesis Monitoring Committee members must approve the proposal. Students who fail to propose their thesis by the suggested term must submit a petition to GSSSH with the approval of the advisor and the program coordinator.
Format of the thesis proposal:
When: After the thesis proposal, the student must meet with the thesis monitoring committee every six months. All Thesis Monitoring Committee members must approve the progress. If the student fails to meet with the committee members by the suggested term, then the student must submit a petition to GSSSH with the approval of the advisor and the program coordinator.
Research Paper: Every Ph.D. student needs to submit an original research paper at the end of their 5th semester. This paper needs to be approved by the student’s thesis advisor as well as the director of graduate studies and may constitute a part of the Ph.D. thesis of the student.
Forms Required: * Please see Ph.D. Milestones for committee for thesis proposal forms:
3 Articles: Thesis can be structured as a series of at least 3 journal articles that can be submitted for publication to academic journals in the field. You should discuss the details first with your supervisor before opting for this method.
Traditional format: Thesis can also be written in a form of a book consisting of chapters.
COMPOSITION OF THE THESIS JURY:
Thesis jury is composed of Thesis Monitoring Committee + 2 members. Thesis jury must have 2 members from another university. The 2nd advisor may attend meetings. Jury must be appointed by the department and approved by the Graduate School. Members of this committee must be affiliated with a University or an Academic Institution and must at least hold an Assistant Professor Degree.
Forms Required: * Please see Ph.D. Milestones for committee for thesis proposal forms:
Final draft of the thesis must be sent to all the appointed Jury members 3 weeks before the defense date in a hardcopy format.
Students must notify the Graduate School of their defense date and provide announcement information 2 weeks before the defense date.
Forms Required: * Please see Ph.D. Milestones for committee for thesis defense forms:
Except for official holidays when the University is closed graduate students are expected to be on campus fulfilling their degree requirements. During summer months graduate students who are on scholarships can take paid vacation (maximum two weeks) upon the recommendation of their advisors and the program coordinator. Otherwise they all have to be on campus.
Long-Term Leave of Absence: Students may hold their studies up to two consecutive semesters with the approval of their advisor, program coordinator and the graduate office. Their stipends will also be on hold in these terms. Students who would like to expand their hold beyond two consecutive semesters will have to consult with the program coordinator and the graduate school and students may lose their stipends and benefits and may be subject to pay registration fee.
TA / RA DUTIES:
All students are appointed as teaching assistants at the beginning of each semester. Faculty members may also seek research assistance from students. Please find the TA/RA regulations set by the graduate school in this link . Please note that the task found in the enclosed link is not exhaustive.
All GSSSH students are expected to be present for proctoring exams (including make-up and amnesty exams) of the courses they are assigned to. They may also be asked to proctor exams for courses which they are not assigned to as TAs. These extra proctoring assignments would not exceed 4 per academic year. Proctoring assignments will be done centrally by the graduate office. Proctoring may be necessary on weekends, late evenings, or times outside of regular hours.
All grievances should be first communicated to the program coordinators.