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Admissions and Aid

An overview of the admissions process and financial aid offered for the Ph.D. Program in Economics can be found below. We also encourage prospective students to visit the Office of Admissions and the Office of Fellowships and Financial Aid

Our program, which has approximately 100 doctoral students, is highly regarded and competitive. We admit close to 15 to 18 students (about 15% of applicants) annually and offer financial support in the form of Graduate Center Fellowships or Tuition Fellowships

Admissions Overview

Application Deadline and Timeline

Deadline: Extended to February 1 for Fall Enrollment
For priority consideration, we strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible.

Applications are reviewed in the month of January. Initial decisions are made in late March and early April depending on our academic calendar. More decisions are made in May. Most applicants will hear from us by the beginning of June.

Application Requirements

The documents we look for in an admissions package include the following:

  1. Required: Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions you have attended
  2. Required: Statement of Purpose or Essay
  3. Required: GRE scores
  4. Required: Letters of recommendation [at least 2, but 3 or 4 are preferred]
  5. Required if English is not your first language: TOEFL score
  6. Optional: Resume
  7. Optional: Writing Sample [i.e. MA thesis or past publications]

Fellowships and Financial Aid

Institutional Aid

Every applicant to The Graduate Center’s doctoral programs will automatically be considered for five-year institutional funding packages. The aid we offer — including fellowships, tuition awards, and assistantships — is based on merit. 

Learn more about institutional aid for doctoral students »

Federal Aid

Federal aid for doctoral students includes Federal Work-Study, Federal Direct Loans, and Federal Perkins Loans. New York State provides the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) for eligible graduate students who are New York State residents. In all cases, federal and state aid is based solely on financial need.

Learn more about applying for federal aid »

Support for Underrepresented Students

Additional funding may be available to incoming students from underrepresented populations through offerings from the Office of Educational Opportunity and Diversity, including several fellowships and the CUNY Pipeline Program for undergraduate CUNY students.

Learn more about funding opportunities from OEOD »


Tuition and Fees

Tuition rates for doctoral programs at The Graduate Center are based on a student's “level,” which is determined by a combination of the number of graduate credits completed (including, in the case of transfer students, credits accepted by the student's degree program and the Registrar) and specific academic accomplishments. 

The fee structure is also affected by a student’s resident status.

See current doctoral tuition rates »

Student Activities Fee

Each student will be billed for a Graduate School student activities fee, a University student senate fee, a University consolidated services fee and a technology fee. These fees are not refundable.


Frequently Asked Questions

Application Questions

Do you accept part-time Ph.D. candidates?
What sort of mathematics background does the program look for in applicants?
What are the typical GRE scores (math and verbal) of competitive candidates?
Will you accept the GMAT instead of the GRE?
What are the possible outcomes of my application?
Is there a minimum TOEFL or IELTS score required of non-native English speaking applicants?
Does the program offer joint or dual-degree opportunities?
Does the program admit students towards a terminal M.A. degree?
If I am accepted, does the program allow me to defer entry?

Funding and Financial Aid Questions

How many students are typically offered funding each year?
If I am not offered a fellowship, can I teach part time as an adjunct while taking courses?
Does The Graduate Center provide or arrange for health insurance?

Last Updated: 5 Feb 2021