Admission and Support


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For admission in Fall (August) the deadline for applications is the 15th of the January preceding it.

Applications must be submitted electronically through the Apply Now tool.

For the application to the Economics PhD program the following materials are required:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Official transcripts from each post-secondary institution (due upon enrollment)
  • Statement of intent
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • GRE General Test
  • TOEFL or IELTS for non-native speakers of English

Admission is limited to students whose undergraduate record demonstrates a high capacity for advanced work in economics. The admissions committee pays close attention to letters of recommendation, the applicant’s statement of purpose, and the academic record. The committee looks for rigor in the student’s undergraduate curriculum and evidence that the student has challenged himself or herself intellectually and academically. Successful applicants demonstrate strength in all areas of the application. 

An undergraduate major in economics is not necessary, but some exposure to economics is strongly recommended (intermediate courses in microeconomic and macroeconomic theory are most important). Modern economics is analytical and quantitative so students must have a strong mathematical background. Training in multivariate calculus, linear algebra, probability, and mathematical statistics are essential.

International students must demonstrate proficiency in the English language.

The Department would like to encourage students from diverse backgrounds (for example, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities) to apply. For these students, application fee waivers can be requested and will be considered on a case-by-case basis — please send all requests to the Graduate Studies Coordinator, Anna Poltrack.  

Please see the Graduate School's web site for more information: Admission, Frequently Asked Questions, International Students

Financial Support

Admitted students are automatically considered for financial aid unless they indicate that they have support from elsewhere. Aid decisions are based primarily on academic merit. Doctoral students in good academic standing can expect to receive full-tuition scholarships and multi-year assistantships or fellowships with yearly stipends. Students with assistantships will be required to perform teaching and/or research related duties for the department.

See the Graduate School's web site for complete information about financial aid options.

For Additional Information

Visit the Graduate School's website for the Economics Program, which includes admission data.

For additional admission information, please visit the Graduate School's website.

Contact the Graduate School at: or write to:
The Graduate School
110 Bond Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556

For further information about the graduate program in economics, please contact:

Anna Poltrack, Graduate Studies Coordinator

3060 Jenkins Nanovic Halls
Notre Dame, IN 46556
Ph.: (574) 631-2776
Fax: (574) 631-4783

We appreciate your interest in our program.