Please read through this AND our FAQ page carefully before contacting the department with questions. We are using a new online application system and have some new policies in place so information here may change as we learn more about the system and hear from applicants.

Steps in the Admission Process  

Complete instructions for applying to any UH graduate program can be found here :

Apply Online

Information about our online application process can be found at UH Graduate School Application  Please be aware that beginning in Fall 2015 we will no longer be accepting applications via  Follow all instructions at to fill out an online application. In addition, be sure to list your three recommenders names and email addresses on the online application.  They will be contacted directly by and asked to upload their letters of recommendation to ApplyWeb

Please make sure that you apply for the correct program and the correct term. In addition, it is very important that you list a currently active email address that you check regularly. We will use the email address that you list on your application to communicate with you.

The application for the PhD “Economics” program is available ONLY under the FALL term. Make sure to use that application if a PhD is your ultimate goal. Students applying to the Masters in Applied Economics program should select the “Applied Economics” application. The application for the MA Applied program is also available ONLY under the FALL term.

Note that the PhD Economics and MA Applied Economics are completely separate. Admission into one program does not imply admission to the other. In addition, courses from one program will not be transferable to the other program.

If you are interested in applying for both programs, you must must complete 2 applications.

Submit Your Application Materials

You will be asked to submit the following documents.

Application Fee

Currently the university charges international students a $75.00 application fee; U.S. students do not have any application fee. Some departments charge an additional application fee, but at this time the Department of Economics does not charge any additional application fee. Do NOT send any money to the department. Your application fee, if required, should be paid online with a credit card.

In no case can the application fee be deferred or waived. The department will not review any application without payment of the application fee (if required).

Official Transcripts

Applicants may wait until they are accepted to our programs before they submit official transcripts.  Unofficial transcripts can be uploaded to the ApplyWeb application.  These transcripts must reflect at least the last 60 semester credit hours of course work or the equivalent. Evidence of award of degree, if applicable, must be reflected as well.

Once accepted, final official transcripts should be sent electronically.  If the institution does not allow for electronically-formatted requests, one official transcript from each institution previously attended is required. Official Transcripts must be sent in a sealed, signed envelope directly to:

Regular Mail Address Express Mail Address
University of Houston
Graduate Admissions
P.O. Box 3947
Houston, Texas 77253-3947
University of Houston
4800 Calhoun Road
102 E. Cullen Building
Houston, Texas 77204-2012

Test Scores

You should arrange to have ETS send score reports of GRE and TOEFL scores directly to the University of Houston. The institution code for the University of Houston is 6870. The GRE is required and cannot be waived. The department will not accept the GMAT. TOEFL can be waived for foreign students who have a degree from a U.S. university. Check the FAQs for more details.

Reference Letters

References should be from individuals who can describe your aptitude and potential for graduate study based on their knowledge of your work.  Three (3) letters of reference are required.  At least one letter must be from a faculty member at the university you last attended or are currently attending.

Personal Statement

Applicants are required to submit a personal statement. Your statement should be 1-2 pages and include information regarding your career plans and explanation of why you feel the program will help you achieve your goals.  Feel free to include any other information that you think will be helpful to the admissions committee. 


Applicants are required to submit a current resume or curriculum vitae.

Additional Materials

Unofficial transcript copies can be uploaded as a PDF file. Please be advised, copies of transcripts are unofficial and official transcripts are required upon admission.  If a degree has not yet been completed at the time of application, we ask that the applicant upload an unofficial transcript copy.  If admitted to the program, the applicant will be required to submit all official transcripts in order to fully complete the process.  

International Applicant Documents.  In addition to the above documents, International applicants are required to present the following :

  • Evidence of satisfactory English Proficiency on the TOEFL or IELTS standardized exams as required by your graduate program.
  • If admitted to the program, International Students on student visas will be required to present the following. I-20s cannot be issued until all of these documents have been uploaded so it is to your benefit to have them ready.


PhD Program – The department only accepts applications for the Fall semester. The department does not admit new students in the spring or summer sessions. The deadline to be considered for fall admission and graduate assistantship is February 1. There is no separate form to be considered for an assistantship; it is automatic as long as your application materials are received by February 1.  Applications which are received after February 1 through May 1 will be considered for admission only with no assistantship. In addition, please be aware that space is limited. Submitting your application materials earlier will increase your chances of acceptance.  No applications are accepted after May 1.

MA in Applied Economics Program – This degree is not part of the PhD program. If your goal is a PhD in Economics, be sure to apply for that program. Courses in the MA in Applied Economics program are not transferrable to the PhD program (and vice versa).

The department only accepts applications for the MA in Applied Economics for the Fall semester. The department does not admit new students in the spring or summer sessions. The department will begin reviewing completed application packages on February 1 with a final application deadline of May 1. Admission decisions will be made on a rolling basis, so getting your application materials in early benefits you!  Applications which are received after February 1 through May 1 will continue to be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please be aware that space is limited. Submitting your application materials early will increase your chances of acceptance.  No applications are accepted after May 1.

There are no assistantships offered for this program.  However, we will have a limited number of scholarships available.  These scholarships will cover partial tuition charges and recipients will be selected on the basis of previous academic achievement and their potential for excellence in the field.  If you apply for admission to the MA Applied Economics program before April 1st , you are automatically considered for one of our scholarships.  There is no need to submit additional materials. 

Verification of Receipt of Materials

Please do not contact the department to ask if your materials have been received. If you are having problems with the online process, you should contact the ApplyWeb (CollegeNet) Help Desk.

Admissions Decisions

PhD Economics Program The department PhD program admissions committee begins review of applications in mid-February. Students being offered department assistantships will be contacted by email from early-March to mid-April. Once decisions have been reached on all other applicants, official admission (or rejection) letters from the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences will be mailed. The department admissions process continues through the summer, however most assistantship offers are made by the end of April and others are notified by early June.

MA Applied Economics Program - The department MA Applied Economics admissions committee begins review of applications in early February. Students will be contacted by email once a decision has been made. Decisions will continue to be made in this manner through the summer. Applicants may receive decision notification as early as March. Conversely, applicants who are wait-listed may receive a decision notification as late as early August.