MS Admission Guidelines

Iowa State Campanile

GRE scores are strongly recommended, but not required, for fall 2023 applicants. Admissions decisions are holistic in nature and take into account a range of indicators regarding applicants’ preparation and abilities. We find that successful students meet some or all of the criteria below. However, applicants are not automatically disqualified if they fall short in some areas, nor are applicants who meet all these criteria guaranteed admission.

  • 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 are preferred.

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 coursework grades/marks 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

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