Doctoral Program Frequently Asked Questions
Below are frequently asked questions from students interested in our doctoral program. Questions are grouped by topic with links to answers below.
- Do you have spring admission?
- Do you offer a terminal Master’s degree?
- Is there a form for letters of recommendation?
- Can I apply to the doctoral program directly from my undergraduate degree?
- What is the duration of the doctoral program?
- How many applications do you usually receive? How many applicants do you admit?
- What percentage of your students are international students?
- Do you admit Chinese students?
- What is the cost of the program?
- What funding options are available?
- What percentage of entering, new students receive departmental funding?
- What are the requirements to apply for an assistantship?
- Can the application fee be waived under special circumstances?
Doctoral Program Requirements
- What are the math prerequisites for the program?
- Is there are a minimum GRE score requirement?
- Is the GRE Economics Subject test required?
- What were the average GRE scores of last year’s admitted students?
- Is there a minimum GPA requirement?
- I’ve taken the GRE, how long will my scores be accepted?
- Is there a minimum TOEFL score requirement?
- I’ve taken the TOEFL exam, how long will my scores be accepted?
- Can IELTS scores be used to fulfill the TOEFL requirement?
- Is the TSE Required?
Applicants are admitted exclusively for the fall semester when the initial core courses of the doctoral program are offered.
No. We do not admit students into a terminal Master’s track. Ph.D. students can earn a Master’s degree incidental to the Ph.D.
No. The format of letters of recommendation is left to the discretion of the author.
Yes. When evaluating applicants the Graduate Admissions Committee looks at the whole picture:
- Past academic performance and previous coursework
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores
- Letters of recommendation
- Your statement of purpose
- A strong mathematics background including three semesters of calculus and a course in linear algebra. A course in mathematical analysis is recommended, as well.
Strong applicants have performed well in all of those areas. We admit students from many backgrounds including recent college graduates, applicants with advanced degrees, and applicants from the workforce.
The doctoral program is designed to take 4 to 5 years to complete. The typical student has finished coursework and begun dissertation work during the third year of the program.
We receive about 250 applications per year, of which we admit roughly 20-30.
It varies from year to year, but generally between 40% and 60% of our students in residence are international students.
Yes. Nationality is not a factor in our admission decisions, just the strengh of the overall application.
There are two types of fees to attend the University of Arizona: tuition and registration fees. Tuition is typically $14,712 per year, while registration fees and surcharges are about $7,530 per year. Additional costs to take into consideration are health insurance and living expenses. For more information on tuition costs please reference the Bursar's Office Web page.
Assistantship stipends are awarded to applicants on a competitive basis. Stipend amounts average $15,176 per year and waive the $14,712 tuition and the $7,530 registration fees and surcharges.
A limited number of tuition waivers are available to students who do not receive assistantships.
Typically 70 – 80 percent of our new, first-year students receive some level of financial support. Plus we fund all continuing students making good progress up through the 5th year of the program.
There are no specific requirements; however, assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis.
The University of Arizona does not grant waivers of the $75 application fee. There are no exceptions to this requirement.
Doctoral Program Requirements
Due to the rigorous nature of our program, we expect applicants to have a strong background in math. Below are the courses that make-up a sound preparation for our program. For ease of reference, courses are listed by number and name as they appear in the UA schedule of classes.
MATH 124 – Calculus I with Apps
MATH 129 – Calculus II
MATH 215 – Intro to Linear Algebra
MATH 223 – Vector Calculus
There is not a minimum score requirement for the GRE, although we do expect applicants to perform well. A competitive score on the quantitative section usually falls above the 80th percentile. That said, we assess applicants in the context of their overall qualifications and within the context of the applicant pool as a whole. The Economics Department code for the GRE is 1801.
No. We don’t require the Economics subject test.
The average GRE scores of our last incoming class were Verbal: 500 and Quant: 780.
A minimum grade-point average of 3.00, based on a 4.00 scale, is required for admission to the Graduate College. Calculation of the grade-point average is based on the final portion of an applicant's undergraduate record, the graduate record, or a combination of both. The Department can ask the Graduate College to make an exception in cases where all other aspects of the application are very strong.
Educational Testing Service (ETS) will report scores for up to 5 years. Because that’s as long as we are able to receive official score reports, your GRE scores are accepted for 5 years.
The minimum TOEFL score required by the Graduate College of the University of Arizona is 550 (paper version), 213 (computer-based test) or 79 (iBT test). The University of Arizona Institution code for the TOEFL is 4832.
The official UA policy on TOEFL scores is that the exam date must be within 2 calendar years of the term of enrollment.
IELTS scores can be used to satisfy the university's English Proficiency requirement in lieu of TOEFL scores. Applicants must submit a minimum IELTS (International English Language Testing System) composite score of 7 (no subject area below a 6).
No, you do not need to submit a TSE score for admission. However, students on assistantship are not allowed to teach until they have met an English speaking proficienty requirement. That requirement can be satisfied with a score of 50 or higher on the TSE, a sub-score of 26 or higher on the speaking portion of the iBT TOEFL, or a score of 7 or higher on the T-BEST exam. The T-BEST exam is administered at the University of Arizona.
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