Admission Information

Prospective students interested in applying to the PhD in Economics program should use UNCG’s online application system. You can begin an application at any time, save the results, and return to complete the application at your convenience. Be sure to specify that you are interested in the PhD in Economics program. Please note that the Department of Economics will not be able to view your application or make decide on admission until your application is both complete and submitted.

Application Deadline


The PhD program only admits students for fall admission. We accept and review applications on a rolling basis beginning February 15 with the following deadlines.

Priority Deadline
February 15th
Complete applications that are submitted by this date are given first priority for admission and for fellowships, scholarships, and assistantships.
Standard Deadline
May 1st
April 1st for international students.
Complete applications that are submitted by this date will be considered for admission and for fellowships, scholarships, and assistantships after applications that were submitted by February 15 have been evaluated.
Late Deadline
Between May 1st and July 1st
Between April 1st and June 1st for international students.
Complete applications that are submitted in the period will be considered for admission. However, it is not possible to consider such applications for financial assistance.

Requirements


Admission to the PhD in Economics program requires a master’s degree in economics comparable to the MA in Applied Economics offered at UNCG. In order for a master’s degree to be considered comparable to the UNCG MA, your graduate coursework should include the following:

  • Two graduate-level courses in microeconomics
  • Two graduate-level courses in econometrics
  • One graduate-level course in macroeconomics

Prospective students with a master’s degree in economics from another institution may be required to take additional courses if their master’s degree is not sufficiently comparable to the MA in Applied Economics offered at UNCG.  Students interested in earning a PhD in economics who do not have a master’s degree in economics or who have a master’s degree in economics that is significantly different from the UNCG MA in Applied Economics program should apply to our combined MA/PhD in Economics program.

In addition to the transcript from a master’s degree in economics, the admission decision is based on an evaluation of four criteria:

  • GRE scores (quantitative score should fall above the 70th percentile)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Superior performance in graduate economics courses
  • A personal statement

Your personal statement should be approximately 1-2 pages in length and should contain a description of how your academic background has prepared you to pursue graduate work in economics and how receiving a doctoral degree in applied economics will help you achieve your career goals.  Please do not upload a writing sample or previous publication.

If you have questions about these requirements, please feel free to contact the Department of Economics at economics@uncg.edu or (336) 256-1010.

For information about additional university admission requirements and procedures, please see the Guide to Graduate Admissions.  International applicants, in particular, should also see Graduate School’s International Application Requirements for important information.  Any questions about these requirements and procedures should directed to The Graduate School.

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If you would like to arrange a campus visit to meet current graduate students and faculty and sit in on graduate courses, please contact us at economics@uncg.edu or (336) 256-1010.

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