Ph.D. in Business and Economics Program Curriculum

Our program is designed for future researchers and educators who want to contribute to the development and application of knowledge in economics

The Lehigh Ph.D. in Business and Economics program includes core coursework in economic theory and econometrics in the first year of study, followed by field course sequences in the second year. Students must complete both the core courses and field sequences before taking additional electives.

During the second year students will meet with the Ph.D. Director and decide on a primary field of specialization and pass a field examination. Students will be granted secondary fields in four other areas upon successful completion of the relevant coursework. Subject to the approval of the Ph.D. Director, students may pursue a secondary field in an area that is not supported by formal coursework in the Department of Economics through either directed readings, or courses offered in other departments. In the third year of study, students may take additional electives and will receive credit for pursing their third year research paper requirement. The fourth year of study consists primarily of dissertation research.

Students are expected to earn a B or better for all coursework attempted at Lehigh. Furthermore, those students with teaching or research stipends are expected to maintain a full-time load of nine credit hours and attend all Department of Economics research seminars.

Curriculum Overview

Core Courses: 

  • Mathematical Economics
  • Advanced Microeconomic Analysis
  • Advanced Topics in Microeconomics
  • Game Theory
  • Advanced Macroeconomic Analysis
  • Econometrics I
  • Econometrics II

Field Courses:

  • Health Economics I
  • Health Economics II
  • Labor Economics I
  • Labor Economics II
  • Industrial Organization I (currently ECO 447)
  • Industrial Organization II (currently CEO 456)
  • Applied Econometrics I
  • Applied Econometrics II
  • Macroeconometrics
  • Advanced Topics in Macroeconomics


Request Information

Looking for more information on the Ph.D. in Business and Economics Program at Lehigh? Please fill out the form below and we'll send you information on academics, upcoming events and more.