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Application and Admission

At a minimum, students entering either the Department’s MS or PhD program are expected to have the following preparation:

  • Knowledge of macroeconomic theory at the intermediate level and microeconomic theory at the advanced level.

  • Knowledge of differential, integral, and multivariate calculus and linear algebra.

  • Knowledge of elementary statistical methods.

Additional coursework in mathematics is desirable--for example, analysis, probability, advanced statistics, or differential equations.

Students are normally admitted to the MS and PhD programs only for the fall semester, because the first year program consists of course sequences that begin only in the fall.

University of Maryland's Graduate Application Process

The University of Maryland’s Graduate School accepts applications through its application system. Before completing the application, applicants are asked to check the Admissions Requirements and Deadlines site for specific instructions.

As required by the Graduate School, all application materials are to be submitted electronically:

In addition, the department requires:Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores;

Nonrefundable application fee ($75) for each program to which an applicant applies

The electronic submission of application materials helps expedite the review of an application. Completed applications are reviewed by an admissions committee in each graduate degree program. The recommendations of the committees are submitted to the Dean of the Graduate School, who will make the final admission decision. Students seeking to complete graduate work at the University of Maryland for degree purposes must be formally admitted to the Graduate School by the Dean.  

Information for International Graduate Students

The University of Maryland is dedicated to maintaining a vibrant international graduate student community. The office of International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS) is a valuable resource of information and assistance for prospective and current international students.  International applicants are encouraged to explore the services they offer and contact them with related questions.

The University of Maryland Graduate School offers admission to international students based on academic information; it is not a guarantee of attendance.  Admitted international students will then receive instructions about obtaining the appropriate visa to study at the University of Maryland which will require submission of additional documents.  Please see the Graduate Admissions Process for International applicants for more information.


For questions related to the admissions process or any technical issues, prospective students may contact the Graduate School. For any further questions, please write to Ms. Pin Wuan Lin, the Department’s Staff Graduate Coordinator, at or 301-405-1820.

Transfer from M.S. to Ph.D. Program

Students enrolled in the department's M.S. program may apply for admission to the Department's Ph.D. program by submitting a new Graduate School application, supplemental transcripts, and three letters of recommendation. The Graduate School application fee is waived if the student applies for the Ph.D. program in or before the semester in which the M.S. degree will be completed. Students in the Department's M.S. program need not submit GRE's when applying for the Ph.D. program.

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