Typically, between 20 and 25 new students enter our Ph.D. program each fall. The scale of our program enables us to offer a broad range of field courses on a regular basis but still maintain a relatively low student-faculty ratio. The entering class is quite diverse. In most recent years, 48 percent of our entering students have been women, and over half have been international students.

The Department of Economics is committed to supporting students and ensuring a fear-free, inclusive space where all students can thrive. The department recognizes non-binary gender identifications, as well as the difference between assigned biological sex and gender expression. It encourages students, faculty and staff to share and honor preferred pronouns and names.

Our department is an Institutional Member of the American Society of Hispanic Economists. The ASHE works to elevate the standing of Hispanics and Latinos in the profession; it publishes a newsletter and alerts members to job postings as well as scholarship and grant opportunities. Faculty and graduate students affiliated with the department can join the ASHE for free.

The department receives over 600 applications to the Ph.D. program every year, and admission standards are therefore quite high. Successful applicants must have a strong mathematics background; almost all of our entering students have completed three semesters of calculus and one semester in linear algebra at the time of application, and most successful applicants have additional math courses, such as differential equations and real analysis.

Submitting GRE scores is optional for Fall 2024 admission.

In order to receive funding as a TA, which is the standard funding package we offer to incoming PhD students, you meet the English Language requirements determined by the Maryland English Institute:  https://marylandenglishinstitute.com/english-programs/international-teaching-assistants/. As of December 2023, the requirements include a minimum of 24 on the speaking section; the requirements are subject to change by the Maryland English Institute and the University of Maryland Graduate School.  A lower score precludes receiving a TA position and necessitates taking an English course that would interfere with taking the standard first year course sequence in Economics.  Therefore, we require applicants to meet the University’s English proficiency requirement at the time of admission. Unfortunately, we are unable to make conditional offers.

The Graduate School at the University of Maryland requires a minimum grade point average of B for entering students, but the Department's standard is well above this threshold.

Our department offers admission only to students interested in earning a Ph.D. Our program is not designed for students who are interested only in a Master's degree. However, our Ph.D. students may obtain an M.A. degree during their program, either as a terminal degree for students leaving the Ph.D. program or as an intermediate sign of achievement for students who are continuing in the Ph.D. program.

For students who are interested in applied economics, but are not pursuing a Ph.D., the University of Maryland offers a Master of Science in Applied Economics. This program is designed for working professionals; it is not appropriate preparation for a Ph.D. in economics. Contact masters-econ [at] umd [dot] edu or visit the M.S. in Applied Economics website for more information.