How to apply

How to Apply

The Department of Economics seeks applicants prepared to develop the requisite skills to perform rigorous research, regardless of their undergraduate majors.

Prospective students are expected to have a strong foundation in mathematics. The department offers a review course to assist students in this area.

An undergraduate grade-point average of 3.0 or better is desirable.

Application Deadlines

  • Master's: May 15 for fall-semester admission
  • 5 Year Accelerated BS/MA: rolling for fall-semester admission
  • Doctoral: February 1 to be considered for financial aid
  • There is no spring admission to either the MA, 5 Year Accelerated MA or PhD programs.

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Financial Aid, Assistantships and Fellowships

Approximately two-thirds of full-time PhD students in the Economics Department are supported by fellowships and assistantships carrying an annual stipend plus a tuition scholarship and medical insurance. These awards are based exclusively on academic merit, and generally require the recipients to assist in teaching or research. Summer and occasional adjunct teaching positions are available as well, on a competitive basis. Entering PhD students who are awarded aid, and who maintain satisfactory performance, can expect to receive financial support for at least four years. Assistantship decisions for new students are normally made in early April.

A limited number of Clark Fellowships are available to US citizens who are members of historically under-represented groups, including minorities, women and those with a history of overcoming disadvantage. Applicants who feel that they meet the requirements are encouraged to complete the required essay and submit it with their application. Qualified candidates are automatically nominated by the Economics Department.