Degree Requirements: PhD MEE

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Degree Requirements: PhD Mineral and Energy Economics

The PhD program is designed for students interested in contributing economic research on mineral or energy topics through a PhD thesis. PhD students take the same first-year core as masters students followed by a set of advanced electives. They are then required to engage in original research of a professional-level quality. PhD students must pass a series of qualification exams after the first and second year of course work and then form a committee of faculty who will evaluate the research thesis. PhD students will take 48 credit hours (16 courses) in the classroom and an additional 24 credit hours of research under the supervision of their thesis advisor. PhD students are encouraged to complete their degree requirements within four years.

Prior to starting the program, students must complete the following courses (normally as part of their undergraduate studies) with a grade of B or better:

  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Probability and Statistics
  • College-level Calculus

Students will not be allowed to begin coursework until the prerequisites are satisfied.

PhD Course Work

  • 18 credit hours of common core courses (6 classes)
  • 9 credit hours of extended core courses (3 classes)
  • 18 credit hours of electives, as approved by the student's advisor and thesis committee (6 classes)

For specific course work plans and suggested electives review the PhD advising sheet

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PhD Research Requirement

  • 3 credit hours of classroom work covering research methodology (EBGN695 to be taken in year two)
  • 24 hours of thesis credit

Additional Course Work Option
Reciprocity Agreement with the University of Denver in Law and Economics Program. For more information click here.

Qualifying Examinations
Upon completion of the core course work, students must pass a series of qualifying written examinations to become a candidate for the PhD degree. The qualifying exams are offered at the end of the firs and second year of course work. After the first year of coursework the student will be tested to assess their mastery of microeconomics and quantitative methods (including econometrics). After completing the extended core in the second year students will be tested to assess their ability to perform independent research.

Research Presentation and other Thesis Related Requirements
Following a successful thesis proposal defense and prior to the final thesis defense, the student is required to present a completed research paper (or dissertation chapter) in a research seminar at Mines. The research presentation must be considered of a sufficient professional-level quality by at least three Mines faculty members in attendance. In addition to the mentioned requirements, the PhD student may, at the discretion of the committee, be required to complete assignments and/or examinations that are more directly related to the thesis topic.

Thesis Defense
The PhD degree culminates in a final oral defense of the student's research thesis. Upon approval of the thesis by the student's committee, the thesis is submitted to the Graduate School.

Guidelines for Appropriate Progress towards the PhD Degree
The guidelines give expectations about what constitutes appropriate progress towards the PhD degree. They are meant to be helpful, identify specific milestones along the way, and officially monitor progress. Your progress towards a PhD degree will be reviewed annually by the division during the summer term. See the PhD Progress Form in the "Thesis Form" menu option to the right which identifies the necessary steps to obtain a finding of "satisfactory" progress.

Always refer to your bulletin for the most accurate information on degree requirements.

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