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Applying for Admission*

*Admission Questions?  Email Professor Madhu Khanna, Director of Recruiting and Admissions


If applying to start in:

Fall semester 

Spring semester 

Admission and Fellowship

January 1

November 1

Admission and Assistantship

February 15

November 1

Admission (residing abroad)

February 15

October 15

Admission (residing in the U.S.)

April 15

November 1


Master of Science (MSc) program:

Applicants are considered for admission to the Master of Science program if they have (or are enrolled in the final year of) a bachelor’s or equivalent degree comparable to degrees granted by the University of Illinois.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program:

Applicants for the Doctor of Philosophy program must also have received or be in the process of completing a master’s degree.

Rules and Guidelines applicable to both programs:

A grade point average of 3.0 (A=4.0) for the last two years of undergraduate study and any graduate work completed is a minimum requirement for admission.

For admission, international applicants whose native language is not English must provide:

  • A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT) score of at least 88 (230 computer-based and 570 paper-based)  OR
  • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS) academic examination overall score of at least 6.5 with a minimum sub-section score of 6 in each of the four modules (speaking, listening, writing, and reading)

All applicants must submit the materials listed on the Application Checklist including GRE scores.

In addition to quantitative elements of the application, the following enhance an applicant's credentials:

  • Evident motivation to undertake graduate study
  • A clear interest in studying and researching in a focus area of the department
  • Good preparation in economics and quantitative methods
  • Relevant experience

Apply through the University's Graduate College