Frequently Asked Questions

The department follows the Graduate School’s standards regarding GPA. Note however, that admission to our graduate programs is competitive and just meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee you admission.

We ordinarily require all applicants to the graduate program to submit GRE scores. There is no minimum score for admission, but we give strong preference to applicants with scores above 160 on the verbal and 155 on the quantitative portions of the test.

The University of Connecticut’s institution code is 3915. There is no department code.

There are several preparation guides, including

The Graduate School has set minimum requirements for TOEFL and IELTS. Please read more on the English requirements. The department follows this standard. The Graduate School may waive the TOEFL/IELTS for certain applicants. Please see the Graduate School’s Waiver Policy.

Applicants are encouraged to submit any information that might strengthen their application, including evidence of English proficiency. Students who are candidates for a departmental teaching assistantship but have not submitted TOEFL scores will be required to provide evidence of English proficiency before an assistantship offer can be made. Students who have received a score of 28 and above on the speaking portion of the TOEFL exam are considered English certified. Please read more about UConn’s English standards.

The University of Connecticut’s institution code is 3915. There is no department code.

No, though some economics background is preferred. Students with little or no economics training, however, will usually only be considered for admission to the master’s program and, if admitted, will generally be required to take some undergraduate economics courses before beginning graduate study.

We only make admission and financial aid decisions upon receipt of a completed application. We cannot make “informal” assessments.

Students with a master’s degree in economics will be considered for admission directly into the Ph.D. program. In addition, qualified students with only a bachelor’s degree can be considered for admission directly into the Ph.D. program. Usually, however, this requires very strong undergraduate performance with an economics major and considerable mathematics training. Students who do not have this background but are interested in pursuing a Ph.D. will usually only be considered for admission into the master’s program, though with the expectation that they will later apply for admission to the Ph.D. program.

There is no set requirement for admission to the master’s program, but calculus is usually required. Students are also strongly encouraged to have some familiarity with linear algebra and probability & statistics. Direct admission to the Ph.D. program requires a stronger background in calculus, linear algebra, and statistics.

We receive hundreds of applications each year and can only fund a small percentage of those. Departmental funding, in the form of graduate assistantships, is based solely on academic merit and is awarded to the best qualified applicants in terms of GPA, GRE scores, and letters of recommendation (see also TOEFL requirements above). Only students admitted to the Ph.D. program will be considered for departmental funding. Departmental funding is not available for students in the master’s program.

In addition to offering some applicants financial aid, we put a small number of others on a waiting list and notify them of this status in their initial letter of admission. Other applicants admitted without aid cannot subsequently be put on a waiting list for aid.

Ph.D. students can expect to receive up to 5 years of funding from the department. However, continued funding is conditional on the student continuing to make normal progress in the program.

Applications received after February 1st will be considered for admission but will not ordinarily be considered for financial aid. Applications from international students will not be accepted after June 1st for the fall semester, since this does not provide enough time for visa documents to be processed.

We begin reviewing applications after the February 1st submission deadline. Decisions will be uploaded into the online application system as they are made, but no later than April 15th. Admitted students will receive additional information from the department in May.

Applicants who are admitted to the graduate program are usually allowed to defer their admission for at most one year without having to re-apply. However, students cannot defer financial aid awards. Thus, students admitted with financial aid can defer their admission one year but must re-apply for aid.

Because of the way our courses are sequenced, we do not offer admission for the Spring semester.