How to Apply | Department of Economics

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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: 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.

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. 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.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English are required to score at least a 79 on the Internet-based TOEFL exam, or 550 on the paper-based TOEFL exam, or their equivalent. See " ".

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

The items below (personal statement, CV, and letters of recommendation) are to be submitted directly to the Department of Economics.

  • 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.
  • 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. 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:

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.


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)


Students must submit directly to the graduate advisor for admissions (via e-mail or ground mail) 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.


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


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