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Admissions Requirements

M.A. Program

  • All applicants to the MA program must submit GRE scores from within the past five years. We do not accept the GMAT. We have a strong preference for applicants whose GRE Q scores meet or exceed the 55th percentile. Applicants whose native language is not English and who have not earned a college bachelor’s or graduate degree from a regionally accredited US institution must also satisfy the university’s English language proficiency requirement. This may be done by meeting any one of the following:
    • a minimum score of 79 on the internet-based TOEFL, a minimum of 213 on the computer-based TOEFL, or a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based TOEFL; scores must be from within the past two years
    • a minimum score of 6.5 on the IELTS; scores must be from within the past two years
    • a minimum score of 53 on the PTE-A; scores must be from within the past two years
    • a score of at least 153 on the GRE verbal test
    • earned a college bachelor’s or graduate degree from an institution whose language of instruction is English and this is noted on the official transcript or on an official certificate that states that the language of instruction is English

  • A GPA of 3.0 (“B”) or better in the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework as well as in any graduate coursework.
  • A grade of “B” or better in each of the following four prerequisite courses: Calculus (at least one semester), Statistics (at least one semester), Intermediate Microeconomics and Intermediate Macroeconomics.

Ph.D. Program

  • All applicants to the PhD program must submit GRE scores from within the past five years. We do not accept the GMAT. We have a strong preference for applicants whose GRE Q scores meet or exceed the 65th percentile. Applicants whose native language is not English and who have not earned a college bachelor’s or graduate degree from a regionally accredited US institution must also satisfy the university’s English language proficiency requirement. This may be done by meeting any one of the following:
    • a minimum score of 79 on the internet-based TOEFL, a minimum of 213 on the computer-based TOEFL, or a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based TOEFL; scores must be from within the past two years
    • a minimum score of 6.5 on the IELTS; scores must be from within the past two years
    • a minimum score of 53 on the PTE-A; scores must be from within the past two years
    • a score of at least 153 on the GRE verbal test
    • earned a college bachelor’s or graduate degree from an institution whose language of
    • instruction is English and this is noted on the official transcript or on an official certificate that states that the language of instruction is English
  • A GPA of 3.0 (“B”) or better in the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework as well as in any graduate coursework.
  • A grade of “B” or better in each of the following prerequisite courses: Calculus (at least two semesters), Statistics (at least one semester), Intermediate Microeconomics, Intermediate Macroeconomics

 

Master's Degree Application Procedure

The M.A. program admits students each fall and spring. For domestic applicants, to receive full consideration and to be eligible for financial aid, the deadline for fall admission is June 1 and for spring admission is October 15. We will, however, accept applications as late as July 15 for fall admission and December 1 for spring admission, but without eligibility for financial aid and only on a space availability basis. For international applicants, to receive full consideration and to be eligible for financial aid, the deadline for fall admission is May 1 and for spring admission is September 15. There is no later deadline for international applicants. We strongly urge applicants interested in applying for financial aid to apply well in advance of these deadlines. The department does not offer a summer admissions cycle.

Applicants must complete the online Office of Admissions application and pay the required application fee.  No letters of recommendation or personal statement are needed.  Copies of unofficial transcripts must be uploaded into the university's application system.  Should admission be granted, then official copies of all transcripts must be sent to the Office of Admissions by standard mail.

Official copies of GRE scores, and for international students, TOEFL/IELTS/PTE-A must be sent by ETS directly to the Office of Admissions.  For the GRE and TOEFL, USF's Institution Code is 5828. To expedite the admissions process, it is recommended that applicants upload unofficial copies of their test scores into the university's application system.


Ph.D. Degree Application Procedure

The Ph.D. program admits students each fall. The deadline for applying for admission is January 31. This deadline applies to both domestic and international applicants and to applicants who are interested in applying for financial aid as well as to those who are not.

Applicants must complete the online Office of Admissions application and pay the required application fee.  As part of this application, the names and contact information for three letter writers must be included.  In addition, applicants must submit the department's online application by completing the following form.  The required personal statement can be attached to the department's application.  Applicants interested in applying for financial aid should mark the appropriate box on the department's application.  

Copies of unofficial transcripts must be uploaded into the university’s application system.  Should admission be granted, then official copies of all transcripts must be sent to the Office of Admissions by standard mail.

Official copies of GRE scores, and for international students, TOEFL/IELTS/PTE-A must be sent by ETS directly to the Office of Admissions.  For the GRE and TOEFL, USF's Institution Code is 5828.  To expedite the admissions process, it is recommended that applicants upload unofficial copies of their test scores into the university's application system.

Students from countries that are not predominately English speaking and who receive funding from the department should be aware that they must demonstrate proficiency in speaking English by their third year in the program.  The Office of Graduate Studies has determined that speaking proficiency is met by either a minimum score of 26 on the spoken portion of the internet-based TOEFL or of 160 on the spoken portion of the TOEIC.  These scores are valid for up to 5 years after admission.  Failure to meet this requirement may result in a loss of funding.

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