Program Requirements

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Financial Economics Ph.D. Program Admission Requirements

All students enrolling in the doctoral program must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. At a minimum, their undergraduate training must include principles of economics, money and banking, intermediate microeconomic and macroeconomic theory, financial management, one year of statistics, and one semester of calculus. (See foundation courses listed below). Admission decisions will be based primarily on the applicant’s undergraduate grade point average (GPA), Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), and letters of recommendation. Preferred levels of performance will be a 3.0 GPA, 1100 (combined raw scores for verbal and quantitative) on the GRE, or 550 on the GMAT. These levels will be viewed as general guidelines since particular strength in one set of credentials may be viewed as sufficient to offset a modest deficiency elsewhere. Additionally, international students must score a minimum of 600 on the TOEFL Exam.

Foundation Courses

Listed in parentheses are course equivalents at UNO




Principles of Micro- and Macroeconomics (required)
Intermediate Microeconomics (recommended)
Intermediate Macroeconomics (recommended)
Principles of Financial Management
Quantitative Methods
Statistics (one year)
Calculus (one semester required; one year preferred)