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Economics, Sciences
College of Science
Academics and College of Business administration. Known as Commerce Hall 1957-69; renamed Pamplin Hall in May 1969. Building completed Fall 1957; cost $734,645; 49,060 sq. ft. Named after Robert Boisseau Pamplin (1911-2009) and Robert Boisseau Pamplin Jr. (1941- ) who was a member of the Class of 1964.
3016 Pamplin Hall, Mail Code:0316 Blacksburg VA 24061
Pamplin Hall
Degree(s) Offered:
• PhD
PhD Degree in Economics, Sciences
Minimum GPA: 3.0
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Fall: Feb 01
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Department Head : Sudipta Sarangi
Graduate Program Director : Kwok Tsang
Emeriti Faculty: Amoz Kats
Professors: Richard Ashley; Hans Haller; Djavad Salehi-Isfahani; Aris Spanos; Thorwald Tideman
Associate Professors: Richard Cothren
Assistant Professors: Alexander Smith
Wilson Schmidt Professor: Aris Spanos

Economics Introduction

The Virginia Tech Economics program was established September 1, 1961. The program has awarded more than 200 PhDs in economics since its inception. Our graduates now work as successful professionals worldwide in academia, business and government. Since 2000, the program has been administered jointly by the Departments of Economics and of Agricultural and Applied Economics.
Offered In (Blacksburg)

Degree Requirements

Minimum GPA: 3.0
Institution code: 5859
Testing Requirements:
    • Paper
      • 600.0
    • Computer
      • 250.0
    • iBT
      • 80.0
  • GRE
    • General Test
      • Quantitative : 155.0
Students seeking the Ph.D. must complete 90 total credit hours of work, consisting of 24 credit hours of core requirements, 21 credit hours of field courses, 30 credit hours of research & dissertation, and an additional 15 credit hours of research & dissertation or other Graduate level courses with the permission of the Graduate Director.

The Economics Department does not offer a free standing terminal master's program. The M.A. degree in Economics is intended to serve advanced VT undergraduate students who participate in the 5th year B.S./M.A. program and those Ph.D. students who begin their studies, but are unable to complete the program.

The Economics Department does not offer Spring admission. Nor does it offer summer courses for graduate students.

Economics Facilities Introduction


The Department

Students on assistantship are allocated office space in the department in Pamplin Hall. All students have access to computers in their office with internet access. The department has an experimental economics lab in 2088 Derring Hall.
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