Applying for Admission

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Students are encouraged to submit their application early as the Admissions Committee starts reviewing them on January 2, 2019. The Admissions Committee only reviews complete applications (all materials have been submitted.)


If applying to start in: Fall semester  Spring semester 

Admission and Fellowship

February 15

October 15

Admission and Assistantship

February 15

October 15

Admission (residing abroad)

February 15

October 15

Admission (residing in the U.S.)

February 15

October 15


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), or comparable GPA for an international applicant, for the last two years of undergraduate study 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 79  OR
  • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS) academic examination overall score of at least 6.5.
  • Scores must be less than two years old from the first day of class at the proposed term of entry in order to be valid.

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