Graduate: Admissions

Application Process

Applying for admission to AEDE's graduate programs requires completion of the online application on Ohio State's Graduate Admissions website. Please DO NOT submit writing samples or copies of papers, as these are not reviewed as part of the admissions process.

Applicants should also ensure that the following official test scores (which are required for consideration for admission to AEDE) are submitted directly to Ohio State's Graduate Admissions office by the testing agency (ETS institutional code is 1592):

  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores;
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores, if applicable.

Standardized Tests

All applicants to AEDE's graduate programs are required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

International applicants are also required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), unless they are citizens of Australia, Belize, British Caribbean, British West Indies, Canada (except Quebec), England, Guyana, Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, Scotland, Wales, or the United States, or if, prior to enrolling at Ohio State, they will have earned a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited university in one of those countries.

Other Application Materials

All applicants are required to submit a Statement of Purpose, a resume/CV, and three letters of recommendation (electronically requested through the application.

Admissions Standards

For admission to
Ohio State graduate programs, the Ohio State Graduate Admissions office requires:


A baccalaureate or professional degree from a department of approved standing at an accredited college or university.

An undergraduate cumulative point average of no less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent.

A TOEFL score of no less than 550 on the paper-based test, 79 on the Internet-based test, or 213 on the computer-based test, if applicable.

AEDE does not impose additional requirements, but recommends that:

Applicants to the
MAE or MS programs should possess:

A cumulative grade point average of 3.1 on a 4.0 point scale in all previous undergraduate coursework, or equivalent.

Scores of 156 (720 prior scale) and 153 (500 prior scale) on the quantitative and verbal portions of the Graduate Record Examination, respectively.

Entering students are assumed to have successfully completed courses in Intermediate Microeconomics, Calculus, and Statistics. Students who have not successfully completed some or all of these courses may be admitted provisionally, subject to conditions stipulated by the Director of Graduate Programs.

Applicants to the
PhD program should possess:

A cumulative grade point average of 3.3 on a 4.0 point scale in all previous undergraduate coursework and a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 point scale in all previous graduate coursework, or equivalent.

Scores of 163 (780 prior scale) and 160 (600 prior scale) on the quantitative and verbal portions of the Graduate Record Examination, respectively.

A TOEFL score of 600 on the paper-based test, 250 on the computer-based test, or 100 on the internet-based test, if applicable.

Prerequisite coursework in Calculus-based Intermediate Microeconomic Theory, Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory, Differential and Integral Calculus, and Mathematical Statistics.

 

Application Deadlines

The deadline for receipt of completed applications are as follows:

November 30

International doctoral applicants who wish to be considered for fellowship nomination and/or admission with funding to the class starting the following autumn

December 15

Domestic doctoral applicants who wish to be considered for fellowship nomination and/or admission with funding to the class starting the following autumn

April 30 International and Domestic MAE and MS applicants

Applications submitted after the deadlines noted above will be considered for admission, but may not receive consideration for funding. Please note that our MAE and MS programs can be completed in two semesters and we do not typically offer funding to MAE or MS applicants.