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  • Languages of instruction:
  • English
  • Deadline:
  • 28 December 2016

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    Description

    The program is distinguished from the Harvard PhD in Economics by its greater emphasis on business fields and its focus on the use of economic analysis and statistical methods in dealing effectively with management problems. At the same time, it is distinguished from the Doctor of Business Administration degree by its greater emphasis on economic theory and econometric analysis.

    Possible fields of specialization include:

    • Capital markets and financial institutions
    • Corporate finance
    • Organizations and markets
    • International business
    • Business strategy and industrial organization
    • Corporate governance
    • Business and government

    Students take an active role in selecting and defining the combination of subjects that will make up their own individual fields of specialization.

    Contents

    Students in Business Economics take courses in microeconomic theory, macroeconomic theory, probability and statistics, econometrics, business history, the Business Education for Scholars and Teachers (BEST) Series, and other doctoral level courses.

    A written general exam in microeconomic theory is required a the end of the first year.

    After passing the Field Exam, students are expected to enroll in a working seminar or participate in an informal lunchtime seminar group. Students in their third year or beyond must present in the working seminar (or informal lunchtime seminar) at least once per year. Normal completion time for the degree is five years.


    USA requirements for international students

    Each university in the Unites States of America sets its own admission standards so there isn't the same criteria for all the students and the university can decide which applicants meet those standards. The fee for each application is between $35 to $100. 

    After the selections of the universities you want to attend, the best of all would be to contact each university for an application form and more admission information for the international students. Moreover, for a graduate or postgraduate program it's necessary to verify the admission requirements. Some programs require that you send your application directly to their department. 

    Admissions decisions are based on students's academic record and different test scores, such as TOEFL, the SAT or ACT (for undergraduate programs) and GRE or GMAT (for graduate programs). Admission decision is based on your academic results and motivation.


    University requirements


    Program requirements

    Requirements

    REQUIRED APPLICATION MATERIALS
    • Completed online application form
    • Resume
    • Statement of Purpose
    • Transcripts for all college/university degrees and courses:
    Self-reported transcripts are accepted for both DBA programsand PhD programs. Applicants must upload copies of his/her transcripts to the online application system. Hard copy transcripts will only be required if admitted to a program, prior to enrollment. GSAS no longer requires hard copy transcripts to be submitted for PhD Programs (Business Economics, Health Policy Management, and Organizational Behavior) at the application stage. Similarly, DBA programs only require electronic copies at the application stage.
    • Current GMAT or GRE scores (see details below)
    • TOEFL scores (non-native English speakers see details below)
    • Three letters of recommendation (at least one from an academic source). Recommendation letters must be submitted online through the online application system. Hard copy recommendation letters will not be accepted.
    • $105 application fee via credit card

    English Language Requirements

    TOEFL iBT® test: 80

    Funding

    All incoming students, regardless of need and background, are awarded a fellowship which includes tuition, single-person health fees, and a living stipend ($39,600 for 2014-2015).

    Although there is no formal commitment, it is expected that a similar level of financial aid will be awarded for up to five years. All financial aid awards are contingent upon a student's satisfactory academic progress.

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