Qualifications and Student Profile

An undergraduate degree in Economics is not required to enter the PhD program. In past years, most applicants recommended for graduate admission had the following profile:

  • Proven independent research ability (e.g., honors thesis).
  • GPA of 3.5 or higher with consideration for the degree of difficulty of the course work.
  • Upper level mathematical course work, including real analysis, mathematical analysis, linear algebra, differential equations, advanced calculus and statistics with grades of A- or better.
  • GRE Quantitative scores ranging from the 85th to the 99th percentile.
  • Grades of A-minus or better in intermediate level theory courses (microeconomics, macroeconomics, econometrics) with a strong preference for honors or mathematical track versions of all three courses.
  • Advanced undergraduate or graduate-level coursework in economics.

Individuals who have completed a three-year degree with no additional coursework typically do not qualify as having an equivalent U.S. bachelor's degree. Applicants with a 3-year degree and at least one year of graduate study should contact Graduate Admissions to clarify if their degree would be equivalent to a U.S. 4-year degree.