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Application Requirements


The following must be submitted to complete your application.

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Verbal, quantitative, and analytical scores on the GRE (GRE is optional for Fall 2021 admissions)
  • TOEFL or IELTS score for non-native English speakers
  • Academic Record (Note: We require copies of all transcripts; however, the transcripts can be unofficial copies from the school on school letterhead. You will only be asked to submit official transcripts if you are admitted into the program.)
  • Three to four Letters of Recommendations
  • Previous training in economics
  • Previous training in mathematics and statistics (including calculus, linear algebra, econometrics, mathematical economics)
  • If available, evidence of scholarly research and publications

A Master's Degree is not required for entering the PhD program, but applicants with Bachelor's degrees need to demonstrate a strong mathematical and statistical background and a commitment to graduate study in economics. The department does not have a predetermined formula for weighing admission criteria nor any rigid cut-off points on these criteria.

The primary consideration is the likelihood that the candidate will be able to complete the PhD program with distinction and utilize the acquired knowledge and skills effectively in a future career. Each application is examined by the admission committee that consists of tenure and tenure-track economics faculty.

Additional Information about Application Requirements

In addition to the minimum admission requirements listed by the Laney Graduate School, the Department of Economics PhD program also requires:

  1. TOEFL or IELTS Scores: Applicants who speak English as a second language must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores in addition to the GRE scores. Please ask ETS to report your scores to Emory University. The department code for the GRE is 1801. The department code for the TOEFL is 84. Emory’s code is 5187. If you have completed a degree in an English speaking institution, we will waive the TOEFL requirement.
  2. Writing Sample(s): A writing sample may be a paper that you wrote for a course or any other relevant paper that you have written. Your writing sample(s) should be uploaded in the "Attach Documents" section of the application form.
  3. Research Interest or Specialization: List your Research Interest or Specialization on the application. Your interests may be general or specific and you may list multiple interests.
  4. Research Experience: List your Research Experience on the application form. List those research experiences that you see as relevant for preparing you for graduate school and a future career in economics.