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PhD Application Process

The PhD program offers admission for the fall term only. Your application must be submitted with the Rackham Graduate School application process by midnight on December 15. All admissions materials (application and supplemental materials) must be submitted by the December 15th deadline.There is no separate application form for financial aid. Access to the on‐line application is at

All applicants must submit the following material: 

A. Application Form (including statement of purpose, personal statement, and CV) 
B. Application Fee
C. Transcript of all post‐secondary institutions attended. Include a scanned image of your
transcript(s) with the on‐line application. A scanned copy of an official student copy, provided to you by the Registrar’s Office, is acceptable for initial review ONLY. Rackham Graduate School  requires applicants to submit an official transcript (either hard copy or official electronic transcript). Check their web site at for further details.
D. Three letters of recommendation. If you are currently attending a graduate program, two of those three letters must be submitted from faculty in that graduate program.
E. Valid, official score reports of GRE and TOEFL (if applicable)

Do NOT submit the following material to the Economics Department specifically: 

A. Unofficial transcript(s) printed from your institution’s student portal (a screen print of a
B. List of textbooks from your coursework
C. List of economics, mathematics, and statistics courses and grades
D. Writing sample
E. Paper copy of GRE and/or TOEFL score reports

The application evaluation process for the doctoral program in economics is done online. NOTE: The doctoral admissions committee reviews applications for admissions electronically. ALL documents must be uploaded through the Rackham Graduate School application. Do not send any hard-copy transcripts or materials to the Economics department.

For current U-M PhD students interested in setting up an Individually Interdepartmental Degree program (IIDP), also known as the Student Initiated Degree Program (SIDP), and adding Economics as a dual degree with your home program, please see our joint programs page or the Rackham Website regarding this unique program.

For questions regarding admissions please send an email to

For questions regarding your specific application status or which application materials have arrived, please check your Wolverine Access Friend Account under "New and Prospective Student Business."