The curriculum of the PhD program in Economics includes 32 credits of required subjects, 12 credits of selected topics, 20 credits of tutorial courses and 96 credits for the doctoral thesis. The total credits for obtaining the doctor’s degree are 160.
The compulsory subjects are Economics, Advanced Economics and Research Seminars I, II, III and IV. The tutorial courses offered are: Econometrics, Agricultural Economics, Mathematical Economics, Regional Economics, Higher Education Economics, Financial Economics and Business Policy. Credits courses from selected topics are covered in selecting subjects such as Economy of Small and medium-sized enterprises, Industrial Organization Theory, Mathematical Economics, Labor Economics and Methodology of Economic Science.
First semester: Economics, Selected Topics, Tutorial course, Tutorial course.
Second semester: Advanced Economics, Research Seminar I, Selected Topics, Tutorial class, Tutorial class.
Third semester: Research Seminar II.
Fourth semester: Research Seminar III.
Fifth semester: Research Seminar VI
Sixth semester: Thesis
The doctoral program requires an immersion in the academic field and full-time enrollment. As a complement to the academic load, the program offers seminars, courses by concentration, conferences, workshops and seminars, which students must attend as a part of their comprehensive training.
Candidates to enter at the PhD program in Economics must be students and professionals with significant skills in quantitative and qualitative reasoning, and an important training in the areas of theory and economics history, mathematics and statistics. They must also have strong critical thinking skills and the ability to develop independent and collegial research, besides the ability to generate and apply scientific knowledge. The candidate must have outstanding performance in studies related to the economic science expertise.
Graduates of the PhD program in Economics are professionals focused on the functions of teaching and research in the academic sector, but are also highly linked with the public and private sectors, allowing them to participate in the design or implementation of public policies. They have a solid background and a high capacity to do independent research that allows them to generate new and relevant economic knowledge that contributes to the solution to the Mexico’s economic challenges. They have skills in handling and the application of theoretical tools and quantitative methods and also the analytical capacity to approach problems and propose solutions in the area of economic development.
The Core Faculty (Núcleo Académico Básico (NAB) in Spanish) is the responsible of leading the academic program of Master and Doctorate in the Economics program. The NAB is a body composed of 12 teacher-researchers, all with the doctor’s degree. 58% of the NAB has a doctor’s degree from other university (national and internationals programs). 100% of the NAB has PROMEP profile, 92% belongs to the National System of Researchers (SNI) and 50% have level II or III in the SNI.
The academic and administrative structure of the PhD program in Economics is organized as follows:
Committee of Graduate Studies
It is composed of the program manager, the coordinator of the Graduate Faculty, the Director, Deputy Director and the teachers of the Faculty. Its function is to analyze and solve collegially the academic and administrative affairs of the program. It is responsible for the following activities:
This will be a specialist in the area of knowledge in which the student has decided to do his doctoral thesis and an academician from UABC. When determined by the Graduate Studies Committee, it will be called to an external academic with expertise in the subject area to which the respective thesis relates, acting as a co-director.
The thesis director will have the following functions:
There will be as many thesis committees as doctoral students, and these will consist of a set of academics with doctoral degrees that will advise and evaluate the performance of each student in the elaboration of thesis by the progress made. Thesis committees shall be composed of the thesis supervisor and two academics with doctoral degrees from UABC.
The thesis committee will have the following functions:
Expanded thesis committee
The Expanded thesis committee adds two professors from external institutions (national or international), besides the internal teachers. These committees shall meet at least once during the last six months before the exam application and finally in the defense of the student’s thesis.
The Expanded thesis committee will have the following functions:
The subjects are evaluated on a scale of 0 to 100, where 70 is the minimum passing grade for each course, in accordance with the Regulations of Graduate Studies at UABC. However, due to the guidelines of the PNPC from CONACyT, the minimum weighted averages to maintain the scholarship is 80, besides not have failed any subject.
The grades obtained in every subject are the result of the student’s performance through tests, essays and other works demanded by teachers. The grades of the research seminars takes into account the progress of the doctoral thesis that culminates with the semiannual presentation at the research colloquium, which is discussed and evaluated by a committee of experts who will make qualitative observations and will give a note too.
The evaluation of the teaching-learning process occurs in several ways: On the one hand, there is a teacher evaluation that is done by students through electronic means, which is institutionalized and depends on the Graduate Studies Office from UABC; on the other hand, the Committee of Graduate Studies (program) assesses each semester both students and teachers, which allows the continuous monitoring of the teaching-learning processes and, if applicable, to implement the appropriate changes for the continuous improvement of the program.
The PhD program in economic sciences offer students administrative support for procedures, equipment photocopying, audiovisual equipment for teaching, specialized bibliographic material, classrooms and workrooms, specialized laboratories, telephone and communication systems, computer labs with Internet access, loanable computing equipment and video conferencing systems.
Candidats must have a master’s degree for admission to the PhD program in Economics (DCE), preferably in economics; however, candidates with bachelors of related areas can also apply for the program as long as they meet the other requirements. In all cases, the decision will depend on the results of the admission tests, the interview with the committee and affinity with the field of research.
Students who have realized their Master degree in Economics at UABC must defend his master’s thesis and at least begin the process of their master certification in order to move onto the doctorate (DCE).
1.The entrance exam to the PhD program in Economics evaluates the candidate’s knowledge about the following areas:
2.Once covered all the documentary requirements for admission, the applicant must attend an interview with members of the Graduate Studies Committee and the Core Faculty. After this step, it is possible to carry out the selection procedure described below: