Admissions Criteria and Process

Applying for admission to AEDE’s graduate programs requires completion of Ohio State’s Graduate and Professional Admissions online application, regardless of program.  When selecting a program, you will want to select APPECON-MO for the Master of Applied Economics. 

We encourage this if a student lacks some of the foundational coursework that we like to see applicants have (calculus, statistics and intermediate economics) or if they don’t have strong grades in one or more of these subjects.

Application Timeline:

August 1st             Application Opens

December 15th     Application deadline to be considered for potential scholarships, review begins

January                Application decisions released on a rolling basis

June 10th              Final application deadline

Submit Supporting Documentation (Please do not submit writing samples or copies of papers outside of your application.  They will not be considered as part of the Admissions Process)

Graduate and Professional Admissions and AEDE require the following documentation to consider your application complete.

  • Statement of Purpose*
    • “Why do I want to be in the Master of Applied Economics Program?”
  • Resume/CV*
  • Three Letters of Recommendation*
    • The application will ask for contact information.  The Graduate and Professional Admissions Office will send them a notification for recommendation.
  • Transcripts
    • Transcripts must be from all institutions where college credit was earned
  • Standardized Tests (OSU Graduate Admissions ETS Code is 1592)
    • GRE requirement is being waived the for the upcoming 2020 application cycle due to complications with testing dates from ETS.
    • TOEFL (for international students)

*Will be submitted as part of the online application.

Admission Criteria:

The Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics does not impose additional requirements Graduate and Professional Admissions criteria, but recommends the following:

  • 3.1 Cumulative Undergraduate GPA on a 4.0 Scale, or equivalent
  • GRE requirement is being waived the for the upcoming 2020 application cycle due to complications with testing dates from ETS
  • TOEFL (International)
    • Minimum of 79 on Internet-based test
    • Minimum of 213 on the computer-based test
    • Minimum of 550 on paper-based test
  • Recommended Undergraduate Coursework:
    • Intermediate Microeconomics
    • Calculus
    • Statistics


Sarah Kreidinger 
Graduate Program Manager, Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics | (614) 292-6432

Graduate and Professional Admissions | 614-292-9444

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