MA and PhD Program

Application Deadlines

MA, MA/JD, and non-degree-seeking applications are due: November 1 (for Spring term); May 1 (for Fall or Summer)

  • Non-Degree Seeking. Students who are interested in enrolling in graduate level coursework in the Department of Economics without formal admission to a graduate program at KU are encouraged to apply for graduate non-degree seeking student status.

PhD application deadline: January 2 (for Fall term)

  • Note: For PhD applicants who are not requesting departmental consideration for financial assistance, Fall admissions is open through March 31. January 2 is the primary PhD deadline.
  • Due to the structure of the first two years of the PhD program Spring admissions is not recommended.

Application Materials

  • Current resume or CV
  • Copies of official transcripts from each university or college you have attended.  
    • Official transcripts are not required until after you have been admitted into the MA or PhD program.
  • Three letters of recommendation.  
    • Contract information for your letter writers will be submitted in your application and they will receive a request to submit a letter on your behalf electronically.
  • Personal statement
    • Please let us know a little bit about you, why you like economics and what career plans you may have.
  • GRE Test Scores (Ph.D. applicants only) 
    • ETS GRE code for KU Economics = 6871
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores (International applicants only)
    • Because we strive to offer strong PhD applicants a comprehensive financial aid package, which typically comes in the form of a paid graduate teaching assistant position, applicants must have the following TOEFL or IELT scores to be considered:
      • TOEFL: Reading, Listening, and Writing part scores at least 20. Speaking 22 (Speaking score only applies to PhD applicants)
        • ETS TOEFL code for KU = 6871
      • IELTS: Minimum overall score 6.0 with no part score below 5.5. Speaking 8 (Speaking score only applies to PhD applicants)
        • IELTS reports can be emailed to The Graduate Admissions' office will then verify your scores and add them to your application (which can be in-progress or submitted)
      • Exceptions for admission: Non-native English speakers may demonstrate proficiency with the following: Graduation with a baccalaureate degree (or higher) earned in residence from an accredited English-medium U.S. college or university or a college or university in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, English-speaking province of Canada, or an English-speaking Caribbean country, with instruction conducted in English. (Please note: if offered GTA position, additional documentation may be requested.) 

Application Procedure


All applications must be submitted through the CollegeNET website. Please read and follow the instructions carefully. 

More Questions?
Please contact the department's Graduate Academic Advisor,

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