Graduate Record Examination
GRE scores are required for all applicants, although there is no minimum score requirement.
English Language Proficiency Tests
Students whose native language is not English are required to submit scores from TOEFL or another English Language Proficiency Test. TOEFL scores are preferred, but IELTS or MELAB scores are accepted. A minimum TOEFL score of 79 is required. Alternative tests include IELTS (minimum score 6.5) or MELAB (minimum score 80). This requirement is waived for foreign applicants who have completed a degree within the past two years from a recognized institution of higher learning in the United States or another English-speaking country.
Applicants lacking a background in economics, math, or statistics may be required to complete coursework before entering the program.
A four-year bachelor’s degree (or the equivalent) is required, and a grade point average of 3.0 (B average) for both undergraduate and graduate coursework is preferred.
Minimum preparation for the M.S. program:
- micro and macroeconomic theory at the intermediate undergraduate level
- two semesters of calculus
- introductory linear algebra
Additional coursework in economics, statistics and math is highly desirable and recommended, especially for students who intend to apply for the doctoral program after completion of the M.S. degree.
A master’s degree (or the equivalent) is strongly recommended, and a grade point average of 3.0 (B average) for both graduate and undergraduate coursework is expected. Applicants with a bachelor’s degree (or the equivalent) are generally considered for admission to the M.S. program, except in special cases. If you do not have a master’s level degree but plan to seek a Ph.D., please indicate this on your application. If you wish to enter the Ph.D. program directly without a master’s degree, please discuss your preparation for Ph.D. coursework in your written statement.
Applicants to the Ph.D. program should have completed the coursework listed above for entrance to the M.S. program. In addition, applicants should have completed:
- micro and macro economic theory at the M.S. level
- econometrics or mathematical statistics at the M.S. level
- multivariate calculus, linear algebra and differential equations
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December 10 is the priority application deadline and the deadline for applicants who wish to be considered for financial aid for fall admission. Applications received by December 10 will be given priority consideration for admission and financial support. Applications received after December 10 will be considered only on a space and funds available basis.
Admission is typically offered for the fall semester in Applied Economics. Students will only be considered for spring admission if they have completed all courses that are equivalent to the required core sequence that begins in the fall. This applies for both the M.S. and Ph.D. programs.
Applications cannot be reviewed until all required materials listed below are submitted successfully and application fees have been paid.
Complete the Applied Economics Graduate Program Supplementary Application Form
This form asks for information on your educational background and work experience. Register and fill in the Supplementary Application Form, making sure to save and submit your form. You can return and revise the form anytime.
Submit all other required materials through the online application system.
|Required Materials||What to Submit|
|Application for Graduate Admission||
Required: personal information, application information, educational background, test information (self-reported), employment/residence information, financial support, applicant statements 1 & 2, and recommendations
In Applicant Statement #1, please describe your immediate and long-term research and career interests.
Optional: all other fields or application materials are optional, but will not be taken into consideration if submitted. A writing sample is not required.
|Application Fee||Fees vary based on applicant status. For information, visit the Graduate School's application fee page.|
Unofficial transcripts or academic records should be uploaded directly into the online application. Please do not mail in paper copies of your transcripts, there is no need for official transcripts for initial review.
If you are admitted, the University will then request official copies of any degree-granting transcripts. Applicants will receive instructions on how to submit official documents after they are admitted.
|Letters of Recommendation||
Acceptable recommendations will come from current or former professors who can assess your potential for graduate work. Other recommenders, such as employers, are also acceptable.
Three (3) references are required. Your recommenders will receive an email with instructions about how to upload a letter.
Paper copies are not accepted.
Scores should be entered in the Test Information-Self-Reported field in the online application.
Request official scores be sent electronically to the University of Minnesota (institution code 6874)
GMAT scores are not accepted.
|TOEFL (IELTS or MELAB) Scores||
TOEFL scores are preferred. Scores should be entered in the self-reported Test Information field in the online application and official scores should be sent to the University of Minnesota (institution code 6874).
|Curriculum Vitae or Résumé||Upload into the Program Supplementary Information section.|
- Be sure that both steps have been completed (Applied Economics Supplementary Application form submission and the submission of required materials through the online application).
- Given that all materials are submitted electronically, no materials need to be mailed to the department.
- Please do not upload any publications, awards or writing samples.
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Change of Status
Complete the new application if you want to:
- add a new program (at the same or higher degree level)
- change to a different program (at the same or higher degree level)
- change from a Master’s to a Ph.D. degree (in the same program you are currently enrolled in)
- If you are currently a Master’s student in applied economics and want to apply to the Ph.D. program, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies at firstname.lastname@example.org before you submit your application. They will let you know which parts of the new application you need to complete. We recommend that you prepare a new statement of research interests explaining your goals for the Ph.D. program, and that you obtain at least two (2) letters of recommendation from faculty in the applied economics graduate program.
- drop from a Ph.D. and pursue a Master's only (in the same program your Ph.D. was in)
Complete the Express Readmit application if you want to:
- Apply to be re-instated in the same graduate program and degree, but your active student status has lapsed in the past five years. Contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Joe Ritter at email@example.com before you submit your express re-admit application for further instructions. For more instructions, visit Applying for Readmission.
For More Information
- Admissions Frequently Asked Questions
- Funding Frequently Asked Questions
- The Graduate School Frequently Asked Questions
- Applied Economics Graduate Program
Director of Graduate Studies - Joe Ritter & Graduate Program Coordinator - Jenna Mead
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