Applying to the Ph.D. in Economic Education
The program enrolls 2-3 students per year. Admission is highly competitive. Accepted students will typically receive a tuition waiver and a stipend in return for 20 hours of work per week.
1. Application Fee
A $75 application fee is due when you submit your online application.
2. Bachelor’s Degree
A four-year U.S. bachelor’s degree in any academic field from an accredited college or university with a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale is required. If you have a three-year non-U.S. degree, you may request a review for determination as to equivalency.
Unofficial transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework is required with your application. Do not mail official transcripts during the applicant stage. An English translation must accompany transcripts issued in a language other than English.
A resume or curriculum vitae documents your prior work experience, publications, honors and awards received and a summary of your educational credentials.
Undergraduate coursework in microeconomics and macroeconomics at the intermediate level or above and in statistics and mathematics (calculus) is expected. Otherwise-qualified students who lack this background may be directed to appropriate coursework to remedy this deficiency.
6. GRE Scores
An officially reported GRE score. Students typically are expected to have minimum scores of 150 on the verbal and quantitative sections and a 4.0 on the analytic writing section. Most admitted students have far higher than the minimum scores.
7. Personal Statement
The personal statement should detail your goals and objectives and clearly identify your interest in the Lerner College degree program.
8. Three Letters of Recommendation
Recommendation forms are emailed directly from the online application to the three recommenders whose names and email addresses you provide. Instructions for returning the completed forms is included in the emails.
* Visit the registrar’s website for residency requirements.
All graduate students are responsible for mandatory fees in the Fall and Spring semesters. These fees vary based on whether a student is taking the program on a full-time or part-time basis. Please visit the Graduate Fees and Financial Aid page in the Graduate Catalog for full details.
English Proficiency Requirements
As an international applicant, you must demonstrate your ability to communicate in English by doing one of the following:
- Submit a TOEFL score of 100 or higher,
- Submit an IELTS score of 7 or higher,
- Provide proof of having earned a college degree in a country where English is the primary language, or
- Apply through the Conditional Admission Program (CAP)
The Graduate & Professional Education office provides more detailed TOEFL information on its test scores page.
Services for International Students
UD and the Lerner College offer many services to help you, both in class and out.
- The Conditional Admission Program (CAP)
- Graduate student organizations
- Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS)