The Department admits students for Autumn quarter only each year. All international and domestic application materials must be received by December 15. If possible, international applicants should try to submit their application materials earlier than this deadline to allow additional time for processing.
Application procedures are the same whether or not you are applying for financial assistance from the department. There is no separate application for financial aid.
The Department of Economics does not defer admission. Applicants must begin their studies in September of the year for which they are accepted. If an applicant cannot attend the year for which s/he is accepted, s/he must re-apply for the following year.
Prerequisite Courses and GPA Requirement
Applicants for graduate study in economics are required to have completed undergraduate training that includes at least the following courses:
In addition, the following courses are strongly recommended:
An undergraduate major in economics is not required for admission to the graduate program provided that the above prerequisites have been met. Students who seek admission to graduate programs at the University of Washington must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in the last 90 graded quarter hours or the last 60 graded semester hours.
The average GPA of applicants admitted for the last three years was:
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
All applicants are required to take the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). No consideration is given to an application until the department receives official GRE scores. Therefore, prospective students should sign up to take the GRE as early as possible. GRE scores older than 5 years will not be accepted. There is no minimum cut-off for GRE scores.
The average GRE General Test scores of applicants admitted for the last three years were:
* The new scoring scale for the GRE (as of 2012) is 130-170 in 1-point increments.
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFLiBT)
All international applicants (except those noted below) are required to submit a valid score from one of the following tests to demonstrate spoken English proficiency. The scores noted meet the UW language requirement for international teaching assistants:
Applicants who achieve one of these scores will be given priority for departmental funding, although students who achieve slightly lower scores may also be considered for funding.
The following international applicants are NOT REQUIRED to take a language test to demonstrate spoken English proficiency:
However, the department does reserve the right to require any international applicant to pass the Versant English Test to demonstrate spoken English proficiency in order to preserve the integrity of teaching assignments.
For information about admission procedures and application forms, click here: Admission Procedures and Forms.
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Last Updated October 20, 2011