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Graduate Program Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Applying

What items do I need to send to the Department of Economics to apply for the graduate program?

  • Completed online application.
  • Unofficial transcripts for all colleges or universities attended. Upload these to the online application.
  • GRE scores. Use the code 4846 for the University of Oregon and 1801 for the Department of Economics
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFl) scores. Required for all international master’s and doctoral applicants. See International Students FAQs below for more information.
  • Test of Spoken English. Required for all non-native English speaking PhD applicants, including those with bachelor’s degrees from an English-speaking university or permanent U.S. residency. This requirement must be completed by the deadline of February 1 to be considered for GE funding. See International Students FAQs below for more information.
  • Personal statement and curriculum vitae. Upload these to the online application.

What is the postal address for the Department of Economics graduate program?

Send your application materials to the Department of Economics using the following address:

Graduate Programs Coordinator
Department of Economics (435 PLC)
1285 University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon 97403-1285
U.S.A.

When are the application deadlines?

Please note that applications that are incomplete by the deadline date will not be reviewed. All graduate students are admitted for the fall term only.

PhD Program
February 1—if applying for GE funding
April 1—if not applying for GE funding

Master’s Program
May 1

What items do I need to send to the UO Office of Admissions?

Official transcripts from all colleges or universities where you received a bachelor’s degree and all subsequent degrees. Transcripts must show degrees awarded. Please review this page for more detailed information.  DO NOT SEND TRANSCRIPTS TO THE GRADUATE SCHOOL OFFICE!

Additional Requirements for International Students

Please send the following items to the Office of Admissions:

  • Transcripts. Include an English version if needed and attach a certificate of degree.
  • Bank statement
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFl) or the Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test (TOEFl iBT) score if you are a non-native speaker of English without a degree from an institution in an English speaking country. Use the University of Oregon code of 4846 when routing the TOEFL test score.
  • Spoken English test scores. Students in the doctoral program must also complete the SPEAK Test or the speaking component of the internet-based TOEFl.

What is the postal address for the UO Office of Admissions?

Office of Admissions
1217 University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon 97403-1217
U.S.A.

What is the minimum GPA I need to be accepted to the graduate program?

The admissions committee are looking for students to have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0, and if you have graduate level work, a 3.5 GPA at that level. Strong grades in economics and mathematics courses are especially important.

What types of courses should I complete in my undergraduate studies to be considered for the program?

At minimum, applicants should have a knowledge of intermediate economic theory, micro and macro, calculus I, II, III, several or multi-variable calculus, elementary linear algebra, and introduction to mathematical methods of statistics. It is highly recommended that doctoral applicants have taken a real analysis class.

What minimum test scores do I need to be considered for the program?

GRE Scores. Our Graduate Admissions and Awards Committee would like to see GRE scores at or above the 70th percentile in the quantitative and analytical sections for admission to either the masters or doctoral program. However, to be competitive for admission to the doctoral program and for a Graduate Teaching Fellowship, you should have GRE scores at or above the 80th percentile. The mean general test quantitative score has been in the 88th percentile for recently admitted doctoral students and in the 82nd percentile for recently admitted masters students. Average scores on the verbal portion have been in the 72nd percentile for doctoral admissions and 71st percentile for masters admissions.

International Students/Non-Native Speakers of English

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFl) Scores. The minimum TOEFl score for admission into either program is 575 (paper based test) or 232 (computer based test). The minimum score for the TOEFl iBT test is 88. The minimum score for IELTS is 7.0.

Test of Spoken English. Either the SPEAK (Speaking Proficiency in English Assessment Kit), or TOEFl iBT is an admission requirement for the doctoral program, even if you hold permanent residency in the U.S. or a degree from an institution in an English speaking country. There is no minimum for the SPEAK test. However, the committee would like to see scores at or above the 50 mark. The corresponding score for the TOEFL iBT speaking sub-score is 26.

 


International Students

What tests must I take to be considered for the PhD program?

International students applying to the doctoral program must provide the TOEFL, TOEFL iBT, or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test score.

In addition, all non-native English-speaking applicants to the doctoral program must provide the SPEAK (Speaking Proficiency in English Assessment Kit), or TOEFL iBT test scores to be considered for the program.

These tests are required even if the applicant holds permanent residency in the U.S. or a degree from an institution in an English speaking country.

Note: Please ensure that you take these tests in plenty of time to meet the February 1 deadline to be considered for a GE appointment.

What tests must I take to be considered for the master’s program?

Non-native English speakers applying to the master’s program must provide the TOEFL, TOEFL iBT, or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test score.

Limited exception: Master’s program applicants who have received a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited U.S. institution or from an institution in the following countries: Australia, Canada (excluding Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom may have the TOEFL requirement waived.

What minimum test scores must I have to be considered for the program?

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFl) Scores. The minimum TOEFl score for admission into either program is 575 (paper based test) or 232 (computer based test). The minimum score for the TOEFl iBT test is 88. The minimum score for IELTS is 7.0.

Test of Spoken English. Either the SPEAK (Speaking Proficiency in English Assessment Kit), or TOEFl iBT is an admission requirement for the doctoral program, even if you hold permanent residency in the U.S. or a degree from an institution in an English speaking country. There is no minimum for the SPEAK test. However, the committee would like to see scores at or above the 50 mark. The corresponding score for the TOEFL iBT speaking sub-score is 26.

What additional materials should I provide to the Office of Admissions?

You will also need to send the following items to the Office of Admissions to complete your application to the UO Economics Department:

  • Transcripts. Include an English version if needed and attach a certificate of degree.
  • Bank statement
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFl) or the Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test (TOEFl iBT) score if you are a non-native speaker of English without a degree from an institution in an English speaking country. Use the University of Oregon code of 4846 when routing the TOEFL test score.
  • Spoken English test scores. Students in the doctoral program must also complete the SPEAK Test or the speaking component of the internet-based TOEFl.

The postal address for these items is:

Office of Admissions
1217 University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon 97403-1217
U.S.A.
 
 

Admissions

Does the Department of Economics offer conditional admission?

No. The Department does not offer conditional admission to its graduate program.

Can I contact someone to learn about my chances of being admitted or receiving GE funding?

Unfortunately, we are unable to evaluate such requests. Because our entire admissions committee must evaluate each graduate program application, it is important to have all your application materials received by the specified deadlines to ensure that it receives a thoughtful review. After the deadline, the committee works as quickly as possible to notify applicants about their decision.

How long does it take to receive an admissions decision?

After the application deadline has passed and all materials have been received by the Department of Economics, you’ll receive a notification of admission from the department within two to three weeks. Afterward, you’ll receive a formal admission notification from the UO Office of Admissions. This notification can take four to six weeks.

Can I contact someone to learn about my chances of being admitted or receiving GE funding?

Unfortunately, we are unable to evaluate such requests. Because our entire admissions committee must evaluate each graduate program application, it is important to have all your application materials received by the specified deadlines to ensure that it receives a thoughtful review. After the deadline, the committee works as quickly as possible to notify applicants about their decision.

 

 


Funding

How much does a GE award cover?

Graduate Employee (GE) awards are available to a small number of doctoral students. The awards carry a tuition waiver and a stipend of approximately $17,500 for a nine-month academic year. Fellowships are awarded to admitted doctoral students based on the strength of academic qualifications and potential, as documented in the admissions file.

For full consideration of an award for the following fall term, all admissions materials must be received by February 1.

How many students receive an award each year?

In general, the Department of Economics awards GE appointments to approximately five to seven doctoral students each year.

Is funding available for the masters program?

Unfortunately, we are unable to financially assist students in our master’s degree program.

When would I be notified about receiving financial assistance?

Applicants to the doctoral program who meet the February 1 deadline will be informed of an award decision no later than May 15. However, most award decisions are made and communicated prior to April 1.