Admission Requirements

The transcript must show strong background in linear algebra and calculus. All application materials must be electronically submitted via the University online application system, gradschool.psu.edu/apply.

Application Deadline

  • Applications must be received by March 1
  • From March to early April: admission decisions will be made
  • Students will have to notify us of their intention to attend by April 15

GRE scores

We require that applicants take the 3-part general aptitude GRE. There is no minimum requirement for GRE scores. We take into account that different applicants expend different amounts of effort in preparing for the GRE and that there are systematic differences among applicants from different countries.

GRE scores should not be more than five years old. Specifically, if you are applying for admission for the Ph.D. program beginning in the fall of year X, then you should have taken the GRE no earlier than the fall of year X-5.

  • Institution Code: 2660
  • Department Code: 1801

TOEFL/IELTS Scores

All international applicants must take and submit scores for the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the IELTS(International English Language Testing System), with the exceptions noted below. The minimum acceptable score for the TOEFL is 550 for the paper-based test, 213 for the computer-based test, or a total score of 80 with a 19 on the speaking section for the Internet-based test (IBT). Applicants with IBT speaking scores between 15 and 18 may be considered for provisional admission, which requires an institutional test of English proficiency upon first enrollment and, if necessary, remedial course work.
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  • Institution code: 2660
  • Department code: 84

The minimum acceptable score for the IELTS is 6.5.

International applicants who have received a bachelor's or a master's degree from a college/university in any of the following countries are exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement: Australia, Belize, British Caribbean and British West Indies, Canada (except Quebec), England, Guyana, Republic of Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Scotland, the United States, and Wales.

Tuition

Financial aid is not available for this program. Please visit tuition.psu.edu for more information on tuition and fees.

Program Requirements

The M.A. program is a two-year (four-semester) program, which requires a minimum of 30 credits and an MA project. The first year is devoted to 18 credits of the core courses in micro, macro, and econometrics. The second year follows with at least 12 additional credits, 3 credits of which will be in a year--long course for the M.A. project. The M.A. project will provide hands-on experience of small research supervised by our excellent faculty.