Economics

77 Massachusetts Avenue
Building E52-301
Cambridge
MA
02139

Phone: 

617-324-5857

Email: 

Application Opens: 

September 15

Deadline: 

December 15

Fee: 

$75.00

Terms of Enrollment: 

Fall Term (September)

Degrees: 

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Standardized Tests: 

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

  • General test required
  • Institute code: 3514
  • Department code: 1801

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

  • Minimum score required: 7
  • Electronic scores send to: MIT Graduate Admissions

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

  • Minimum score required: 100 (iBT) 600 (PBT)
  • Institute code: 3514
  • Department code: 84

Waiver of TOEFL/IELTS may be available.

Areas of Research: 

Behavioral
Computational
Development
Econometrics
Economic History
Energy
Environmental
Finance
Financial Economics
Health
International
IO
Labor
Macroeconomics
Microeconomics
Organizational Economics
Political Economy
Public Economics
Public Finance
Theory
Urban Economics

Application Requirements: 

Online application
$75 Application fee
Statement of objectives
Three letters of recommendation
Transcripts
GRE scores
TOEFL or IELTS test score for international applicants whose native language is not English (*see details below for waiver eligibility)

Special Instructions: 

*Who is required to take the TOEFL or IELTS? International students whose first language is not English are required to submit either TOEFL or IELTS scores (not both, but MIT prefers IELTS).  U.S. citizens and Permanent Residents do not take IELTS or TOEFL. The Economics Department will waive the TOEFL or IELTS requirement for international non-native speakers of English who have spent four or more years studying in an accredited school or university where English is the language of instruction. If you fulfill this criteria, you will have the option to request to waive the TOEFL/IELTS test on the online application, under the section 'Test Scores'. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two years. Scores that expire while an application is under review will be considered valid.

Applicants are required to complete the Subjects Taken section of the online application. Please list economics and mathematics courses only. Group courses by subject area, and complete each column. You may upload a resume or CV electronically to your application. Hard copies sent via post will not be accepted. Official copies of transcripts should be scanned and uploaded to your online application. When necessary, please have records translated into English. All applicants are required to send by the application deadline, via post, an official, sealed transcript from each school attended. Any discrepancy between the scanned transcripts and official transcripts may result in a rejection or withdrawal of our admission offer.