Application Process

Applications are submitted through ASU Graduate Admissions.

Applications open September 1 and the deadline is January 15. Applicants are encouraged to apply and send documents as early as possible to ensure review of the application for full funding. All funding offers are made before April 15 as part of the Council of Graduate Schools Resolution.

Applications submitted after January 15 and not complete with the necessary documents (e.g., missing letters of recommendation, GRE scores, or official transcripts) may not be considered in time for our full funding offers and admission by the Economics Graduate Admissions Committee. All documents should be submitted through the Graduate College Admissions for processing.

Items to have ready for your online application:

  • Undergraduate overall GPA and 3rd - 4th year GPA (also called Junior-Senior GPA) and Graduate GPA
  • Recommender names and correct email addresses - a request to upload the letter is sent to them through email.
  • Personal statement in .docx or .pdf form, ready to be uploaded
  • CV / Resume in .docx or .pdf form, ready to be uploaded
  • Unofficial transcripts in .pdf format, ready to be uploaded (files larger than 1MB will not be accepted).
  • Payment method for application fee

Important: After you apply, ASU will notify you on the status of your application and all outstanding items through priority tasks in the MyASU dashboard. Please note that it can take several weeks for international documents to be processed and updated on MyASU.

International Applicants

For the most up-to-date information on transcripts, degree requirements, English proficiency and language exemptions, please go to the International Graduate Admissions webpage.


All students who are admitted to the Economics PhD program will receive a graduate assistantship that includes a competitive stipend, 100% tuition waiver and student health insurance (individual only). The level of funding will be determined by the competitiveness of the application in comparison to the others that have been admitted. After admission, the Graduate Admissions Committee will determine funding.