MAGES/Ph.D. in Economics

The Center and the Department of Economics offer a joint a course of study leading to a MAGES/Ph.D. in Economics. Joint degree students may save roughly one year of taking course work by pursuing the two degrees simultaneously, while still receiving full preparation in both their discipline and in regional studies.


The curriculum includes a total of at least five years (81 credits) of course work drawn from the MAGES program and the Economics Department. This course of study is oriented towards students with well defined doctoral aspirations in Economics who wish to augment their Ph.D. course work with a multidisciplinary regional focus on Germany and Europe.


Students interested in the joint MAGES/Ph.D. program in Economics may either apply to both degree programs jointly, or they may apply separately for admission to the MAGES program during their first year of study toward the Ph.D. in Economics. In both cases, joint students complete a full year of core courses toward the Economics Ph.D. before beginning their course work in the MAGES program.

Applicants to the joint MAGES/Ph.D. program must complete all application procedures and fulfill all entrance requirements for the MAGES program. Applicants must also submit a separate application packet for the Economics program according to the guidelines set out by the Economics Department. Application requirements for the Economics program can be found on the Economics Department website.

MAGES Degree Requirements

All degree candidates for the MAGES/Ph.D. in Economics must complete all requirements for the MAGES degree with the following variations:

MAGES free elective course work must be comprised of required courses from the Department of Economics.

Students must pass the MAGES second foreign language examination prior to taking departmental field competence examinations.

Ph.D. in Economics requirements

Candidates must also complete all requirements for the Ph.D. in Economics program as follows:

  • Completion of the first year Ph.D. Courses: Microeconomics I, Macroeconomics I, Probability and Statistics, Microeconomics II, Macroeconomics II, and Econometrics. Each course is four credits.
  • Passage of the Ph.D. Qualifying Examinations in Microeconomic and Macroeconomic Theory.
  • Eight additional Ph.D. level economics courses, including either Macroeconometrics or Microeconometrics. Two of these courses must comprise the "major field," and two of them them "minor field."
  • Participation in four Department of Economics research workshops for a total of six credits.
  • Preparation and successful defense of the dissertation according to Department of Economics guidelines.

For more information about the Ph.D. portion of the program visit the Department of Economics website.