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1.  Does the Economics Department admit an incoming class every year?
No. The Economics department admit students every even numbered year (2014, 2016,...).  Applications will be accepted during the 2017-18 academic year for students to start in Fall 2018.

2.  What is the application deadline?
To have full consideration for university-wide fellowships, all application materials must be received by December 15; additional applications will be accepted until January 15. Applicants are encouraged to submit their materials prior to the deadline because some departments may start making offers earlier if they see an attractive candidate. Some departments will accept applications after this deadline. Interested individuals should check with the Director of the Ph.D. program for more details.

3.  Is a master's degree required for admission to the Ph.D. program?
No. However, students who have a master's degree are more competitive for admission with financial aid. The Ph.D. program requires a total of 60 hours beyond the bachelor's to include no more than 12 hours of dissertation preparation. 

4.  Are foreign national applicants considered for financial aid awards?
Yes. All financial aid awards decisions are made on a merit basis.

5.  What is covered with an assistantship?
All incoming students are expected to have an assistantship working 20 hours a week doing research and/or teaching for the department. Our assistantships cover four years, and have a stipend high enough to cover reasonable living expenses. Stipends are guaranteed for four years as long as a student shows satisfactory academic progress.

6.  Is a tuition waiver included with the assistantship?
Yes, with satisfactory academic progress students can expect to receive a 100 percent tuition waiver for five years. Students are responsible for paying university-administered fees.

7. Is student insurance covered?
Yes, 100 percent of individual student insurance will be covered for students using university insurance. Coverage for additional family members is available, but not covered by the Ph.D. program.

8.  Can a foreign national student meet all necessary expenses based on the assistantship?
Applicants receiving graduate assistantships are issued an I-20 form without any additional financial certification. 

9.  Can the doctoral degree be pursued on a part-time basis?
No, the program is structured to be completed on a full-time basis and takes approximately four to five years to complete. 

10.  What are the admission criteria for the Ph.D. in Economics program?
Students are considered for admission based on previous academic performance, GRE scores, letters of reference and work experience. Average test scores and grade point ratios also vary from year to year, depending on the applicant pool. 

11.  What is the Education Testing Service institutional code for submission of GRE/TOEFL scores?
The correct institutional code is 5818. It is not necessary to include a departmental code.

12.  Can international students waive the TOEFL examination? 
Any international student who completes a degree from a US school will automatically have the TOEFL requirement waived (no paperwork required).  We will consider waiving the TOEFL score for international applicants from programs and countries where the medium of instruction is English and who have a GMAT (GRE if applicable) score in an acceptable range. If the GMAT/GRE score, or other indicators of English, are sub-standard, we reserve the right to require the TOEFL.                                                                                                                                          

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