At Nebraska, economists begin with solid technical training in economic theory and quantitative methods and progress to applications of those tools in selected fields.
The Ph.D. is a scholarly degree, preparing students to make significant contributions advancing the discipline and communicating those advances in the form of publication and teaching. Graduates are employed in college and university teaching positions as well as in research and consulting for business and government. Admission requirements include strong academic achievement and training in economics, mathematics, and statistics. See our website for specific admission requirements.
Applying for Admission
Standard requirements for all graduate programs
- Application for Admission with $50 non-refundable application fee.
- Transcripts (unofficial): Uploaded as part of application form.
If International: Uploads must include all college- or university-level transcripts or mark sheets (records of courses and marks earned), with certiﬁcates, diplomas, and degrees plus certiﬁed English translations.
After admission: Official documents are required from all students who are admitted and enroll. Photocopies of certiﬁed records are not acceptable. International students enrolled in other U.S. institutions may have certiﬁed copies of all foreign records sent directly to the Office of Graduate Studies by their current school’s registrar office.
- If applicant’s native language is not English, verification of English proficiency is required.
- If applicant is not a US citizen and expects an F or J visa: financial information.
- Applicants must also fulfill any additional requirements the department specifies at the time of application.
Additional requirements specific to this program
- Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 80, IELTS 6.5
- Three recommendation letters
- Personal Statement: Your statement should give your reasons and goals behind attending graduate school. You may also highlight your strengths and explain any apparent weaknesses in your application.
- Writing Sample (optional): This sample should demonstrate your scholarly writing ability, for example via a term paper, thesis, or published article.
NOTE: When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, our institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.
Admission Application Deadlines
March 1 for Fall. October 31 for Spring.
The University of Nebraska does not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation in its programs, activities, or employment.