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Ph.D. in Business Administration with a Concentration in Economics

The Department of Economics invites applications from those interested in the Ph.D. in Business Administration with a concentration in Economics. The next cohort is expected to begin coursework in Fall 2004.

Important Documents for Potential Students

Department's Graduate Studies Brochure

Department Information from Graduate Catalog

Financial Aid Options

Important Information Regarding Graduate Assistantships

Contact Information

Mr. Roger Wehr
Economics Graduate Advisor
Office 329, College of Business

This page contains general information about graduate studies in economics. Official information can be found in the Graduate Catalog.

General Information

In order to be considered for the doctoral program, an applicant must have at least 30 credit hours of graduate level coursework. For detailed information on the PhD program, please visit Here. Economics department plans to accept new students in the fall of 2004.

In order to begin the admissions process, the following items should be mailed directly to the Graduate School by the appropriate application deadline (Available here). The

  1. Completed Application Form Available Here

  2. Application Fee

  3. 200 Word Statement of Academic Intent

  4. Transcripts from previously attended education facilities/institutions

  5. Bank Affidavit and Financial Statement (International students planning to enter the US on a student visa)

  6. Official GMAT scores (Issued by the Educational Testing Service - ETS)

  7. Official TOEFL scores, if required (Issued by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) - minimum score 550, 213 computer-based)

These materials are initially reviewed and evaluated by the Graduate School. Once reviewed by the Graduate School, all of your documentation will be forwarded to Graduate Business Services for the review of the advisor for the program that you plan to pursue. Please forward only your recommendation forms/letters to:

UTA - Graduate Business Services Box 19376 Arlington, TX 76019-0376

Applicants meeting the general admission requirements of the Graduate School, including a satisfactory score on either the Graduate Record Examination or the Graduate Management Admission Test, may be admitted unconditionally to the program. Other applicants may be admitted if approved by the Graduate Advisor in economics and the Graduate Dean. Applicants admitted but not having 12 semester hours of advanced courses in economics or not meeting prerequisite requirements for core courses are admitted subject to conditions assessed by the Graduate Advisor in economics.

Application Deadlines

The Graduate School of the University of Texas at Arlington has strict deadlines for the application process. It is mandatory that students who wish to apply for the Ph.D. in Business Administration with a concentration in Economics do so before the deadlines pass. The exact deadlines can be accessed here.

It is important that these deadlines are respected. The Department of Economics cannot guarantee that applications received after the deadlines posted by the Graduate School will receive full consideration during the current recruiting season.

Applicants must be approved for admission by the Economics Department Ph.D. Advisory Committee. This committee makes admission decisions once a year each Spring. Students are encouraged to have all materials submitted well before January in order to be considered for admission the following September. An application from a student who does not meet the minimum admission requirements is referred to a College of Business admissions committee for consideration.

The major field in economics is designed for a student interested in business economics. A student electing this degree program is expected to take minor field in one of other business areas (a recommended minor field is finance). Business and government employ economists in a variety of positions, including econometric sales forecasting, public utility rate analysis, revenue forecasting for state and local governments.

Interest and loan demand forecasting, corporate planning, energy impact analysis, regional impact analysis, government regulation impact studies, industrial economics, international economics and others. The major field in economics under the Ph.D. in Business Administration will provide a student with the basic research skills and theoretical foundation required to function as a business economists. A student pursuing an academic career would be particularly well qualified to teach and conduct scholarly research in the applied area of economics and in his supporting fields.


The information contained in this document is directed towards those applicants who anticipate being full-time students. The department stresses that it encourages part time students to apply to the program. Part time students may have a slightly different program of study than that described here.

The Ph.D. in Business Administration is comprised of three areas of study, a major concentration (economics), a minor concentration and a research concentration. Those who have a masters in economics upon applying to the Ph.D. program can attempt to test out of the following courses: ECON5301 (Math for Economists), ECON5310 (Microeconomics I), and ECON5312 (Macroeconomics I). Failure on any particular part of the exam will require the student to sit for the regular course. The decision to test out of one or more courses is predicated upon unconditional acceptance to the Ph.D. in Business Administration with a concentration in Economics.

Students who do not have a Bachelor's of Business Administration or a Master's of Business Administration must complete a business foundation, which includes up to four courses from the following: ACCT5301, OPMA5361, MARK5311, FINA5311, MANA5312.

Major requirements:
ECON5301 (not tested), ECON5312, ECON5310, ECON5336 (tested on research comp), ECON6312, ECON6310, 2 ECON Electives

Elective Tracks:

  1. Applied Price: Economics of Organizations (ECON5314) and Labor Economics (ECON5330) or Innovation*

  2. International: Trade Theory (ECON5321) and Global Economy (ECON5319) or Int. Finance (ECON5318)

  3. Public Policy: Health Economics (ECON5333) or Public Policy (ECON5305) and Public Finance*

* Courses not offered to date.

Suggested minor: Finance or Accounting

Prelims and other requirements:

First year diagnostic (both conditions must be met):

  1. The student must make at least one 'A' and receive no less than a 'B' in ECON5310 and ECON5312.

  2. The student must make at least one 'A; and receive no less than a 'B' in ECON5301 and ECON5336.

Comprehensive and Oral Exams and Dissertation:

  1. At the end of the spring semester, second year, student is eligible for major comp and minor or research comp.

  2. At the end of the fall semester, second year student is eligible for minor or research comp.

  3. During Spring semester, third year, student can stand for an optional (on the part of the faculty) oral exam.

  4. During Spring or Summer of third year or Fall of fourth year, student proposes dissertation.

  5. During Spring or Summer of fourth year, student defends dissertation.

Suggested Program of Study for Full Time Student Entering in Fall Semester

Sample Program of Study (Major: Economics, Minor: Real Estate) - Adobe Format

First Year

Fall 1

Spring 1

Summer 1

Total Hours

ECON5301 (M)

ECON5310 (M)

ECON5329 (R)

12 Major

ECON5312 (M)

ECON5336 (R)


6-9 Research

BSAD6310 (R)



3-6 Minor


Electives Available

ECON5338 (R)

ECON5330 (ME)

ECON5327 (ME)

BSAD6314 (R)

ECON5314 (ME)

ECON5337 (ME)

ECON5321 (ME)

ECON5319 (ME)

Economics of Innovation*

Second Year

Fall 2

Spring 2

Summer 2

Total Hours

ECON6310 (M)

ECON6312 (M)

R/m (M Comp)

18 Major

BSAD6315 (R)


R/m (m or R Comp)

12-15 Research



R/m (Teaching possible)

12 Minor


Electives Available

ECON5338 (R)

ECON5330 (ME)

ECON5327 (ME)

BSAD6314 (R)

ECON5314 (ME)

ECON5337 (ME)

ECON5321 (ME)

ECON5319 (ME)

Economics of Innovation*

Third Year

Fall 3

Spring 3

Summer 3

Total Hours

M/R (Coursework Done)

D (Oral Exam)

D (Diss. Proposal)

18 Major

M/R (m Comp)



15 Research

E/M/R (R Comp)



12 Minor

18 Dissertation

Fourth Year

Fall 4

Spring 4

Summer 4

Total Hours


D (Diss. Defense)

D (Diss. Defense)

18 Major




15 Research




12 Minor

45 Dissertation

90 Hours

(max 100)

Legend: R = Research course, M = Major course, ME = Major Elective, m = minor course, D = dissertation hours *Course not currently offered

Comprehensive Examination: After completion of course work in the major, research, and minor fields, Ph.D. students must pass a comprehensive examination in each field. Examinations are offered during the fall and spring semesters. Upon successful completion of the comprehensive examinations, students will be allowed to start their dissertation research. Additional information about comprehensive examinations can be found in the graduate catalog.

Dissertation: A doctoral candidate/student must be enrolled in a nine-semester hour dissertation course (6999) in the semester in which the dissertation is defended. The dissertation represents the culmination of the student's academic efforts and so is expected to demonstrate original and independent research activity and be a significant contribution to knowledge.

Once the student is enrolled in the dissertation course, continuous enrollment is required. A student receiving advice and assistance from a faculty member in the preparation of a dissertation must register for the appropriate course even if the student is not on campus.


Tuition and fees are set by the Coordination Board subject to change by legislative action. Tuition and fees for in-state students for the 2000-01 year are about $1500 for a typical 9-hour load. For out-of-state students, the equivalent figure is approximately $3500. More precise information is provided in the Graduate Catalog which supersedes this web page.

There are several financial aid options available to students in the Ph.D. program. These options are available here.


The University of Texas at Arlington is located on a modern, 390-acre campus in the center of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. A rapidly growing library with the latest on-line technology, well-equipped engineering and science laboratories, several specialized research centers, and joint programs with other institutions of The University of Texas System as well as with other regional and national academic and research institutions provide the graduate student at UTA with excellent opportunities for advanced study and research. The campus and Metroplex area offer a wide variety of cultural and recreational facilities including art, historical and science museums, operas, concerts, ballet, theater, amusement parks, professional sports, and several lakes for water sports.

UTA is one of the fifteen  institutions in The University of Texas System. It is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The university comprises the Colleges of Business, Engineering, Liberal Arts, and Science; the Schools of Social Work, Architecture, Nursing, and Urban and Public Affairs; the Center for Professional Teacher Education, and the Graduate School. The bachelor's and master's degree programs in accounting and business administration are accredited by the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business.

Founded in 1895 as Arlington College, a private liberal arts institution, UTA has changed with the times and its surroundings, undergoing a maturing process and a succession of names, ownership and missions. Its final name change came in 1967 when it became The University of Texas at Arlington (or UTA). The student body has become increasingly diversified with students from 49 states and 85 foreign countries enrolled at the present time. Today the enrollment is almost 17,000 undergraduate and about 4,000 graduate students.


The UTA College of Business has earned a reputation for having a strong faculty that offers high-quality graduate programs. As a result of programs and other quality considerations, the College is accredited by the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The College received initial AACSB accreditation for its undergraduate program in 1969 and for its MBA program in 1973.

All College of Business programs are offered in the Business Building. The building is a modern six-story office tower with an adjoining three-story education wing. These facilities enable the College to deliver high quality professional education to over 4,500 undergraduate students, and almost 900 master's and PhD students.

In addition to the MA program in Economics, the College offers nine other graduate degree programs including a Doctoral program in Business Administration. Master's programs in Business Administration, Professional Accounting, Accounting, Information Systems, Marketing Research, Personnel and Human Resource Management, Real Estate, and Taxation are also offered.


The Department of Economics is part of the College of Business and employs 7 full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty members with the expectation that the department will expand to 10 full-time tenured and tenure-tarck faculty. Faculty publications appear regularly in top-ranked general and field journals.

Degree programs include a BA in economics, BS in economics, BBA with concentration in economics, MA in economics, and a PhD in Business Administration with concentration in economics (not currently active). The Department has approximately 110 undergraduate majors and 30 pursuing graduate degrees.


Applications and other necessary forms are provided in the Graduate Admissions Guide. Prospective students must apply to the Graduate School by early June for Fall admission, early October for Spring admission, and early March for Summer admission. International students need to apply earlier.

For your convenience, you may download both the U.S. and the International/Permanent Resident student application for admission from UTA Graduate School’s Home page:

The information on this page is superseded in all matters by the official UTA Graduate Catalog.

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