Application Requirements

The application process is fully online. To begin go to and select the Apply Now button at the top.

Timing: constrains imposed by the sequencing of classes imply that applications are accepted only for the Fall semester of each year. If you think that your specific situation should be granted an exception (e.g. you are transferring from another graduate program), please contact me. The deadline to be granted full consideration for departmental funding is February 15. For self or externally funded students the deadline is May 1st.

Application materials:
To be submitted directly by the student in the online process

  • Resume – Students should upload their resume before submitting their online application.
  • Statement of purpose (use form available in the application website)
  • Contact information of three references. Your references will be contacted by the office of admission and requested to autonomously upload their letter of recommendation.
  • Application fee – paid at the time of completion of the on-line application.

Supporting documentation directly submitted by other institutions.

  • ONE Official transcript from EACH institution of higher education – Each institution should send documents directly to the Office of Admissions
  • Official TOEFL score – sent to Colorado State University. (CSU’s institutional code is 4075). Students whose native language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and score at least 550 on paper-based exams and 80 on computer-based exams with no subscore below 19 (22 for writing section). Alternatively, a student can take the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and score at least a 6.5 with no subscore less than 6.0. Exceptions to the TOEFL or IELTS requirements are granted when a student received a degree from an English-speaking higher education institution. You should not delay your application waiting for test scores to be reported.
  • Official GRE scores – sent to Colorado State University, office of Admissions (CSU’s institutional code is 4075). The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required of all M.S and Ph.D. applicants. There are no minimum score requirements. You should not delay your application waiting for test scores to be reported.

Admission. Admission to the graduate program depends upon acceptance by the department’s Graduate Selection Committee and the university’s Graduate School. Generally, a person needs a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) and a background in economics. Students with degrees equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree are qualified to apply for admission to the graduate program, though exceptions are made for otherwise highly qualified students. Generally, applicants to the Ph.D. program who do not have an M.S. in economics or agricultural economics will be initially admitted to the master’s program until the prerequisites for the Ph.D. program have been met. The coursework most predictive of success in our Master of Science program is intermediate or higher level undergraduate courses in microeconomics, econometrics, statistics and mathematics. Students without strong preparation in these subjects may need to defer admissions until they have demonstrated adequate training, or may be admitted to the program conditionally.

Financial Support. Fellowships, assistantships, scholarships and other forms of financial support are awarded on a competitive basis. Students with a GPA of at least 3.5 and an economics background are typically competitive for the assistantships. Research and teaching assistantships pay for 20 hours of work per week and may include a tuition waiver. Students who are not funded in their first semester or year may continue to compete for funds after having established their credentials through good grades and work ethics. The out-of-state portion of tuition is waived in the first year only. Students who cannot attain in-state residence status by that time are expected to pay the out-of-state portion of the tuition after the first year. The current tuition rates may be found at

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