Department of Economics - PhD Admissions

PhD Admissions

Admission Criteria

You must have a bachelor's degree or the equivalent to apply to the W. P. Carey PhD program in economics. Along with your application form, fee and other materials, please submit:

  1. A current resume
  2. A personal statement of purpose
  3. Three letters of recommendation
  4. All official college/university transcripts
  5. Official GRE scores - sent directly to ASU by ETS
  6. Proof of English Proficiency, if needed

All application materials should be submitted to the ASU Graduate Education. Please follow carefully all posted ASU guidelines.

The Department of Economics admissions committee weighs all of the above factors, as well as performance in selected mathematics and economics courses. There is no absolute standard for any of the factors. A successful applicant submits a package that strongly indicates academic potential far above those of an average undergraduate student, supported by documentation.

Recommended Background

An undergraduate degree in Economics is not required to enter and successfully complete the PhD program. As a general guide, an entering PhD student should have a minimum of two years of calculus (including three calculus courses plus one course in advanced calculus and one course in differential equations), real analysis, mathematical analysis (proofs), linear algebra, two semesters of statistics plus intermediate macroeconomic and microeconomic theory.