M.S., M.A. & Ph.D. Advising

Advisors/Graduate Program Directors by Program
M.S. in Accounting
Dr. John Wragge, 214 Purnell Hall, wraggej@udel.edu

M.A. in Economics and Entrepreneurship for Educators
Carlos Asarta, asarta@udel.edu

M.A., M.S. and Ph.D. in Economics
Evangelos Falaris, 410 Purnell Hall, falaris@udel.edu 

M.S. in Entrepreneurship & Design
Tony Middlebrooks, 132 E. Delaware Ave, Suite 100, tmiddleb@udel.edu

M.S. in Finance
Terry Campbell, 311 Purnell Hall, campbelt@udel.edu

M.S. in Hospitality Business Management
Sri Beldona, 216 Raub Hall, beldona@udel.edu

M.S. in Information Systems (IS&TM)
Andrea Everard, 221 Purnell Hall, aeverard@udel.edu

M.S. in International Business
Jennifer Gregan, 118 Alfred Lerner Hall, greganj@udel.edu

Ph.D. in FSAN
Bintong Chen, bchen@udel.edu

Graduate Program Administrative Assistants
M.S. in Accounting
Lisa Berry, lberry@udel.edu

M.A. in Economics and Entrepreneurship for Educators
Jennifer Magaw, jmagaw@udel.edu

M.S. in Entrepreneurship & Design
Lizzy Allen, eaallen@udel.edu

M.S. in Finance
Vicki Rollo, vrollo@udel.edu

M.S. in Hospitality Business Management
Donna Laws, dlaws@udel.edu

New Students

Steps to Getting Started

  1. Activate you UDelNet and UD email account
  2. Take note of the important dates on the university registrar’s adademic calendar (note: new international students should arrive on campus several days prior to the start of classes in order to attend the international student orientation).
  3. Read or forward your UDel email address. All official communications and many of the professors’ communications will come go to your UDel email address, so it’s very important that you set it up prior to the start of classes. Check the account daily or forward it to another account you do read daily.
  4. Register for classes via UDSIS.
  5. Check your tuition bill 2-3 days after registration. View it on your UDSIS student page (My Finances) or via the Student Financial Services website.
  6. Order your textbooks from the University Bookstore or any other outlet such as amazon.com or textbooks.com. If the text is a special order (e.g., course pack of individual readings), it will be available through the UD Bookstore.
  7. Get your student ID at the Student Services Building (30 Lovett Avenue).
Course Registration FAQ

How many classes should I sign up for?

Part-time students register for either one or two classes, while full-time students register for three or four. If you’re not sure how many courses you can handle, sign up for the maximum number, then drop one if you need to.

International Students: please note that you must register for three courses in order to be considered a full-time student for visa purposes.

When can I start registering for the next semester?

By logging into UDSIS, you can check your “Registration Appointment” which will tell you when to begin registering for classes.

When does registration close?

Registration closes when either the course fills to capacity or the free drop/add period ends for that respective semester/session. Please refer to the academic calendar for specific dates.

Why aren’t all the classes offered in summer and winter sessions?

Because of study abroad and other teaching commitments on the part of the faculty, we cannot produce a full menu of classes for summer and winter sessions. The course offerings tend to change from year to year based on professor availability. It’s sometimes helpful to use an upcoming summer or winter session schedule to choose classes offered in that session, then look for other choices in the adjacent fall and spring.

Economics Exam Schedules

Ph.D. in Economics

A student has a maximum of two attempts to pass each of the three examinations. If necessary, an examination must be retaken the first time the examination is offered. A missed attempt reduces the number of available attempts.

Ph.D. Qualifying examinations will be administered according to the following schedule:

  • Microeconomics – Last Thursday in June
  • Microeconomics Retake – Last Thursday before fall classes
  • Macroeconomics – Last Thursday before spring classes
  • Microeconomics Retake – Last Thursday in June
  • Field – Last Thursday in June
  • Field Retake – Last Thursday before spring classes

M.A. in Economics

Students who do not earn an A or A- in microeconomic theory, macroeconomic theory or econometrics must pass a comprehensive examination in that class.

The examinations are generally offered in the beginning of February and the end of June. Students will generally take the examination after the completion of their first semester. A faculty committee consisting of at least two faculty members from the Department of Economics will be responsible for the writing and grading of the examinations. Students who do not pass a part of the examination on the first attempt may retake it up to two additional times.

FSAN Examinations and Dissertation Information

Qualifying Examination

The qualifying written exam, taken at the end of your first year, is based on the program’s core curriculum courses. You will receive a Pass or Fail grade for each of the six subjects in the qualifying examination.

  • If you have received more than one grade of C or below in the core curriculum courses, you are ineligible to take the qualifying exam.
  • If you have received a C or below in one course, you must pass all six subjects of the qualifying exam in order to advance in the program.
  • If you have not received any grade of C or below in the core curriculum courses, you must pass five out of six subjects on the exam.

You may retake the exam in the subject(s) in which you receive less than a passing grade if you have passed three or more subjects in the first attempt. Qualifying examinations are offered in the summer, and the retake exam is scheduled at the end of the following fall semester.

A research paper is also required, as part of the qualifying exam, at the end of the first year of study.

Dissertation Committee

After you pass the qualifying exam (no later than the end of your second year of study), you will establish a dissertation committee of at least four faculty members. You will consult with your dissertation committee to develop your customized program of study.

Candidacy Examination

You must complete the candidacy examination by the end of your third year. You will submit a formal, detailed research project proposal to your dissertation committee and give an oral defense.

Upon the recommendation of the dissertation committee, you may be admitted to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree.

Requirements for admission to doctoral candidacy:

  1. Complete at least one academic year of full-time graduate study in residence at the University of Delaware.
  2. Pass the qualifying exam.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to perform research.
  4. Have a research project accepted by the dissertation committee.

Dissertation Examination and Oral Defense
The dissertation exam involves the approval of your written dissertation and an oral defense. Your dissertation must have application and interest to cutting-edge practices in FSAN and must also be published.

The oral presentation is open to the public and all members of the FSAN program.