University requirements for admission include a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university; 3.0 GPA in last 60 hours (90 quarter hours) of undergraduate work; scores from the GRE General Aptitude test; and for international students whose first language is not English, a TOEFL score of 600 (or 100 on the internet based test), a minimum score of 68 on the Pearson Test of English, or a minimum IELTS score of 7.
Admission is based on the academic record and two letters of recommendation. In general, a B+ average in undergraduate or previous graduate course work is required. Admission is not automatic for students who qualify and may be limited by programmatic constraints. A student whose undergraduate background does not meet the standards for admission may be considered for admission after completing 12 credit hours of approved graduate course work in nondegree status with a grade point average of at least 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale). ECON-500 Microeconomics, ECON-501 Macroeconomics, and ECON-505 Introduction to Mathematical Economics must be taken within these 12 hours.
To apply to the MA program, you must submit the completed application form, two letters of recommendation (preferably from your current or former professors who know about your academic potential rather than from an employer who might only know about your success in your job), and transcripts from previous undergraduate and graduate course work.
In making our decision about your admission, we examine your entire file. No single part of your application file takes precedence over the rest. From your transcript, we learn what courses you have taken and what grades you have made in each of your courses. We read your personal statement from the application form and the letters of recommendation. Based on all of this information, we make a judgment about your ability to succeed in our program.
The College of Arts and Sciences uses a rolling admissions process, and applications are accepted at all times. Spring and fall admissions are available.