Yes, students who majored in fields other than economics may apply to the master's program. While an undergraduate major in economics is not required, applicants are expected to take college-level economics courses in introductory microeconomics, introductory macroeconomics, and intermediate microeconomics before applying to the program.
Students applying to the master's program whose native language is not English, or whose undergraduate instruction was not in English, must take either the TOEFL iBT or the IELTS test. We expect a minimum score of 92 on the TOEFL iBT test and a minimum score of 7.0 on the IELTS test. Information on exemptions from these tests can be found under the Graduate School minimum English proficiency requirements.
Yes, you can apply to both the Economics Ph.D. and Master's programs. The graduate school electronic application allows you to list up to three programs per application. To apply to both Ph.D. and M.S. please list the Economics Ph.D. program and the Economics MS - Graduate Foundations program on your application. You may upload the same materials for both the Ph.D. and M.S. supplemental applications. Please note you will need to meet the earlier application deadline (Ph.D.) and will be first considered for the Ph.D. program.
You do not need to send financial documentation at the time you apply to the economics master's program. If you are recommended for admission by the Department of Economics, the Graduate School will then request financial documentation through OASIS (the online admission status information system). It is very important that you save and refer to the original email message you receive from the Graduate School after submitting your application so that you can access the OASIS communication portal and respond to their request for financial documentation.
All aspects of your application are reviewed by faculty members of the admissions team. GRE scores are one component of your application and are reviewed in the context of the rest of your application.
The Department of Economics receives hundreds of applications for our graduate programs each year. Regrettably, it is not possible to respond individually to inquiries about the chances of admission nor to counsel applicants on the strengths and weaknesses of their applications. You are welcome, though, to contact the Master's Program Coordinator (MPC) to inquire about the application process.
You can use the Word version of the math preparation form to input your information. However, you will need to save the Word document as a PDF file before uploading it to the supplemental application. (In Word, select “Save as” and choose “PDF” as the file type.) The supplemental application for the economics master’s program is available through the Graduate School application site. If you continue to have problems, please contact the Master's Program Coordinator (MPC).
After you complete and submit your online application to the Graduate School, you will automatically receive an email message from the Graduate School with your identification (ID) number. You will be provided a personalized web address in this email message that will provide direct access to OASIS (the online admission status information system). Please save the email message containing this information for future reference.
You can log into My UW and click on the graduate application status link to access OASIS as well. You will need to activate your NetID and password using My UW-Madison portal at my.wisc.edu. To activate your NetID, click on the ACTIVATE NETID button located on the “My UW Madison” login screen. Enter your 10 digit student ID number and birth date. The NetID you create and password you enter are keys to your access to the MyUW portal. Make a record of it and keep it private. Follow the instructions at http://kb.wisc.edu/helpdesk/page.php?id=1140
If you are unsure about your NetID and password, contact the Division of Information Technology (DoIT) Help Desk at (608) 264-4357.
The Economics Master's Program is considered a full-time program. It is expected that Master's students will enroll full-time every semester. Please see the Master's Program Coursework webpage for more information on the course list and sequence for the Master's program.
Students interested in the PhD program would need to apply for the PhD and be considered within the context of the rest of the applicant pool. The application process is very competitive and all funding and admission decisions are made by the PhD Admissions and Aid Committee. Admission to the PhD program upon completion of the master’s program is not guaranteed.