Brandeis International Business School

PhD Curriculum

Program Timeline

After completing field courses, usually in one or two years, students take examinations in Applied Methods and one of their choosing among International Economics, Finance, International Business, and International Development.

First Year
  • Econ 301a: Advanced Micro Economics I (4 credits)

  • Econ 302a: Advanced Macro Economics I (4 credits)

  • Econ 303a: Advanced Micro Economics II (4 credits)

  • Econ 304a: Advanced Macro Economics II (4 credits)

  • Econ 311a: Econometrics I (4 credits)

  • Electives

End of first year: Qualifying exams in micro theory and macro theory.

Second Year
  • Econ 312a: Econometrics II (4 credits)

  • Econ 307f: Applied Methods I (Macro) (2 credits)

  • Econ 340f: Applied Methods II (Micro) (2 credits)

  • Econ 399a: PhD Dissertation Workshop (4 credits*)

  • Electives

End of second year: Field exams in applied methods and one additional field chosen by student (international macro; finance; trade; development; international business.)

Third Year
  • Econ 399a: PhD Dissertation Workshop (4 credits*)

  • Third year paper requirement

Fourth Year and Beyond
  • Econ 399a: PhD Dissertation Workshop (4 credits*)

Core Curriculum (28 credits)
  • Econ 301a: Advanced Micro Economics I (4 credits)

  • Econ 302a: Advanced Macro Economics I (4 credits)

  • Econ 303a: Advanced Micro Economics II (4 credits)

  • Econ 304a: Advanced Macro Economics II (4 credits)

  • Econ 311a: Econometrics I (4 credits)

  • Econ 312a: Econometrics II (4 credits)

  • Econ 307f: Applied Methods I (Macro) (2 credits)

  • Econ 340f: Applied Methods II (Micro) (2 credits)

Field Concentrations:

All students will write two field exams at the end of their second year. The students will write one field exam in applied methods (required) and one field exam in one of the following areas:  international economics, finance, trade, development, international business.

Applied Methods (Required)

  • Econ 311a: Econometrics I (4 credits)

  • Econ 312a: Econometrics II (4 credits)

  • Econ 307f: Applied Methods I (2 credits)

  • Econ 340f: Applied Methods II (2 credits)

Finance

  • Fin 270a: Options and Derivatives I (4 credits)

  • Fin 271a: Options and Derivatives II (4 credits)

  • Fin 305f: Asset Pricing (2 credits)

  • Fin 306f: Corporate Finance (2 credits)

International Economics

  • Econ 330a: International Macroeconomic/Topics (4 credits)

  • Econ 360a: International Trade (4 credits)

  • Econ 261a: Empirical Trade (4 credits)

International Business

Two semesters of Finance field courses (8 credits) or International Economics field courses (8 credits) plus either Bus 398a, Independent Study (4 credits) or a set of MBA courses (4 credits) approved by the MBA and PhD Program Directors.

Development

Any two of the required International Economics field courses (8 credits) plus a PhD development class (4 credits) approved by the PhD Program Director.


* credits do not count towards graduation requirement