The overall scholastic record and potential of the applicant for admission is more important than prior preparation in specific areas of economics. While undergraduate specialization in economics is desirable, the program is open to students whose undergraduate specialization has been in other fields. However, if the student has not had intermediate level microeconomics, macroeconomics, statistics, or calculus, preparatory work may be required before admission to the Department is granted. Applicants may apply to the graduate program in Economics by submitting an online application. All supporting application documents must be submitted to the Department of Economics, including a U.S. $65 application fee. Please make all checks/bank drafts in U.S. dollars payable to Southern Illinois University. The supporting documents include:
- One complete set of official transcripts from every college or university you have attended (also diplomas for international applicants).
- A brief biographical sketch indicating your educational goals and professional interests.
- Three letters of reference from three persons able to evaluate your prospects as a graduate student.
- Graduate Record Examination scores.
Please use the following address to submit application materials:
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Economics,
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Carbondale, IL 62901-4515
All applicants must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Information on testing dates may be obtained from Educational Testing Service.
Evaluations of applicants by the department are based on information from the application form, GRE scores, transcripts, and other information. NOTE: Applicants wishing to be considered for admission with financial aid for the Fall semester must have complete applications on file in this office by January 1st of the academic year for which they are applying. Applicants who do NOT wish to be considered for financial aid must have complete applications on file in this office by April 15th of the academic year for which they are applying. Domestic applicants who meet the Graduate School requirements but not the Department of Economics requirements may register for remedial courses as unclassified graduate students. Such persons may be considered for admission to the Department of Economics at a later date, based on their performance in such remedial courses.
Please note: only applicants who have completed or are in the process of completing a master's degree are eligible for admission to the doctoral program. Applicants who have only completed or will complete a bachelor's degree are eligible for admission to the master's degree. Thus, if you have not completed a master's degree, or if you are not in the process of completing a master's degree, please do not apply to our doctoral program. Instead, please make application to our master's program. The SIU Graduate School also has other requirements for admission into the master's and doctoral programs. Please contact the Department of Economics for more information.