M.S. Admission Guidelines

For fall 2023 applications, GRE scores are strongly recommended but not required

Admissions decisions are holistic in nature, taking account of a range of indicators of applicants’ preparation and ability. We have found that successful students meet some or all of the criteria below. Applicants are not automatically disqualified if they fall short in some areas, nor are applicants who meet all these criteria guaranteed admission.

  • ISU undergraduate students with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher are not required to submit GRE scores. For all other applicants, we recommend:
  • GRE-Verbal>152*
  • GRE-Quantitative>155
  • Analytical Writing 4.0*
  • High grades in math/statistics courses including calculus, linear algebra, and statistics are preferred.
  • High grades in undergraduate economics courses including principles of economics, intermediate microeconomics and macroeconomics, and econometrics.

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

International Applicants

In addition to the guidelines 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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