The admission of each applicant is decided by the department as a whole and rests upon the applicant’s:
- Academic record (especially economics and mathematics courses)
- GRE scores
- Recommendations from scholars and instructors
- Other pertinent information, including the match between the research interests of the applicant and the faculty
To apply for admission, applicants are required to submit:
- Unofficial transcripts from all previous college and university study. Applicants will be unable to complete and submit the online application if unofficial transcripts are not included.
- At least two letters of recommendation. Letters should come from individuals who can comment on your scholarly skills.
- GRE scores. Admitted students nearly always have very high quantitative GRE scores.
- Foreign applicants must also take the TOEFL. The department requires TOEFL with a minimum score of 100 (internet-based), 600 (paper-based) or 250 (computer-based), or IELTS with a bandscore of 7 in place of the TOEFL.
Students should have a knowledge of economic theory and statistics and a strong background in mathematics, including differential and integral calculus and linear algebra. Almost all of our students enter with at least two semesters of calculus and linear algebra. In admissions decisions, we like applicants to have taken other mathematics courses as well, including more advanced calculus, differential equations, probability, and real analysis.