All entering Ph.D. students must have completed one semester each of intermediate micro theory, intermediate macro theory, linear algebra, and statistics, plus one year of calculus.

All applicants must take the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) General Test.  We do not require a minimum GRE score for admission, however the quantitative score for entering students is usually 151 (650 on the old scoring scale) or above.

All applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). TOEFL is not required if an applicant satisfies one or more of these conditions:

  • Citizenship of Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Guyana, Ireland, New Zealand, United States, an Anglophone country of Africa, or an English speaking country of the Caribbean.
  • A college or university degree earned in the United States or in one of the countries listed above.
  • A degree earned from the American University in Beirut, American University in Bulgaria, American College in Greece or from Boğaziçi University.
  • Current enrollment as a full-time student who will have completed two academic years of college/university work in the United States prior to the date of anticipated entrance at the University of Massachusetts.

We expect a minimum score of 600 on the written version, 250 on the computer version, or 100 on the iBT version.

The IELTS is accepted in place of the TOEFL.  The Graduate School requires an overall band score of not less than 6.5.

Applicants interested in earning both a Masters and Ph.D. should apply directly to the Ph.D. program. 

Each year the Economics graduate program receives about 130 to 170 applicants and has room for about 10 to12 new students.  Admission is based on previous academic record, letters of recommendation, GRE general test scores (particularly the quantitative score), and personal statement.


The deadline for applications is January 15.

New students are admitted only for the fall semester.

Online applications are available on the Graduate School website at:

The Economics Graduate Program does not process admissions paperwork. Please contact our Graduate School with any questions pertaining to applications you have submitted to the University.

Financial Assistance

Departmental Teaching Assistantships are available to most graduate students, including international students with fluency in English. In 2019-2020, a new teaching assistant receives a stipend between approximately $19,000 and $23,000 for the academic year to help cover a graduate student's normal living expenses in this area. Teaching assistantships provide individual health insurance, as well as a waiver of tuition.  The Graduate Assistantship Office can provide additional information at

No separate forms are required to apply for an assistantship. Applicants only need to check the appropriate boxes in the Financial Aid section of the graduate application form. The application fee must accompany an application. The University does not waive this fee.

Assistantships normally continue for four or five years if the candidate remains in good standing in the department. A limited number of Graduate Fellowships and Diversity Assistantships are also available. These fellowships include a waiver of tuition and most of the mandatory fees plus individual health insurance.

The Graduate School provides information on resources for financial assistance at:

Tuition and Fees

Information on tuition for Massachusetts residents, non-residents, those in the New England Regional program and those enrolled in a Graduate off-campus program is available from the Office of the Bursar. A version of this information of particular interest to teaching assistants may be found at the Graduate Assistantship Office (see Graduate Student Fee Schedule).  International students may be interested in reviewing the Graduate Degree Expense Estimate published by the International Programs Office.


There is a limited amount of University-owned graduate student housing on campus; applications should be made as early as possible for this housing. The majority of graduate students live off campus. For information about University housing, visit Residential Life Student Services, 235 Whitmore Administration Building, (413) 545-2100. 

Information regarding off campus housing is provided by the Off Campus Student Services office.

4+1 MA Degree

Please note:  the 4+1 program is undergoing departmental review and is not accepting new applications at this time.

The 4+1 MA Degree program is open only to 5-College students.  Five College juniors should apply by March 15 using the Graduate School’s online application: A complete application includes the online application form including a personal statement, at least two letters of recommendation, your official transcript(s), and GRE General Test scores. All entering 4+1 MA students must have completed one semester each of intermediate micro theory, intermediate macro theory, linear algebra, and statistics, plus one year of calculus.