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 scores from one (1) of the following two testing options:
A. Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test (TOEFL iBT);
B. International English Language Testing System (IELTS);
The minimum score for the TOEFL iBT test is 88. The minimum score for IELTS is 7.0.
NOTE: For consideration for admission in the Department of Economics’ PhD program, 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 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.
Limited exception: Applicants to the master’s program may have this 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.