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Graduate Application Deadline: January 15

All required application materials for the M.A. and the Ph.D. programs must be submitted by this date to ensure full consideration for admission and financial aid.

The Economics Department offers separate programs leading to the M.A. and the Ph.D. degrees. Graduate assistantships and University Fellowships are not awarded to students studying for the M.A. degree or other non-terminal disciplinary degree.

Graduate Application Materials

  • Online application and $75 application fee**
  • Unofficial transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended (admitted students must have official transcripts submitted from their degree-granting institution(s))
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Resume or CV
  • Personal statement
  • GRE scores
  • English proficiency exam scores (TOEFL or IELTS are accepted) for international students. Preference for graduate assistantship is given to students who demonstrate competence in the English language.  This requirement cannot be waived.

**Students facing financial hardship can request an application fee waiver.

Admitted Graduate Students

Admission decisions and next steps information will be communicated via email to the address you provide in your online application. Additional information can be found on the graduate admission website.

Master’s  (M.A.) Program Admission Criteria

The M.A. program is open to men and women from both the United States and other countries with sound quantitative backgrounds and a good command of the English language. Applicants are expected to submit scores from the GRE and prior course work that demonstrates an aptitude for graduate study in economics. Students generally have strong undergraduate training in economics, but that is not a requirement. (For example, some students have a strong quantitative background and little training in economics.) For international students, admissions preference is given to students with TOEFL scores of 100 or above or IELTS scores of 7.0 or above. Graduate assistantships and University Fellowships are not awarded to students studying for the M.A. degree separate from the Ph.D. program.

2023 Forever Orange Scholarship Program

We are happy to continue our support of the Forever Orange program! Syracuse University Class of 2023 graduating seniors are eligible to apply for our master’s program and, if admitted, will receive a guaranteed 50% tuition scholarship! Please visit the Graduate School website for additional details on eligibility, participating programs and application instructions.

Doctoral (Ph.D.) Program Admission Criteria

Applications from all interested individuals are welcome. Current graduate students have varied undergraduate backgrounds, including economics, other social sciences, engineering and mathematics. An earned master's degree in economics is not required to enter the Ph.D. program.

Ph.D. Financial Support


University Fellowship awardees receive a stipend and a full-tuition scholarship for 30 credits in their first and fifth years of study and receive graduate assistantship in their second, third and fourth years. Fellowships include a subsidy toward health insurance coverage for the year.

Graduate Assistantships

Ph.D. students have the option to obtain teaching and research experience through graduate assistantships, which are renewed each academic year. Assistantships include a stipend, a full graduate tuition scholarship, and a subsidy toward health insurance coverage for the year.

Melvin Eggers Graduate Economics Scholarship for Doctoral Students

Named after the former chancellor and economics department chairman, Melvin Eggers, this fund supports graduate students with preference given to Ph.D. students who plan to teach at the college level.

Summer Support

The Economics Department offers opportunities for teaching, research, and summer fellowship support during the summer. Summer funding is also available to graduate students through externally funded research projects.

David Greytak Fellowship Fund

David Greytak, a longtime Professor of Economics at the Maxwell School, inspired extraordinary devotion from his graduate students. To honor his memory, the Department of Economics created the David Greytak Fellowship for doctoral study in economics.


Request information about our graduate programs.

Contact the Director of Doctoral Studies Yoonseok Lee.

Contact the Director of Masters Studies William Horrace.

Contact the Academic Support Coordinator Taylor Belge.

Department of Economics

110 Eggers Hall

Syracuse, NY 13244-1020

Phone: +1.315.443.3843


Economics Department
110 Eggers Hall