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Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics


Application Process

Applying for admission to AEDE’s graduate programs requires completion of Ohio State’s Graduate and Professional Admissions online application. A Masters degree is not required for admission to apply to the PhD Program. Students whose undergraduate degrees are not in economics or business are welcome to apply as well.

Recommended admissions criteria

  • Minimum 3.3 undergraduate G.P.A. on a 4.0 scale, Minimum 3.5 graduate G.P.A. on a 4.0 scale (if grad coursework has been taken)
  • GRE (Quantitative 163, Verbal 15)
  • TOEFEL (International applicants are also required to take unless they are citizens of, or who have received a bachelor’s degree or higher by the time of matriculation from, one of the following countries are exempt from the English proficiency requirement: Australia, Belize, the British Caribbean and British West Indies, Canada (except Quebec), England, Ghana, Guyana, Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Singapore, Scotland, the United States and Wales. English proficiency policy has been set for this academic year. We are not granting test waivers or petitions to exempt countries not currently listed above at this time.)
  • Prerequisite Courses: Intermediate Microeconomic Theory, Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory, Differential and Integral Calculus and Mathematical Statistics

The above criteria are only recommended in addition to the minimum standards required by Ohio State Graduate and Professional Admissions.

Autumn 2024 Application Timeline

August 1, 2023  | Application Portal opens for submission.

December 1, 2023  | Deadline for full consideration of admission and funding.

Required documents

  1. Statement of purposes explaining why applicant wants to be in the PhD program
  2. Resume/CV
  3. Three recommendations (applicant provides contact information, and Ohio State contacts recommendors directly)
  4. Official Transcript(s) from all institutions where applicant has earned college credit
  5. GRE test scores
  6. English Proficiency required for international applicants (TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo)

Applicants should ensure they have all documentation and contact information ready prior to starting the online application.



Questions? We are here to help. Contact AEDE Graduate Admissions and Services below for questions about the PhD application process.

AEDE Graduate Admissions and Services  | 614-292-7911

Ohio State Graduate and Professional Admissions | 614-292-9444