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Students who started in 2015

The list below delineates all the critical milestones for normal progress in the Economics Ph.D. program. The dates below are relative to the official Cornell University academic calendar. Any further modifications to the official calendar may modify the deadlines below.

First year

Math Review Course: August 3-21, 2015
August 3-19 Room: Uris 202, Time: 9:00am-noon;
August 20 Room: Goldwin Smith 156, Time:  9:00am-noon;
August 21 Room: Uris 202, Time: 8:30am-11:30am

Grade of at least B- in Econ 6170 fall 2015 or pass grade on the math proficiency exam August 21, 2015, Time: noon-3:00pm, Room: 202 Uris.

Econometrics Qualifying Exam: May 24, 2016 room  228 Malott Hall; 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Econometrics Qualifying Exam retake: July 25, 2016 room 302 Uris Hall; 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Macroeconomics Qualifying Exam: May 27, 2016 room 251 Malott Hall; 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Macroeconomics Qualifying Exam retake: July 26, 2016 room 302 Uris Hall; 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Microeconomics Qualifying Exam: May 31, 2016 room 251 Malott Hall; 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Microeconomics Qualifying Exam retake: July 27, 2016 room 302 Uris Hall; 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Grade of at least B- in ECON 6090, 6100, 6130, 6140, 6190, and 6200.

Second year

Deadline for selecting second-year paper supervisor: March 16, 2017

Deadline for selecting special committee chair: May 10, 2017 (last day of classes). Chair must be recorded at the Graduate School.

Third year

Complete second-year paper: August 18, 2017

The second-year paper requirement is complete when a PDF version of the paper has been delivered to the instructor(s) in Econ 7850 and the DGS, the paper supervisor (a member of the field of Economics) has approved the paper, and a grade of "satisfactory" has been recorded for the presentation in ECON 7850.

Third-year students are expected to enroll in ECON 7850 (fall) and ECON 7851 (spring) "Third-year Research Seminar." This seminar covers the presentation of second-year papers and the development of the essays and drafts leading to the A Exam.

Deadline for selecting full special committee: January 24, 2018 (first day of classes). Committee must be recorded at the Graduate School.

Fourth year

Last day to pass A Exam: August 20, 2018 (day before start of fall term). 

Minimum of 2 semesters after the A Exam, usually at least 4 semesters later

B Exam: Scheduled when the committee approves.

[Revised May 25, 2017]

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