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Graduate Admission Information

The deadline for receipt of completed iPhD applications and supporting documentation is January 15 for the Fall semester and September 1 for the Spring semester. MA applications are welcome anytime.

 

Key admission details are provided here for review. Complete details are available in the MA/iPhD Student Handbook.

Prospective students with admissions questions regarding the program should consult with Professor Young for M.A. admissions questions and Professor Peter Eaton for iPhD admissions questions.


Frederic Lee

Erik Olsen
Associate Professor,
M.A. Admissions

olsenek@umkc.edu     |     816.235.5715     |     Manheim 202H

 
Peter Eaton

Peter J. Eaton
Associate Professor,
iPhD Adviser

eatonp@umkc.edu     |     816.235.2832     |     Haag 210B

Application information is available on the department's application page.

M.A. Admissions

Applicants may be admitted to the MA program if they have a baccalaureate degree in economics from an accredited college or university with an overall grade-point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (or the equivalent). Applicants whose undergraduate grade-point average is less than 2.5 may be considered for admission.

Applicants who have a baccalaureate degree with an overall undergraduate grade-point average of 2.5 or better and who did not major or minor in economics may be provisionally admitted to the program but will have to demonstrate proficiency in the following courses before taking courses in the graduate program:
    —Intermediate Macroeconomic Analysis (Economics 301)
    —Intermediate Microeconomic Analysis (Economics 302)
    —Introductory Statistics (Statistics 235)
All students with less than a 2.5 (4.0 scale) grade-point average prior to admission shall be required to take the general Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) and obtain a combined score of 1000 or greater on the verbal and quantitative and at least a 4.0 on the analytical portions.

International students who have studied less than two years (full time) in a U.S. academic program or a comparable program in an English-speaking country are required to have TOEFL score of 550 or above or 213 on the computer-based test or 79 on the internet test; or obtain a IELTS score of 6.0 or more. In addition, to qualify for full admission status, international students must achieve a score of at least 4.0 on the Test of Written English (TWE) portion of the TOEFL examination. Students admitted provisionally because of the TWE requirement may take a TWE equivalency test through UMKC’s Applied Language Institute once they arrive on campus.

Qualified students are admitted at anytime.

Interdisciplinary PhD Admissions

For applicants with only a B.A. degree, a combined score of at least 1,000 on the verbal and quantitative and at least a 4.0 on the analytical portions of the general Graduate Record Examination. For applicants with a MA degree or equivalent in economics, the Graduate Record Examination may be waived—contact the Department’s graduate admission advisor for further details.

A grade point average of at least 3.00 (on a 4.0 scale) covering all college work taken prior to the bachelor’s degree, or a grade point average of at least t 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) covering all post-baccalaureate work completed to date.

Recommendations for provisional or full admission by the doctoral faculty review group in at least two participating disciplines

Applicants for whom English is not the native language and have studied less than two years (full time) in a U.S. academic program or a comparable program in an English-speaking country are required to obtain a TOEFL score of at least 550 on the paper-based test, 213 on the computer-based test, or 79 on the internet test; or obtain a IELTS score of 6.0 or more. In addition, to qualify for full admission status, international students must achieve a score of at least 4.0 on the Test of Written English (TWE) portion of the TOEFL examination. Students admitted provisionally because of the TWE requirement may take a TWE equivalency test through UMKC’s Applied Language Institute once they arrive on campus.

Applicants must have at least 18 undergraduate semester credit hours in economics, including intermediate microeconomics and macroeconomics, and a course in elementary statistics. In addition it is strongly recommended that applicants have some of the following courses: econometrics, mathematical economics, history of economic thought, heterodox economics, economic history, calculus, and linear algebra. Students with fewer than 18 credit hours will be admitted only on a provisional status.

Applicants matriculated into the MA economics program at UMKC may apply for admission to the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Economics as soon as they have completed 15 credit hours and have earned a grade point average of 3.25 or better.

Applicants who wish to transfer to the UMKC IPhD program in Economics from other institutions must have obtained grade point average of at least 3.0 covering all their graduate work. Transfer students must apply for transfer credits toward the IPhD as soon as possible after completion of a minimum of 12 credits at UMKC with a grade-point average of 3.0 or better. Up to 30 transfer credit hours may be granted. No transfer credit will be granted for any courses not relevant to the IPhD in economics or for any courses with a grade of less than 3.0.

Applicants who do not fit the above criteria may substitute evidence of scholarly publication, research, recommendations, and academic qualifications to the admission committee.

Assistantships and Fellowships

There are a number of graduate assistantships and fee waivers available from the Department. In addition graduate assistantships and fee waivers are available from the Research Centers in or associated with the Department. Finally, the Department has each year a few positions available for teaching introductory economic courses. To obtain further information and application form, contact the IPhD advisor. The awards for assistantships are only made in March for the following academic year.

For domestic graduate students to be eligible for assistantships, they must attend the General New GTA Orientation. For international graduate students to be eligible to hold GTA appointments, they must:
    1) have a TOEFL score of at least 550/213/79
    2) attend both the General New GTA Orientation and the Cultural Orientation programs
    3) take the SPEAK test and achieve a rating of at least 50
    4) prepare and present a simulated lecture that is videotaped, evaluated, and approved by the School of Graduate Studies and the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences.
For further information, see the School of Graduate Studies website.

To retain funding as a GTA or GRA, students entering the program must make adequate progress in the program.

There are additional scholarships and awards available for students from the School of Graduate Studies at its web-site:
http://sgs.umkc.edu/
http://sgs.umkc.edu/fellow/index.asp

Application information is available on the department's application page.