Graduate students in our department may take advantage of interdepartmental specializations offered by Michigan State University. Specializations act like a minor field, and they appear on a transcript.
Ph.D. students may pursue a dual major with Economics. Graduates with a dual major receive one Ph.D. degree denoting majors in both departments.
To complete the dual major, a Ph.D. student in AFRE or Economics must meet the degree requirements of both departments.
To satisfy requirements in Economics, AFRE Ph.D. students who pursue the dual major must complete courses and pass qualifying exams by the end of the first year not only in microeconomic theory and econometric methods, but also in macroeconomic theory.
A student typically applies for dual major status in the other department upon successfully completing the first year. The two departments both offer fields in Development Economics and Environmental and Resource Economics.
After the qualifying examinations, students must meet the comprehensive examination requirements of the department in which they originated. Comprehensive examination requirements are met in AFRE by passing a written examination or in Economics by satisfying advanced course and research paper requirements. The guidance committees of students completing the Ph.D. dual major must have at least two members from each of the two departments.
Dual majors with departments other than Economic can potentially be designed for motivated M.S. and Ph.D. students with advance planning. Some students also elect to complete a separate degree in another department. Contact the Director of Graduate Studies for more details.