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Admission Criteria

Admission to the doctoral program in EEFE is based on a careful evaluation of an applicant's potential to successfully complete the degree program.

Admission to the doctoral program in EEFE is based on a careful evaluation of an applicant's potential to successfully complete the degree program. It is also based on our ability to offer an effective program to the applicant. Because our faculty and resources are limited, not all qualified applicants can be admitted. The number of applicants who are admitted varies from one semester to another.

Requirements listed here are in addition to requirements stated in the GENERAL INFORMATION section of the Graduate Bulletin. Applicants must complete the online Graduate School application and pay a nonrefundable application fee.

Scores from the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE), or from a comparable substitute examination accepted by the graduate program, are required for admission. At the discretion of a graduate program, a student may be admitted provisionally for graduate study in a program without these scores. Letters of recommendation and an applicant's statement of purpose are also required.

Students admitted to the Ph.D. program are in general expected, though are not required, to have a master's degree in economics, agricultural economics, resource economics or other closely related field. Consistent with this general expectation, students admitted to the Ph.D. program should have course work in:

  • Differential and integral calculus, and linear algebra.
  • Master's-level economic theory.
  • Master's-level statistics/econometrics.

Students admitted to the Ph.D. program are also expected to have a minimum 3.00 Grade Point Average (GPA) in master's-level course work (on a 4.00 scale). Exceptions to the minimum 3.00 GPA may be made for students with special backgrounds, abilities, and interests at the discretion of the program.

Promising students who seek to enter the Ph.D. program but who have course work deficiencies may be admitted to the M.S. program and subsequently apply to the Ph.D. program after successfully eliminating the deficiencies. Completion of the M.S. degree is not required of students admitted to the Ph.D. program from the M.S. program. The expected time to completion of the Ph.D. for students without course work deficiencies is 3.5 to 4 years.