Environmental and Natural Resource Economics PhD

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Date Posted: July 10, 2020
Submitted by: Tessie Devlin
Sustainability Topic: Curriculum
Content Type: Academic Programs
Program Type: Doctoral Degree
Completion: 5 years
Distance: Local Only
Commitment: Full-Time


Our PhD students typically spend an average of five years in our program. Comprehensives in Microeconomics, Econometrics and a field (Industrial Organization, Environmental Economics or Experimental & Behavioral) are typically completed by the start of the student’s second summer. Students are required to complete 45 course credits and 18 dissertation credits along with their Dissertation.

Required Courses include three to four courses in Microeconomic Theory (RES EC 711, RES EC 712 , ECON 701, and one of ECO 700, or ECON 702), four courses in Econometrics and Quantitative Methods (ECON 751, RES EC 701, 702, 703), one course in Macroeconomic Theory (ECON 705), two courses in a Major Field (Natural Resources and Environmental Economics RES EC 720 and 721; Industrial Organization (RES EC 732 and 797M); or Applied Econometrics (RES EC 797A, 797D, or ECON 852 or 753). Additionally, students are required to take four additional electives two of which form a coherent Minor Field.