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Non-Native Speakers of English

 

Because of the challenging nature of the work required in our graduate programs and the emphasis on teaching and collaboration, international students applying to the Department of Economics must demonstrate proficiency in the English language to ensure they have the tools necessary to succeed. For more information please visit the Graduate School requirements here.

PhD Program Requirements

International students and non-native English speaking applicants must submit a score from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), 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 paper-based test is 575 or 232 for the computer-based test. The minimum score for the TOEFL iBT test is 88. The minimum score for IELTS is 7.0.

Additionally, non-native English speaking PhD program applicants must submit a test of spoken English to complete their application: Either the TOEFL iBT or the Speaking Proficiency English Assessment Kit (SPEAK).

NOTE:  These requirements for non-native speakers of English apply even if the applicant holds a degree from an institution in an English-speaking country or has permanent residency in the U.S.

Master’s Program Requirements

Applicants must submit a score from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), 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 paper-based test is 575 or 232 for the computer-based test. The minimum score for the TOEFL iBT test is 88. The minimum score for IELTS is 7.0.

Limited exception: Applicants to the master’s program may have the TOEFL requirement waived if they received a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in the U.S. or from any of the following countries: Australia, Canada (excluding Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom.