Applying for Admission

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The Admissions Committee only reviews complete applications (all materials have been submitted, including reference letters, GRE scores and TOEFL scores if required.)


All applications for the fall semester are due January 15th.

All applications for the spring semester are due October 15th.

Master of Science (MSc) and MAAE programs

Applicants are considered for admission to the Master of Science and MAAE programs 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 all programs

A grade point average of 3.0 (A=4.0), or comparable GPA for an international applicant, for the last two years of undergraduate study is a minimum requirement for admission.

For admission, the University requires international applicants whose native language is not English provide Proof of English Proficiency:

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