Admissions

We encourage prospective students to apply online. You may also request an admissions packet by E-Mail.

The requirements for admission to the Ph.D. program are:

  1. Bachelor’s Degree: A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  2. GPA, GRE, and TOEFL: A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (out of 4) during the last two years of undergraduate education, and a minimum combined verbal plus quantitative score above the 60th percentile (currently 1120) on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Every candidate must take the GRE. Foreign students whose native language is not English, must have a score of at least 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
  3. Prerequisites: The following courses at the undergraduate level: Statistics, two semesters of Calculus, and one semester of Linear Algebra. Promising students who have not fulfilled these prerequisites may be admitted on a provisional basis. Unless specifically exempted, such students must take the courses as required, but graduate credit will not be given for these prerequisite courses.
  4. Recommendations: Three letters of recommendation from persons in a position to judge the applicant’s suitability for graduate study in economics.
  5. Committee Approval: The above are minimum requirements. All complete applications are evaluated by the Graduate Studies Committee of the Department of Economics at FIU, which makes the final admission decision. Since admission to the program is competitive, the committee’s requirements are normally higher than the minimum standards. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.
  6. Separate Admission to Ph.D. Program: The Ph.D. Program is independent of the existing Master’s Program in Economics, and M.A. students must apply separately for admission as Ph.D. students. Certain courses taken in the Master’s Program may subsequently be used to fulfill the requirements of the Ph.D. Program, with the approval of the Graduate Director. (These courses include the Master’s core theory courses.)

Due to the way our program is structured, Ph.D. applications can only be considered for the Fall term. The university deadline for receiving applications for the Fall term is February 15. In addition, international students must submit all supporting documents by February 15. However, applications meeting the above minimum criteria are reviewed by the Graduate Studies Committee beginning in early February.

For More Information

If you desire further information about our program, please contact Mary Cossio at cossiom@fiu.edu or (305) 348-3284.