Economics Ph.D. Assessment Plan

Mission Statement

The mission of UNR's PhD program in Economics is to provide advanced training in economics in order to prepare students to work as economists in academia and the public private or non-profit sector.

Student Learning Outcomes

1.   Students will be able to demonstrate abstract modeling skills and analytical reasoning to analyze economics issues.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Student performance in required theory courses and comprehensive exams will be judged by graduate faculty.
Assessment Method
  • Exams in ECON 702, 703, 704, and 712 will be judged for conceptual and mathematical aptitude. Performance on the comprehensive exams will also be used.

2.  Students will be able to apply sound quantitative and econometric methods to analyze summarize data, test hypotheses, and analyze economics issues.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Student performance on exams and projects in the econometrics sequence (ECON 741 and 742).
Assessment Method
  • Based on exams, projects, and research projects students understanding of econometrics will be judged, identifying areas needing more focus and concentration.

3.  Students will be able to report research results using strong written and verbal communication skills.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Students will demonstrate in dissertation chapters and presentations an understanding of theory and econometrics and an ability to communicate those results.
Assessment Method
  • Dissertation chapters and presentations in department seminars will be judged by faculty.

4.  Students will be able to apply quantitative techniques to economic theory.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Ph.D. students will complete the math workshop before entering the program and satisfactorily complete the core micro, macro, and econometrics sequence.
Assessment Method
  • Performance on problem sets in the math workshop, exams in the theory sequence courses, and performance on comprehensive exams in microeconomics and macroeconomics will be assessed by instructors and the graduate committee.