PhD Admission

In order to be admitted to the PhD program in economics, you must have earned an MA in economics comparable to the MA in Applied Economics offered at UNCG. In order for an MA degree to be considered comparable to the UNCG MA, your graduate coursework should include the following:

  • Two graduate-level courses in microeconomics
  • Two graduate-level courses in econometrics
  • One graduate-level course in macroeconomics

The admission decision is based on an evaluation of four main criteria:

  • GRE scores, (quantitative score should fall above the 60th percentile)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Superior performance in graduate economics courses
  • The personal statement of goals.

Your application should include a 1-2 page statement outlining how your academic background has prepared you to pursue graduate work in economics and how receiving a doctoral degree in applied economics will help you achieve your career goals.

If you are lacking some of the required coursework, you may take MA courses during the first year of doctoral study to supplement your previous work.

You may contact Dr. Ken Snowden, Professor of Economics, to discuss previous graduate work and your prospects for admission to the PhD in Economics. Dr. Snowden can be reached via e-mail at kasnowde@uncg.edu or by phone at 336-334-4870.

You are encouraged to visit UNCG to meet current graduate students and faculty. To arrange for a campus visit, contact Jean Rosalesat jkrosale@uncg.edu.