Prospective Graduate Students FAQs
Go to: http://gradstudy.rutgers.edu and complete an on line application. We require three letters of recommendation, a personal statement, transcripts (unofficial OK for applications), GRE General Test and TOEFL scores.
What is the cutoff date for applications?
The deadline to apply is January 15.
Do you admit students in the Fall and Spring?
We only have Fall admission.
Do you offer an M.A. and a Ph.D.?
We do not currently offer a terminal Master’s degree program for incoming students. However, Master's degree are awarded to doctoral students currently in the program who either: (i) wish to obtain a Master’s degree during their progress towards their Ph.D.;or (ii) have decided to end their pursuit of a Ph.D. and wish to obtain a Master’s degree.
Is it a full time program?
We are a full time program with no weekend or summer classes.
Do you offer financial aid?
Yes, we offer fellowships on the basis of academic merit to entering students. All applicants are automatically considered for these fellowships. Students in their second year and above may be awarded teaching assistantships, even if they did not receive fellowships when they entered.
Who is required to submit TOEFL/IELTS test scores?
A TOEFL or IELTS score is required of non-native speakers of English. You are exempt from submitting TOEFL or IELTS scores if you received (or will receive) an undergraduate degree from a U.S. institution or have a minimum of 3 years education from an international university where the primary language of instruction was English. A master's degree from a U.S. university is not sufficient for an exemption.
What are the minimum scores for the TOEFL/IELTS?
For admission, students must receive the following scores or better on the IBT TOEFL: Writing, 22; Speaking, 23; Reading, 21; and Listening, 17. An IELTS score in bandwidth 7 is acceptable.
Are there minimum GRE scores?
We examine GRE scores within the context of a student’s entire application and do not impose a formal minimum on GRE scores for either admission or fellowships. However, we do consider GRE scores (especially on the quantitative GRE) to predict success in the program. Almost all admitted applicants have quantitative GRE scores in the top two deciles and many have very top scores.
Will you assess my likelihood of admission or financial aid if I send you my credentials?
No, you must submit a formal application through http://gradstudy.rutgers.edu for us to review your file. We look forward to learning about your interests and studies then.
Should I find a research advisor from the faculty now?
Students need not identify the faculty member who will serve as their research advisor until after they join the program.
Does the Department require an official transcript?
An unofficial transcript is acceptable when applying for admission. If you receive an offer of admission and decide to enroll, you must then send your official transcript to the Admissions office.
Where should I mail my official transcript and other application materials?
Except for official transcripts, all application materials should be uploaded to the online application site, not sent by mail. Official transcripts should be sent to the Admissions office (not the Department of Economics). Here is the address:
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
56 College Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8541 U.S.A.
848-932-7711 | Use our contact form | Get directions
When will I learn if I have been admitted?
You will be notified of your status concerning admission and financial sometime in March. You may also check your status on the Graduate Admissions website.
How many credits do I need to complete the program?
The Master’s program can be completed by fulfilling 30 credits and choosing one of two options: either by passing the Micro and Macroeconomic qualifying examinations or writing a Master’s essay. Doctoral students complete 48 course credits, 24 research credits, the qualifying examinations in micro and macroeconomic theory, 2 field examinations, a second year research paper, a dissertation proposal and a Ph.D. dissertation.
How long does it take students to complete the degree?
A Ph.D. ordinarily takes 5 years to complete; an M.A. typically takes 2 years.
Can I transfer credits?
No core courses may be transferred. Students may transfer a limited number of credits for other Ph.D. level courses if approved by the graduate director.
Do you accept non-degree graduate students?
At the current time, we only accept applications for Ph.D. students.