Following are the simple steps to apply for graduate study in Economics at the University of Denver. If you have any questions about the process, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies.
1. Apply Online / Application Deadlines
Applications for graduate study in Economics at the University of Denver must be submitted online. Applicants are encouraged to have all online materials submitted, and all documents sent by postal mail, in the Office of Graduate Studies by the program's priority deadline: March 1.
Applications can be submitted for admission in any quarter of the year. However, because of the sequencing of the three required courses, it is most advisable for students to apply for admission to the fall quarter of an academic year.
A $65 non-refundable application fee is required for an application to be processed.
2. Transcripts / Course and Degree Prerequisites and Requirements
Applicants must have an undergraduate major or minor in economics, or 20 quarter hours of economics, or permission from the DU economics department.
Applicants are required to submit an official transcript from each post-secondary institution attended, or are presently attending, where two quarter hours (or one semester hour) or more were completed. Proof of a bachelor's, and if applicable, a master's degree from a regionally accredited college or university is required. Applicants must also account for any study undertaken outside the United States. If study abroad course work with grades and course titles do not appear on a transcript, those records must be obtained as well. All transcripts must be official and received in the Office of Graduate Studies in a sealed envelope. University of Denver students and alumni do not need to provide DU transcripts as these will be requested by the Office of Graduate Studies.
Transcripts issued in a language other than English must be accompanied by a certified English translation. Students who have earned a degree outside the U.S. must also submit proof of graduation, typically through a degree certificate or diploma. If you have been educated outside the U.S., we encourage you to contact the Office of Graduate Studies for assistance regarding transcript-related materials. DU's in-house foreign credential evaluation may take up to four weeks. This evaluation must be complete by the program's stated deadline. Applicants with education credentials from outside of the U.S. are encouraged to apply early.
3. Test Scores
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required. The Economics program does not accept GMAT or LSAT scores as a substitute for the GRE. Scores must be received directly from the appropriate testing agency by the program's stated deadline. The institution code for the University of Denver is 4842. Non-native English speakers are required to provide scores from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Please note: this requirement is independent of citizenship status.
The minimum TOEFL score accepted by DU is 80 (iBT) or 550 (paper-based). The minimum IELTS score accepted by DU is 6.0. Non-native English speakers who hold a post-secondary degree from an institution where English is the only language of instruction and examination or who hold a regionally accredited baccalaureate degree from a U.S. institution are exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement. There are no exemptions for graduate teaching assistants.
Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) must demonstrate fluency in spoken English by scoring a 26 on the TOEFL speaking section or 8.0 on the IELTS speaking section. Please visit the International Student website for a list of TOEFL/IELTS requirements.
4. Personal Statement
A personal statement of goals and purposes of at least 300 words is required. The statement should be submitted via upload through the online application process.
5. Recommendation Letters
Three letters of recommendation are required. These letters should be solicited and uploaded by recommenders through the online application system. Letters should be received by the program's priority deadline.
6. Financial Support
The Department of Economics has limited financial aid available for graduate students each year. Graduate teaching assistantships (GTAs) and tuition credits as well as merit scholarship funds are available for both international and domestic students. The Department awards financial support mainly on the basis of scholastic ability, though with some concern for need and the ability and willingness of students to assist with undergraduate courses. There are no specific requirements for qualifying for scholarship support except that the recipient must be a full time student. Available financial aid is typically divided between several qualified students.
To be considered for federal financial aid, domestic applicants should apply early and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the priority deadline, February 15. Information about financial aid can be found on the Office of Financial Aid website. International students are not eligible for federal financial aid.
7. Application Status
We encourage you to be actively engaged in the admission process. You can check your application status online at https://webcentral.du.edu.
Mail official transcripts and any supplemental admission materials not submitted with the online application to:
University of Denver
Office of Graduate Studies
Mary Reed Building, Room 5
2199 S. University Blvd.
Denver, CO 80208-4802
For complete international applicant information, please visit the Office of Graduate Studies' International Student Application Information. International applicants are strongly encouraged to have their applications complete at least eight weeks prior to the program's application deadline.