PhD Admissions

Thank you for your interest in the Georgetown University PhD in Economics program. The Ph.D. program in Economics is a full-time program that admits students with outstanding analytical skills; a strong preparation in mathematics is essential for successful application. Undergraduate training in economics is desirable, but exceptions are made in cases of students with appropriate alternative backgrounds. Undergraduate training in statistics and multivariable calculus is required, plus superior performance on the verbal, quantitative, and analytical aptitude sections of the GRE. Students with previous training in economics are encouraged to take the economics achievement section of the GRE. Foreign students must submit an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score report with a minimum score of 550 (paper-based test), 213 (computer-based test), or 80 (iBT). Other admissions requirements include three letters of recommendation, official transcripts, academic statement of purpose, and application fee. An academic writing sample is not required for consideration to the program. The core courses in typical Ph.D. programs in economics, including Georgetown's, are highly mathematical. The typical matriculate to the Georgetown Ph.D. program has a strong mathematics background and achieves above the 80th percentile on the quantitative section of the GRE. Ideally, applicants should have completed three semesters of calculus and one semester each of linear algebra and differential equations.

Application Deadline for admission to the program in the Fall 2019 is January 1, 2019.  

Applications are available via the Graduate School's webpage at

Please send all application materials directly to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Admissions Office. Please DO NOT send transcripts, letters of recommendation, copies of your GRE scores, ITELS OR TOEFL documentation to the Department. The Department is not allowed to keep these materials nor are we allowed to forward these materials unless they are in a sealto the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences on an applicants behalf.  Please DO NOT send e-mail to individual faculty members.

Once again, thank you for your interest in Georgetown University; we look forward to receiving your application. If you have any application related questions, please first contact the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Admissions Office either via phone at 202-687 - 5568 or by email For any programmatic related questions, please feel free to contact Julius J. Shapiro, 

Julius J. Shapiro, Graduate Program Coordinator