Admission to Graduate Programs

Candidates for admission to either the Master’s or Ph.D program must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year university, have substantial knowledge of intermediate economic theory, micro and macro, and calculus I, II, III including several or multi-variable calculus, elementary linear algebra, and statistics. Elementary analysis is recommended. Strong grades in economics and mathematics courses, as well as scholarly potential, will obviously be important to the admissions committee.

Required application materials for admission are (scroll down for further information):

  • the University of Oregon online Graduate Application
  • one set of official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended sent by postal mail to the Department of Economics
  • three letters of recommendation from references who can evaluate a candidate’s academic potential, (provide email addresses of your recommenders within the online Graduate Application)
  • scores on the general test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) sent from the testing center; the University’s institution code is 4846, the Department’s code is 1801
  • a TOEFL and/or spoken English test score (see below for qualifications/exemptions),  Be sure to use the University of Oregon code of 4846 when routing the TOEFL test score
  • a brief statement of purpose or personal statement, which can be uploaded into the online Graduate Application
  • a curriculum vitae or academic resume, which can be uploaded into the online Graduate Application
  • Please see FAQ’s for additional information on admissions procedures.

Application Deadlines

Ph.D. Application Deadlines

Ph.D. admissions are for the fall quarter term only. All application materials should be received by February 15 if a Graduate Teaching Fellowship (GTF) award application is being submitted. The application deadline is April 15 if application is for admission without departmental funding.

Masters Application Deadlines

Master’s students may be admitted for the fall quarter term only and all application materials must be received by May 15.

Non-Native Speakers of English


International students and non-native English speaking applicants must submit a score from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or the Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test (TOEFL iBT), or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The minimum score for the TOEFL iBT test is 88. The minimum score for IELTS is 7.0.

  • Additionally, non-native English speaking Ph.D. program applicants must submit a test of spoken English (see the Spoken English section below for specifics), this requirement is not waived even if the applicant holds a degree from an institution in an English speaking country.
  • 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.

Spoken English

Unless English is their native language, non-native speakers of English applying to the Ph.D. program must submit any one of the following to complete their application. Please be aware that this additional requirement for non-native speakers of English applies even if the applicant holds a degree from an institution in an English speaking country or permanent residency in the U.S.:

  • the Speaking Proficiency English Assessment Kit (SPEAK), or
  • the Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test (TOEFL iBT)

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance in the form of graduate teaching fellowships (GTFs) is awarded to a high proportion of students enrolled in the Ph.D. program.  GTF awards carry a full tuition waiver and a competitive stipend. Most Ph.D. students are also eligible for summer support, either in the form of teaching or research fellowships.  For full consideration of a GTF award, application for admission to the Ph.D. program and financial aid should be complete by February 15 of the academic year prior to admission.  For further information on GTF appointment, rehire criteria, and evaluation procedures, please go to, (select College of Arts and Sciences, then Economics) for the document describing the specific relationship between GTFs and the Economics Department. This document is entitled the General Duties and Responsibilities Statement. Financial assistance is not available for students applying to the master’s program.


The secure online application form and complete instructions are available here. Payment of application fee can be made by Visa, Master Card, Discover Card, or check.

Contact Information and Departmental Postal Mailing Address

Before contacting us for admission information, please be sure to read the FAQs (frequently asked questions) section listed above.

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

Telephone: (541) 346-1261
Email: Savannah Hines at

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