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FAQs

Where do I begin the application process?

What undergraduate degree do I need to apply (i.e., Must my undergraduate degree be in economics?)?

What undergraduate courses must be completed to be accepted for graduate study?

What is the deadline for my application?

How can I check the status of my application?

What does it mean if my application is "currently under review"?

I've been accepted to the program. What is the next step?

What courses will I take in my first semester?

What type of assistantships are offered?

When will I be notified if I am to receive an assistantship?

I've been awarded a research assistantship. What does that mean?

I've sent my documents to UNT International and have not heard back. What should I do?

What will my expenses be while I'm at UNT?

I'm an international student. How do I apply for the required visa?

I'm an international student. How much money must I show for the I-20 documentation?

How should I pay my tuition for the courses I want to register for in the fall semester?

Are there other on campus employment opportunities?

Where do I begin the application process?

Applicants must first apply to and be admitted to the Toulouse Graduate School in order to be considered for admission to the graduate program in economics. Applicants are required to submit:

  • Full college transcripts
  • GPA requirement for UNT consideration - Graduate applicants to UNT are evaluated holistically, based on specific departmental and program requirements. In the past, successful candidates usually have met a GPA minimum of 3.00 in the undergraduate degree for admission to the Master's program.
  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores - GRE scores not more than five (5) years old are required for admission purposes. It is recommended to take the test at least 30 days prior to the application deadline. The GRE score is a significant component of the admission decision. Preference will be given to applicants with combined quantitative and verbal GRE score above 300, and quantitative score 155 and above. The UNT school code for the GRE is 6481.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English are required to score at least a 79 on the Internet-based TOEFL exam, or its equivalent. See "English Proficiency Requirements here: http://international.unt.edu/node/162".
  • A personal essay not to exceed 1,000 words, summarizing their accomplishments and their motivation for obtaining a graduate degree in economics.
  • Two letters of recommendation, which should be solicited from people familiar with the applicant's academic potential. No special form or format is required. Letters should be sent directly to the graduate advisor in the Department of Economics: Graduate Admissions Advisor, University of North Texas, Department of Economics, 254 Hickory Hall, 1417 West Hickory Street, Denton, TX 76201; or e-mail: ECON-GradAdvising@unt.edu. (top)

What undergraduate degree do I need to apply (i.e., Must my undergraduate degree be in economics?)?
A bachelor's degree (or equivalent) is required. It is not essential that the bachelor's degree be in economics, but a strong background in economic theory is preferred, as well as a working knowledge of calculus. See the list of required courses under "How to Apply". (top)

What undergraduate courses must be completed to be accepted for graduate study?

Required courses prior to admission to the MS Econ program include a grade of A or B (or the equivalent) in:

  • Intermediate Microeconomic Theory
  • Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory
  • Calculus I (with grade of at least B); Calculus II is strongly recommended but not mandatory.
  • Calculus-based statistics (any of the following courses at UNT: DSCI 3710 (Business Statistics), MATH 3680 (Applied Statistics), MATH 4650 (Statistics), or ECON 4630 (Research Methods)). (top)

What is the deadline for my application?

The deadlines for application

Application Deadline if seeking funding: March 01

Domestic applicants' deadlines:

Application Deadline if not seeking funding: June 15

Additional deadlines for International Students (top)

How can I check the status of my application?
You can check the status of your application online by logging onto the MyUNT portal at http://my.unt.edu using your EUID and password. Once you have entered the portal page, select the "Student Center/Register" tab found on the left sidebar. At the bottom of the "Student Center" page is a section entitled Admissions and it contains updates regarding your status. (top)

What does it mean if my application is "currently under review"?
The Graduate Admissions Office has completed the initial review of your application and has determined you meet the basic requirements for admission to the Graduate School. Your application has been forwarded to the Department of Economics for departmental review. Application decisions for the fall semester are made beginning in January of the year in which you wish to join the program. You can check the status by logging onto the MyUNT portal at http://my.unt.edu using your EUID and password. (top)

I've been accepted to the program. What is the next step?
Once you've been accepted to the program, it's time to think about funding. You can view tuition costs here and information about fellowships and scholarships here. In addition to this, you will need to contact Dr. Margie Tieslau, the Graduate Student Advisor, about planning your first semester of courses before registration (e-mail Margie.Tieslau@unt.edu). Dr. Tieslau's full contact information is located (here). You may not register for graduate classes until you have established your degree plan with Dr. Tieslau.

Following is information on the online process for on campus housing. You might choose to move off-campus once you are familiar with the area but this might be a good place to start. http://tsgs.unt.edu/graduatelife

Following is information for off-campus housing: https://offcampushousing.unt.edu/ (top)

What courses will I take in my first semester?
Students typically enroll in Mathematical Economics (ECON 5600), Multivariate Regression Analysis (ECON 5640), and an elective of your choice. See "Degree Requirements" for a list of classes that may be offered during a given semester.

Your degree plan will be established with the approval of Dr. Tieslau prior to beginning coursework; that degree will specify your choice of classes for your course of study. (top)

What type of assistantships are offered?
Research assistants and academic assistants are allocated competitively and are offered to incoming as well as second-year students. Second year students also may become teaching assistants, or be offered a teaching fellowship. Such assistantships funded by the department support more than half of the department's graduate students. For more information about graduate assistantships, please click here. (top)

When will I be notified if I am to receive an assistantship?
The number of assistantships allocated varies from year to year, depending on our funding allotment. Assistantships cover both the fall and the following spring semester provided the student is making appropriate progress towards the degree and has completed his or her work satisfactorily. Assistantships typically are renewed the following year given the same conditions. Assistantship decisions are made beginning March 15; all applicants who have complete application portfolios by March 1 are considered for an assistantship position and are contacted by March 31 to offer an assistantship, or to inform the student that he or she will not be offered an assistantship. Students offered an assistantship must respond to the Department's offer by April 15. (top)

I've been awarded a graduate assistantship. What does that mean?
Nine month salaries range from $12,900 in the first year for teaching and research assistantships to $15,200 in the second year for assistantships and teaching fellowships. Some positions include in-state tuition rates for out-of-state students, and partial tuition waiver. Hourly positions are available for tutoring and grading for Principles of Economics classes. Students are required to work 20 hours per week for a professor if awarded a research assistantship. Details of student's contracts vary. Each student who is offered a position is sent a contract that details his or her specific offer. Under normal circumstances that contract must be signed and returned by April 15. (top)



I've sent my documents to UNT International and have not heard back. What should I do?
Applicants can check their application to-do list online 24 hours a day by logging in to http://my.unt.edu with their UNT ID and password. Applicants also can check their application status by emailing international@unt.edu or calling 1.940.565.2442, Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm (except during holidays and school closings). (top)

What will my expenses be while I'm at UNT?

The following websites offer information on estimated charges, which are intended to reflect our best approximation of your expenses.

These figures should be close to what you can expect, but your actual living expenses and such could be higher or lower, depending on what you choose to purchase.(top)

I'm an international student. How do I apply for the required visa?
First, contact the Graduate Admissions Office and tell them that you want your name sent forward to the I-20 Office. (E-mail: graduateschool@unt.edu or phone: 1.940.565.2383) They will ask you HOW you want your I-20 delivered to you. You can choose the less expensive option, regular mail, which takes a very long time, or you can choose the more expensive option, international expedited delivery, which is very fast. It is up to you to decide which method you prefer. Once the I-20 Office has your name, they will issue your I-20 and send it to you. Once you receive your I-20, you must go to the U.S. Embassy in your area and apply for your student visa.

Once you receive your visa, you should then contact Dr. Margie Tieslau, the Economics Department graduate advisor, to discuss the next steps for you to enroll in your fall semester classes. Note: you will not be permitted to enroll in any classes without the approval of Dr. Tieslau. It is mandatory to meet with her to establish your degree plan. (Margie.Tieslau@unt.edu) (top)

I'm an international student. How much money must I show for the I-20 documentation?

Students should always use the dollar value stated by the I-20 office since they are the ones that issue the I-20. UNT International may only give general information regarding financial requirements. UNT International processes the financial documents and then the I-20 office reviews them to determine if there is sufficient documentation and funding for an I-20 to be issued. Folowing is the link for current funding requirements for both in-state and out-of-state international students: http://international.unt.edu/ISSS/financial-documentation (top)

How should I pay my tuition for the courses I want to register for in the fall semester?
After discussing your degree plan with Dr. Tieslau, you will register for courses on-line and then the charges will appear on your account. (For international students, this will be after you get your I-20.) At that time, you can pay all of the charges with a check, cash, or a credit card, OR, you can ask the University to establish a payment plan, where you pay a portion of the charges now, and the rest in three installments throughout the semester. If you have been offered an assistantship, once you complete the online process called "Onboarding," the Department will put money into your account that you can use to pay your tuition. On boarding will be explained to all students to whom it applies. (top)

Are there other on campus employment opportunities?
http://studentaffairs.unt.edu/blog/campus-employment-faqs (top)

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