Applications from all interested individuals are welcome. Current graduate students have varied undergraduate backgrounds, including economics, other social sciences, and mathematics. Completion of a master's degree in economics is not required to enter a Ph.D. program, and most students do not obtain an M.A. degree before entering the Ph.D. program.
A person interested in studying for the Ph.D. should complete the application form found on the admissions & finances website and have three letters of recommendation sent on his/her behalf. Applications with supporting materials must be received by January 15 to ensure full consideration.
In addition, an applicant should submit his/her scores from a recent general Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and transcripts of all collegiate and post-collegiate work. An applicant whose first language is not English should submit the results of a recent Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination. The TOEFL requirement cannot be waived. The Economics Department will accept IELTS in place of TOEFL. Preference for graduate assistantship is given to students with TOEFL scores of 100 (ITOTL) and above.
The Director of Graduate Studies makes the final determination about admission and financial aid. Inquires about admission should be directed to the Economics Department office between the hours of 8:30AM and 4:30PM (EST) at 315-443-3612.