- A statement of purpose
- Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate courses
- Recommendation letters (2 for M.A. applicants, 3 for Ph.D. applicants)
- Official GRE scores (GMAT scores are not an acceptable substitute)
- For international students, official TOEFL or IELTS scores.
- Proof of immunization (submitted to Student Health Services)
Additional information is provided in other FAQs below. More detailed information can found at the Graduate School website (under the Prospective Students button, choose the Application Process option and/or the Items to Send option).
What should be contained in a statement of purpose?
Your statement of purpose should describe your background, your interest in economics, and your interest in the Ph.D. or M.A. program here at the University of Mississippi. If you are interested in financial support, please indicate this in your statement. A typical statement is 1-2 pages long, double-spaced with size 12 font. Please avoid spurious information or comments; a statement of purpose should not exceed 2 pages.
The Graduate School requires a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0. The Department does not have an additional requirement. When evaluating applications, the Admissions Committee considers the combination of applicant’s transcript, GRE scores and recommendation letters.There are no specific required prerequisites or majors. We welcome student from any academic background, but we expect entering students to be prepared for the rigors of graduate economics.When the Admissions Committee reviews an applicant’s transcript, it looks at the overall performance (especially the last 60 hours), and specific performance in economics or economics-related courses and quantitative courses (math, statistics, etc.). Science-related, logic/philosophy, and business courses can also be helpful.If a student is deficient in one or more areas, s/he can take undergraduate courses while enrolled in the graduate program or in the summer prior to starting the graduate program. Members of the graduate faculty can provide guidance on which preparatory courses to take.
What are the minimum GRE scores?
By law, we are not allowed to set minimum GRE scores. When evaluating applications, the Admissions Committee considers the combination of applicant’s transcript, GRE scores and recommendation letters.The typical GRE scores of our entering students are 540 Verbal, 710 Quantitative and 3.9 Written. Ph.D. students with a combined V+Q score under 1000 and MA students with a combined score under 900 typically struggle in our program.GRE scores must be transmitted directly to the University of Mississippi from the testing service. GRE scores must be less than 5 years old.
Graduate Admissions Committee
Department of Economics
University of Mississippi
University, MS 38677-1848
All international applicants whose native language is not English must submit an official TOEFL or IELTS score. Scores must be transmitted directly to the University of Mississippi from the testing service, and cannot be more than two years old.The University requires the (for full admission) the following minimum TOEFL score: Internet Based (IB) 79-80, Computer Based (CB) 213, or Paper Based (PB) 550. The Department does not have additional higher requirements. However, assistantship duties especially graduate instructors are expected to have excellent verbal and written communication skills. The Department places a premium on communication skills, and TOEFL scores are an important part of the Admissions Committee’s deliberation. Students with deficient skills will be advised to take courses in the English As A Second Language Program (run by the Department of Modern Languages). All international applicants should visit the Office of International Programs website. There is a plethora of useful information there, including information on International Admission criteria, cost of attending, visa requirements, etc. In particular, see “Apply” and choose “Grad School Info”.
What types of financial assistance are available? How do I apply?
If you wish to be considered for financial aid, it is best to explicitly say so in your statement of purpose. We typically assume that most or all students are willing to accept financial aid if it is offered to them. The Department offers 9-month assistantships to qualified students. These are awarded on a competitive basis; both the number of the awards and the amounts of the awards are based on the available funds. Assistantships require the student to work as a teaching/research assistant to departmental faculty, or as a graduate instructor. The Department offers both 20-hr (1/2 time) and 10-hour (1/4 time) assistantships. These are the number of hours that that the student is expected to work per week. Students on a 20-hour assistantship also receive (from the Graduate School) a 100% tuition waiver and a 100% non-resident fee waiver. Students on a 10-hour assistantship receive 75% tuition waiver and a 100% non-resident fee waiver.
The 20-hour assistantships are generally reserved for Ph.D. students. Most of the M.A. assistantships are 10-hour.
What is some basic information on the Economic Ph.D. and M.A. programs?
Our program is designed to provide individualized attention. A typical lecture class has 8-12 students (graduate students from finance, accounting, etc. also take our courses). The typical Ph.D. student takes 4-5 years to finish, the typical M.A. student takes 1.5-2 years. Our graduate students usually number in the 20-25 range, across all years and both programs. Our entering class is about 6-10 students per year, Ph.D and M.A. combined. Nearly all of our students are on an assistantship (usually 20-hour for Ph.D. students, 10-hour for M.A. students). For information on the typical course of study, visit this link.For information on our graduates and their placement, visit this link.