Graduate Program FAQ

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How many students apply? How large is the program? The number of applications varies year to year, but we try to limit our class size to around 20 students total between the 3+1 and traditional programs.

Do applicants need recommendations? Current Miami undergrads will need to obtain a FERPA release from the Eco department and fill it out in lieu of the letters, so the graduate director can talk to your economics professors. For more information about admission, please see here.

When can students start applying? When are applications due? You may start applying to the program the first week of September. For priority consideration, complete applications need to be in by February 1st. We still consider applications until June 1st.  For applications to be fully considered, they need to be complete (including test scores).

When are admission decisions made? For applications that are complete by February 1st, decisions will try to be made by February 15th. This is a soft date whereas it could vary depending on the number of applicants. You will be notified separately of financial assistance.

What financial assistance is available? We offer financial assistance in the form of partial and full tuition waivers, and graduate assistantships on a competitive basis.

Do I need to apply separately for a graduate assistantship? No, everyone is considered for a graduate assistantship when they apply.

If admitted, how many are awarded assistantships? The graduate committee considers all information in the application when making financial award decisions. Awards are made on a merit basis, with the most highly qualified students receiving awards first. On average, only about half of our students receive financial aid. Some students receive only partial waivers of tuition; others receive tuition waivers and stipends that require work within the department.

Do students need to take the GRE or GMAT? Is there a minimum score for any of the exams? Typically, all students need to take the GRE. In exceptional circumstances, the program will consider GMAT scores in place of GRE scores.  There is no minimum score for the program. However, due to COVID 19, we are waiving the GRE/GMAT for the February 1st deadline.

Does the program only begin in the fall? We are a cohort-based, full-time program, so we don’t allow students to start in spring

Can work experience substitute for any classes? In general, no, but individuals with specific requests should contact the graduate director.

Can this be a part time program that is done in more than one year? It is very difficult to complete the program as a part time student due to course sequencing. It could be done, but would require more than 2 years to complete.

Can a student apply to the program before taking the GRE and/or TOEFL? You may apply before you have taken these exams, however your application is not considered complete until we have your test score(s).

How many credit hours will be taken each semester? Typically, a student will take 13 credit hours in the fall, 12 credit hours in the spring, and will take 6 credit hours during the summer. The summer will be done in either an individual thesis option or a group project option.