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Master’s Program Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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What items do I need to submit to apply for the Master's program?


  • Completed online application. The application opens November 1 and is due May 1.
  • Unofficial transcripts for all colleges or universities attended (upload in online application)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities where you received a bachelor’s degree and all subsequent degrees. Transcripts must show title of the degree earned and the date the degree was conferred. In cases where documents are not issued in English, applicants must submit certified word-for-word English translations of all documents. Send to the Office of the Registrar, 5257 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403 USA. Do not send transcripts to the Graduate School Office! More information.
  • GRE scores. Use the code 4846 for the University of Oregon and 1801 for the Department of Economics. GRE scores are required unless you are a current University of Oregon undergraduate who qualifies for a GRE waiver.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score, if international student. Students who have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or from an institution in the following countries, Australia, Canada (excluding Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom, are exempt from this requirement. More information.

When does the application open?

The application portal opens on September 15 each year. 

When is the application deadline?

Applications for the Master’s program are due May 1. 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. 

When will I receive my admissions decision?

Decisions are made on a rolling basis and applicants may receive their admissions decision anytime after January 1.

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

The admissions committee is looking for students to have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above. 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?

Applicants should have a quantitative background that includes courses in economics, calculus, and statistics. Specifically they should have:

1) A two term sequence in differential and integral calculus (at UO these courses are labeled MAT 241/242 or MAT 251/252).

2) At least one term of introductory college level statistics (at UO, MAT 243).

3) A course in both intermediate macroeconomics and intermediate microeconomics (at UO, EC 311 and EC 313).

4) An introductory course in econometrics or something similar (at UO, EC 320).

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.

TOEFL iBT or IELTS (International Students): The minimum score for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT) is 88. The minimum score for International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is 7.0.

Do I qualify for a GRE waiver?

Current UO students with a quantitative major (e.g. Economics, Business, Math) and an overall GPA of at least 3.2, qualify for a GRE waiver. Students at other universities and University of Oregon graduates who are not entering the Master’s program in the academic year immediately following completion of their undergraduate degree, do not qualify and must submit GRE scores for admissions consideration.

I already have a Master's in Economics. Am I eligible to apply for this program?

Students who already hold a graduate degree at the same level and discipline for which they are applying may be admitted to the University of Oregon only by petition to the Graduate School. In cases where a student already holds a similar degree, the content of the original degree must be fundamentally different from the degree to be pursued at the UO. Contact the graduate coordinator if you have questions about your eligibility.

International Students

How do I meet the English language requirement?

International applicants for the Master’s program must meet the University’s English language requirement by submitting test scores from the TOEFL iBT or International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or a transcript demonstrating the applicant 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. We do not accept the Duolingo English Test. More information.

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

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Scores. The minimum score for the TOEFL iBT test is 88. The minimum score for IELTS is 7.0.

Once I accept the offer of admission, how do I apply for my visa?

International students who will be sponsored by the University of Oregon on an F-1 visa or J-1 visa must first obtain a “Certificate of Eligibility” Form I-20 or DS-2019 in order to schedule a visa appointment. Verification of a student’s financial capability to pay tuition, fees and living expenses for at least the first year of study is required before Form I-20 or DS-2019 can be issued. More information.



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?

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.

Is enrolling part-time an option?

Yes. See the sample program of study for more information.


What is the cost of attendance?

For tuition, fees, and estimated living expenses see the Office of Financial Aid’s Graduate Cost of Attendance estimates and the Office of the Registrar’s tuition and fees calculator.

Is funding available for the Master's program?

Unfortunately, we are unable to financially assist students in our Master’s degree program. Students are encouraged to seek outside funding. See the Graduate School’s list of Graduate Employee (GE) Openings, the Office of Financial Aid, and International Student and Scholar Services for opportunities.