Graduate Admission Guidelines

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Most successful applicants meet the following criteria. These are offered as guidelines, however. Applicants are not automatically disqualified if they fall short in one or two areas. Likewise, applicants are not guaranteed admission even if they meet all of the criteria. Refer to our statistics on class profiles for general information regarding previous incoming class averages.  


Ph.D. program

  • Master's Degree in economics, mathematics or statistics from a well-known university preferred
  • GRE-Verbal > 152*
  • GRE-Quantitative > 155
  • Analytical Writing 4.0*
  • High grades in math/statistics courses including calculus, linear algebra, probability theory, and statistics with a calculus emphasis. Preferred: One or more math courses emphasizing logic and proofs (e.g. real analysis, abstract algebra, topology, etc.)
  • High grades in economics courses including economic principles, intermediate microeconomics and macroeconomics, econometrics, and economics field courses (e.g. international economics, public finance, industrial organization, etc.)

M.S. program

  • Bachelor's degree in economics or closely related field, with an emphasis on quantitative coursework throughout the undergraduate program
  • GRE-Verbal > 152*
  • GRE-Quantitative > 152
  • Analytical Writing 4.0*
  • High grades in quantitative courses including calculus and statistics. Some background in linear algebra and probability theory preferred. 

The Economics Department does not track average GPA of incoming students. Rather than focus purely on an applicant's overall GPA, the admissions committee will review grades/marks of quantitative coursework to ensure standards are met prior to admission. 

International Applicants

In addition to the requirements listed above, successful international applicants generally meet the following requirements:

  • TOEFL > 88 (Internet-based) OR IELTS: 6.5

*We understand that some international applicants may struggle in the verbal and analytical writing portions of the GRE. The admissions committee will take into consideration if English is not an applicant's first language.

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