FAQ

How many students are admitted to the program?

We receive around 500 completed applications. We admit students with a target incoming class of about 12.
What financial aid is available?

Availability of financial aid varies from year to year. In a typical incoming class, we will have the following aid:

  • Full fellowship which includes a full tuition waiver and an annual stipend of at least $29,000.
  • Most aid in the first year is without duties.
  • Subject to satisfactory performance, students can expect a research or teaching assistantship in years 2, 3, 4 and 5.

This means a full tuition waiver and an annual stipend of at least $29,000.

Are foreign students at a disadvantage regarding financial aid?

No. Financial aid is distributed solely on the basis of merit. In recent years, full fellowships were awarded to citizens of Brazil, China, Czech Republic, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Israel, Poland, Romania, Russia, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and United States as well as other countries.
Do applicants need to take the GRE?

Yes. All applicants must take the Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical portions of the GRE. GRE test scores are valid for up to 5 years from the date of the test and also must also be valid at the time your application is reviewed. Either the old or revised GRE may be used.

The Johns Hopkins University GRE code is 5332. We no longer use department codes.

Last year, all admitted applicants had scores on the quantitative GRE between 162 and 170 (on the new scale).

Do foreign students need to take TOEFL, IELTS or TSE?

All applicants who have not done their undergraduate work in a university where English is the sole language of instruction must take the TOEFL or the IELTS. The TSE is not required. The test scores can be used for up to 2 years from the actual date of the test. Regarding the TOEFL exam, we have a minimum required score of 100 on the Internet-based test (IBT), or 250 on the computer-based test (CBT), or 600 on the old paper-based test (PBT). The TOEFL exam registration code is 5332. We also accept the IELTS. We require a band score of 7 for this exam. The IELTS Registration Code is 4610. If the TOEFL exam is not available the IELTS exam may be taken in its place.
How is admission determined?

Three primary factors:

  • GRE test scores, especially quantitative scores of 160 or above
  • Academic record, especially economics and mathematics courses
  • Recommendation letters of scholars and instructors

Work experience is also considered when appropriate as well as other pertinent information including a match between the research interest of the applicant and the faculty.

Do you accept transfer students?

No. All graduate students must go through the first-year curriculum though in rare cases students with graduate level courses may be able to have Statistics and Mathematical Methods waived.
Will you give me a preliminary indication if I will be accepted or given financial aid?

No. It is our policy not to offer such preliminary evaluations. Students must go through the application process at which time we will make an admission and aid decision. We request that applicants do not ask us to make a preliminary evaluation.
Do you consider applications received after the application deadline?

No. The application system is shut down shortly after the deadline and late applications will not be considered.
Can students enter the program in the spring semester?

No. We only admit students for entry in the fall semester.
What if my transcripts are not in English?

If your transcripts are not issued in English, you must submit documents in both the original language and English translation from a professional third party service. Please refer to this site for available services www.atanet.org.
Is there a mailing address to use for the application process?

No. Mailed documents will not be accepted. All documents must be uploaded to your application site, before you submit your application.
Should I send my final grades if I receive them after I have submitted my application?

No. Please upload your latest unofficial transcripts to your application site and submit your application before the posted deadline date.
Should the department wish to see your final grades during your application review, you will be contacted directly by a committee member.
Will updates to my application be accepted after the application deadline?

No. Shortly after the application deadline, the Review Committee begins their review process. Updates are not accepted once this process has begun.
If I am admitted to the Economics Ph.D program, how should I send my official transcripts?

All official transcripts should be emailed directly from your institution to the Graduate Admissions and Enrollment office at: graduateadmissions@jhu.edu