MA and PhD Program

PhD application deadline: January 5 (for Fall term)

  • Note: January 5 is the primary PhD deadline, everyone who has submitted an application by this date will be considered for financial assistance. For PhD applicants who are not requesting funding, Fall admissions is open through February 1. Again, those who submit applications from January 6 - February 1, will only be considered for admission-only offers.
  • Due to the structure of the first two years of the PhD program Spring admissions is not recommended.

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.

Accelerated MA, KU-undergraduates only: December 1 (for Spring term) August 20 (for Fall). Learn more about the Accelerated option.

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.
  • Personal statement
    • Please let us know a little bit about you, why you like economics and what career plans you may have.
  • Three letters of recommendation (For Accelerated MA applicants, letters of recommendation are not needed. Instead, please list KU references on your resume.)
    • 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.
  • GRE Test Scores (Ph.D. applicants only). The department has suspended the GRE requirement for Fall 2021 admission.  
    • ETS GRE code for KU Economics = 6871
  • PhD applicants: One-page document on the academic courses you have taken that taught multi-variable calculus, linear algebra, and introduction to proofs.
    • Please provide a brief course description (or bulleted list of topics covered) as well as the textbook that was used. 
  • 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: See Graduate Studies' English-proficiency-requirements for more complete details. (Note: Admission standards differ from the standards for employment as a GTA, which are listed above.)

Application Procedure


All applications must be submitted through the CollegeNET website. 

Please contact the department's Graduate Academic Advisor,