How to Apply | Department of Economics

How to Apply

To gain admission to the Department of Economics Master of Science in Economics program, applicants must first apply to and be admitted to the Toulouse Graduate School. The admissions process begins with the on-line application to the Toulouse Graduate School. Start here: The application fee through ApplyTexas is $75 and the fee cannot be waived. Once an applicant applies, he receives an ID number. That number can be used to track the application through the entire application process. For example, as transcripts are received by the University, the portfolio is updated. As GRE scores are received, the portfolio likewise is updated. If fees remain to be paid, that also will be shown on the applicant's page.


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 (Calculus II preferred but not mandatory)

´╗┐Calculus-based Statistics - any of the following courses at UNT:

  • DSCI 3710 (Business Statistics)
  • MATH 3680 (Applied Statistics)
  • MATH 4650 (Statistics)
  • ECON 4630 (Research Methods)

All Applicants are required to submit:

The items below are to be submitted directly by the institution keeping the scores to the Toulouse Graduate School with the formal application.

  • 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. It is recommended to take the test at least 30 days prior to the application deadline to ensure scores are received by the University of North Texas in time. 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.
  • UNT degree program applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency. Minimum TOEFL score requirement is 79; Minimum IELTS score is 6.0; Minimum PTE score is 53; Minimum DET score is 100 (Scores must be less than 2 years old). The Division of International Affairs provides a complete list of ways to demonstrate English language proficiency. Click here to "English Proficiency Requirements."

Applicants seeking funding also must submit:

The items below (personal statement, CV, and letters of recommendation) are to be submitted directly to Graduate Admissions Advisor in the Department of Economics (via e-mail: or ground mail).

  • U.S. Postal Service Mailing Address: 1155 Union Circle Box 311457, Denton, TX 76203-5017
  • Contact Address and Delivery Service Address (such as for FedEx or UPS): Wooten Hall Room #325, 1121 Union Circle, Denton, TX 76201
  • Phone: 940-565-2573
  1. A personal essay - Applicants must submit a personal essay of no more than 1,000 words summarizing their accomplishments and their motivation for obtaining a graduate degree in economics. When appropriate, applicants also should describe any special hardships they have overcome in order to reach this point in their academic career.
  2. A current resume or vita - listing any research projects, any honors or accomplishments, any volunteer work or community service, and any examples of leadership roles.
  3. Two letters of recommendation - Two letters of recommendation should be solicited from people familiar with the applicant's academic potential. No special form or format is required. Applicants should have their recommenders send their letters directly to the graduate advisor in the Department of Economics (via e-mail: or ground mail).

Important: The Department of Economics does not see any portion of a student's application portfolio until that portfolio is complete and forwarded by the Toulouse Graduate School to the Department. The Department cannot make any decisions on admission or funding until the application has been transferred from The Toulouse Graduate School (to whom students initially apply - see above) to the Department. Using the ID number, applicants have the ability to know when their application has been completed and sent to the Department. International applicants have a longer process, as their initial application is reviewed by UNT International, who then forwards the portfolio to the Toulouse Graduate School, which then forwards it to the Department.


    We admit students to begin our Master's program beginning each Fall term.

    Application Deadline if seeking funding: March 01

    Domestic applicants' deadlines:

    Application Deadline if not seeking funding: June 15

    Additional deadlines for International Students