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Admissions to MS in Economics Program


Cary QuadrangleThe program is designed for students with strong quantitative backgrounds, including undergraduate courses in calculus and statistics.   Students with an undergraduate degree in the Sciences, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (the "STEM" disciplines) are preferred, although students from other disciplines will be considered.  Prior course work in Economics is not expected. Students are expected to complete an application, provide undergraduate transcripts (minimum expected GPA 3.0), and Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) scores.  Students with strong quantitative backgrounds, including current and former Purdue University undergraduate STEM majors, may request a waiver of the GRE/GMAT requirement.  International students must provide evidence of English Proficiency.  New classes are enrolled each August.  Applicants are evaluated by a committee consisting of Economics faculty members and administrators.   Applications should be submitted by July 15 to be assured consideration for admission to the fall (August) class.  Applicants from students considering the combined BS/MS degree program should occur prior to their completion of courses that can be counted toward the MS degree.  To begin the application process, follow the instructions below.

Admission to Purdue's Graduate School

Go to the Purdue University's Graduate School website and click on the "Apply Now" button.  Then click on the "create account" button.  Note that once an account is created, you can return to this application site and log in using the user name and password that you have chosen to continue your application.  To start an application, click on "Start New Application".  The menu that will appear on the left provides a list of the various sections of the application to fill out. As noted below, some of these sections are not required for review of your application.

Campus and Program  Indicate your current status as it pertains to Purdue (if applicable, report your 10-digit Purdue Univ. ID).  For campus, select "West Lafayette (Main Campus)".  For your graduate major, select "Economics".

Program Details For your degree objective, select "Master of Science (MS)".  For your primary course delivery method, select "Distance". Note that the distance option includes the potential for a second year in residence (hybrid program).  For entry term and year, select "Fall 2019"

Personal Background

Emergency Contact  (optional)


Educational Background  Economics will accept unofficial transcripts and/or academic documents uploaded through the online application system for review purposes. Transcripts are not required for Purdue undergraduate students applying for the combined BS/MS degree.  Submission of official transcripts and/or academic records of all previous universities and colleges attended will be required if you are recommended for admission.  If transcripts are not in English, an official English translation, certified by the college or university, must be provided along with an official transcript in the native language. A certified copy of a diploma will be required if a transcript does not show or state the awarding of a baccalaureate degree. 

Additional Information (optional)

Employment (optional)

Statement of Purpose (upload)

Test Scores  Economics MS program applicants are not required to provide a GRE score for admission to the program. The test of English as a foreign language ("TOEFL")  or equivalent evidence of fluency in English such as an undergraduate degree at an institution that teaches in English is expected from applicants who plan to study in-residence and whose native language is not English.  Official score reports should be sent from the Educational Testing Services (ETS) to Purdue University.

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Diversity Essay (optional)

Resume (upload)

Recommendations (2) (optional for combined BS/MS degree applicants)



Information Concerning GRE/GMAT Tests

Applicants are advised to take the test no later than March 1 before the August admissions date. The GMAT score can be used in place of a GRE score.The GRE/GMAT Information can be obtained by clicking on this GRE link, this GMAT link, or by writing or calling:

Graduate Record Examinations
Educational Testing Service
P.O. Box 6000
Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6000  U.S.A.
Telephone: (866) 473-4373
FAX: (609) 771-7906

Graduate Management Admission Test
Educational Testing Service
P.O. Box 6103
Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6103 U.S.A.
Telephone: 1-800-GMAT-NOW (1-800-462-8669)
FAX: (609) 883-4349

When registering for the GRE test, please use the following codes to ensure that your official test is received by the admissions office:
Institution Code for Purdue University: 1631
Department Codes for Purdue University: Economics 1801 or 4301

When registering for the GMAT test, please use the following code:
Institution code for the GMAT test is 1RZ-R6-03

Information Concerning the TOEFL 

Test of English as a Foreign Language
Educational Testing Service
P.O. Box 6154
Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6154
Telephone: (609) 771-7100
FAX: (609) 771-7500

When registering for the TOEFL test, please use the following codes to ensure that your official test is received by the admissions office:
Institution Code for Purdue University: 1631
Department Codes for Purdue University: Economics 02 or 84

Program Costs:

The current online program cost (tuition and fees) is  $1,075 per credit hour.  For Indiana residents, the cost is $967.50 per credit hour.  Highly qualified students will be considered for partial tuition scholarships.  The MS degree requires satisfactory completion of 30 credit hours in total. Once enrolled, the program cost per credit hour (tuition and fees) typically remains unchanged over the course of the program.  However, each year the Purdue board of trustees authorizes an updated rate for newly entering students.  New students should check with the admissions office for the program costs applicable for their entering class. 

Contact Information:

MS in Economics Admissions 
Krannert School of Management 
Purdue University 
Rawls Hall, Suite 2021 
100 S. Grant Street 
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2076 
Telephone: (765) 494-0773 

*All fees are subject to increase based on approval by the Purdue University Trustees