Graduate Program

PhD Program

Application Deadlines

MA and MA/JD application deadlines:

  • Fall and Summer admission is May 1st 
  • Spring admission is November 1st

PhD application deadlines

  • Fall admissions (Department financial assistance consideration) is January 2nd
  • Fall admissions (no financial assistance consideration) is March 31st
  • 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)
  • Financial Resource Statement/Affidavit of Support (for international Ph.D. applicants only):
       International applicants will need to provide proof of financial resources in order to be formally admitted to the university and be issued immigration paperwork.  International      students who wish to be considered for financial assistance please read the Department of Economics' requirements for eligibility.
    • The department will review your application even if financial certification forms are not included, however these forms will need to be submitted prior to the        university issuing an official admissions offer or immigration documents.
    • If an applicant is awarded a teaching assistantship,or fellowship, then this requirement is waived. 

Application Procedure


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

Send any hard copy materials directly to:

The Graduate Secretary 
Department of Economics 
415 Snow Hall
1460 Jayhawk Blvd.
University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS 66045

More Questions?
Please contact us at or 785-864-2841. We also encourage you to read our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

News / Events
  • Professor Ginther's research points to early career pubications as the likely source of racial gap in NIH funding. Learn more >>
  • Best of luck to our PhD students presenting at SEA's annual meeting in Washington, DC. View schedule (pdf).
  • Professor Barnett's work on accurately measuring money cited as critical in avoiding past Fed mistakes. Read Forbes' article >>
  • PhD applications are due on January 2. View our informational flyer (pdf).
  • Graduate Student Scholarship, established in memory of Professor Shu Wu. Learn more. >>