Admissions

We only admit students for the fall semester. The application deadline is January 1, 2022 and admission decisions will be made starting in February. We especially welcome applications from underrepresented minorities, as diversity is important in our graduate program. 

We receive around 500 completed applications for a target incoming class of about 12. The admission of each applicant is decided by the department as a whole and rests upon the applicants:

  • Academic record (especially economics and mathematics courses)
  • GRE scores, especially quantitative scores of 160 or above
  • Recommendations from scholars and instructors
  • Other pertinent information, including work experience, or the match between the research interests of the applicant and the faculty

All applicants will be notified by email. We request that applicants do not ask us to make a preliminary evaluation. This program does not accept transfer students. 

Requirements

All requirements, the application, and more details can be found on the graduate admissions site.

  • 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. If your transcripts are not issued in English, you must submit documents both in the original language and English translation from a professional third party service
  • 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.
    • In the 2021 admissions cycle, some applicants might have difficulty in taking the GRE owing to the coronavirus pandemic. You should note that in most countries, the GRE test is available at home. However, applicants can petition the department for a waiver of the GRE requirement on the grounds that they could not readily or safely take the test owing to the pandemic. Applicants who want to petition for such a waiver can do so by emailing graduateadmissions@jhu.edu.
  • Foreign applicants must also take the TOEFL or IELTS. 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 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. The TSE is not required. 

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.