*Submission of official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores is normally required for Econ MS-GF program applicants; however, due to difficulties in test scheduling caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, GRE scores will be optional for Fall 2021 applications. Applicants may still submit GRE scores if they wish, but it is not required. If a GRE score report is submitted, it will be considered as one part of a holistic evaluation of the application. This change applies only for Fall 2021 applications.*
Applicants to the Wisconsin Economics master’s program must:
- Complete the following undergraduate coursework (except in unusual circumstances)
- One semester of introductory microeconomics
- One semester of introductory macroeconomics
- One semester of intermediate microeconomics
- Total of three semesters of calculus and linear algebra
- Take the GRE examination – Optional for 2021 Admission
- Take the TOEFL examination (required only if you are a non-native English Speaker). In most cases, students required to take the test must achieve a score of 92 or better.
Timing of Admissions Process:
Fall semester admission: Timing for the admissions process for the master’s program is:
- March 1: Deadline to apply for admission to the upcoming fall semester
- March – early April: Students notified by the university of admission decision
- April 15: Students notify the university of their intention to attend
Spring semester admission: In Spring 2019, the Department of Economics has offered limited spring term admission to those coming from partnership institutions and those with exceptional backgrounds. Applicants for spring semester follow the application process listed below. Materials are due by July 15. For additional information and eligibility, please contact MS program coordinator, Huiming Wang (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Master’s Program Application Checklist:
1: Fill out the Graduate School Online Electronic Application at: https://grad.wisc.edu/apply/
You will select the “Economics MS – Graduate Foundations” program. If you wish to apply to both the Economics PhD and Economics MS programs (fall semester only), you will select both programs on your application. To complete the application, you will need to submit the following materials (in PDF format):
- All transcripts from the universities or colleges you have attended: Please scan all transcripts from all your degree-granting institutions and any other institution where you have been enrolled and upload the pdf file(s) to your application. The transcript uploaded must match the official transcript and there should be no changes or edits made to it. One official transcript or academic record is required from each degree-granting institution you attended for all undergraduate and graduate courses you have taken. Do not upload any high school transcripts. Transcripts must be uploaded by March 1st for fall term admission and July 15 for spring term. International academic records must be in the original language accompanied by an official English translation. Your school should provide an official translation of your documents; otherwise have a translation done by your school or an official translator. In some countries, these people are also notaries. Do not submit an evaluation from a credential evaluation service in lieu of a translation.
- Math Preparation Form: Please complete the Math Preparation form. Complete either the PDF version or Word version of the document. If you complete the form in Word, save the document as a PDF file. Upload the completed document; the file must be in PDF file format.
- Writing Sample: All applicants must submit a writing sample in English. The writing sample can be a research paper or an article demonstrating your ability to do research and present your research in written form. Please upload your writing sample in PDF file format.
- Resume/CV: All applicants must submit a resume or CV in English. Please upload your resume/CV in PDF file format.
- Graduate School Application fee: This fee is required to complete the application. Information on the fee is available here: https://grad.wisc.edu/admissions/faq
2. Provide three letters of recommendation. Letters must be submitted electronically by your references no later than March 1st for fall term admission; July 15th for spring term. Please instruct your references to not send any paper-based letters by mail.
3. Arrange for ETS to send your TOEFL scores or IELTS (if required) and GRE scores to the Graduate School.
- The UW-Madison Department of Economics’ institutional and department code is 1846.
- It is very important you use the same name and spelling on the application as you used on the test form to avoid any delay in adding scores to your file.
- The format of your date of birth is very important too. Please use the month/day/year (mm/dd/yyyy) format to avoid delays.
- TOEFL or IELTS scores are accepted if the test is taken within two years of the start of the admission term. GRE scores are optional for Fall 2021 admission, however, the department will still accept test scores taken within five years of the start of the admission term.
Note: More information regarding the TOEFL requirement, the online application, fees, and Graduate School frequently asked questions (FAQs) is available at the Graduate School admissions page.
Fall Term Admission: All application materials must be submitted no later than March 1, 2021.
Spring Term Admission: All application materials must be submitted no later than July 15, 2021.
Refer first to the economics master’s program Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). If you have additional questions, please contact us at the Department of Economics, William H. Sewell Social Science Building, 1180 Observatory Drive, Room 7470, Madison, WI 53706-1393; or by emailing the Master’s Program Advisor.