To maintain the high quality of the program and its optimum size, PhD classes are enrolled every two years. The next intake will be in Fall 2010, with applications due by January 15, 2010. Admissions decisions are usually reached within one month of the application deadline date.
Who should apply
You should have strong analytical skills, a good background in economics and mathematics, and a serious commitment to research and/or advanced analysis. The ideal candidate has:
- an excellent academic record in an American bachelor's or equivalent foreign degree program
- outstanding analytical skills as demonstrated with GRE scores
- interest in international issues and motivation for challenging graduate study
Undergraduate studies should include intermediate microeconomics and statistics as well as exposure to linear algebra and differential, integral and multivariate calculus. An undergraduate major in economics is not required. Neither is a Master's degree needed.
Students who seek two years of PhD-level training but do not wish to commit to completing the full PhD program may apply to the Master of Science program.
How to apply
You can apply in three ways:
In either case a complete application includes the following:
- Application form, including essay and $55 application fee
- Official scores from the GRE. The code for Brandeis IBS is 3122.
- Official transcripts
- 3 letters of recommendation
If you are an international applicant your application must also include an official score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), unless your native language is English, or you received an undergraduate or graduate degree from an institution in the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia or New Zealand. A score of 600 on the paper-based exam or 250 on the computer-based exam is usually required. An official English translation of academic documents is also required.