Ph. D. Program in Economics
The School of Economics at Shandong University offers a program leading to Ph.D. in economics, which may be extended to 6 years if necessary. The goal of this programs is to produce future generations of innovative researchers, policy makers and business leaders. Currently, the program instructions are only given in Chinese. 
This program typically takes four years to complete. Students receive rigorous training in Advanced Microeconomics, Advanced Macroeconomics, and Advanced Econometrics in the first year of study, while focus on required field courses and electives in the second year. We routinely invite leading oversea scholars to enrich our program as guest teachers. The size of the Ph. D. program is relatively small, which means that there are rich opportunities for scholarly interactions and collaborations with the faculty and among Ph.D. students themselves.
After mastering advanced economic theory and empirical tools, students are encouraged to engage in original research as early as possible. The school provides a stimulating research environment by running weekly seminars by distinguished scholars from China and around the world, which regularly expose students to the latest issues and research frontiers, while they come up with new ideas and approaches of their own.
Our close ties with School of Management and School of Mathematics give excellent opportunities to students interested in interdisciplinary researches. Moreover, our close cooperation with business and governmental organizations in Shandong Province and throughout China allows students to observe China’s dynamic economy first hand, and formulate their research questions accordingly during the process. 
A Ph.D. student is directed by an advisory team consisting of a principal advisor and 3-5 expert advisors in related fields. At least one advisor should come from a different school or university. The student works closely with his or her principal advisor during the research process leading to the completion of dissertation.
1. Specialized Fields of Economics for the Ph.D. Degree
The following 10 specialized fields are available for the Ph.D. student.
(1) Finance
(2) Industrial Economics
(3) Insurance
(4) International Trade
(5) National Economy
(6) Political Economy
(7) Public Economics
(8) Public Finance
(9) Quantitative Economics
(10) Western Economics
2. Requirements for the Ph.D. Degree
(1) Course Requirement: For most specialized fields (except Western Economics), students are required to take total 27 credit hours, among which 21 come from required courses, and 6 from elective courses. For students specialized in Western Economics, they are required to take total 28 credit hours, among which 22 come from required courses, and 6 from elective courses.
(2) Interim Review: Students must pass in interim review in the third semester of the study in order to become a Ph.D. candidate. A candidate can proceed to dissertation writing only after he or she passes the review. Failure to pass the interim review in due time may necessitate withdrawal from the program. The interim review is conducted by a 5-member committee chaired by a doctoral supervisor other than the student's principal advisor. The interim review evaluates the student in the following four aspects, i.e. coursework performance, research ability, a dissertation proposal, and health condition. 
(3) Dissertation Requirements: The dissertation should consist of original and independent research work of no less than 80,000 words by the candidate under the direction of advisors. The dissertation has to be defended successfully.
(4) Publication Requirements: A Ph.D. candidate should publish as first author at least one paper in a SSCI or core Chinese journal, OR publish two papers in CSSCI journals. 

(5) Internship Requirements: Ph.D. candidates should have worked as teaching assistants, research assistants, or interns in the society at large.

Note: A more detailed description tailored to each specialized field is available in Chinese. Please ask the staff if you want more information.