We are pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for the PhD program in Economics.

We encourage prospective students to apply online.

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 is required. Every candidate must take the GRE. International graduate student applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit a score for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A total score of 80 on the IBT TOEFL or 6.5 overall on the IELTS is required
  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.)

The application deadline for the PhD program is January 1. Due to the structure of our program, PhD applications can only be considered for the Fall term. To be considered for all funding options, all supporting documents need to be received by that date. GRE scores, language tests (TOEFL or IELTS), and transcripts can initially be submitted in an unofficial format. However, official results, including a NACES evaluation for degrees from non-US accredited institutions, need to be submitted prior to acceptance into the program.

For More Information

Please contact the Graduate Program Director, Dr. Tobias Pfutze at E-mail:, or the Office Associate at Email: