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Master of Science Admissions Steps and Timeline


Master of Science Admissions Steps and Timeline

  • Online application  

    When you start the online application, please select the summer term. The online math/stats

    review course begins in July.  Classroom courses begin in the fall term in early September.
  • Statement of purpose
    Summarize academic background, educational and career goals, past experiences relevant to and motivation for working in the field of economic modeling and data analytics. Use pdf format to upload to the online application.


  • Three letters of recommendation
    Solicit detailed letters from persons who are able to judge your qualifications for graduate work in this field. Most useful are letters from faculty who have taught you in one or more classes. In the application, you will supply their email addresses, and the Graduate School will send them instructions on how to upload their letters.


  • Transcripts from all colleges or universities
    You will be asked to upload copies of transcripts into the online application. Official paper copies of all transcripts should be mailed to the department:
    Admissions Committee - REDA
    Agricultural and Applied Economics
    University of Wisconsin
    427 Lorch St.
    Madison WI 53706.

    International academic records must be in the original language accompanied by an official English translation. Documents must be issued by the school Registrar.


  • Course inventory  

    So that we can better evaluate your quantitative training, please list all the economics, math and statistics courses you have taken.  Include the  textbook(s) used (if possible), course number, course title, and your grade for the class.  Put this in a list or table format and upload your document as a pdf.


  • Graduate Record Exam scores
    For score reporting, use the UW-Madison institution code of 1846. No department code necessary.


  • English proficiency exam for international students
    We accept scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL minimum score of 96), the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB minimum score 82-83), or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS minimum score of 7) This requirement is waived for students who have studied for at least 2 semesters in the U.S. or if English was the language of instruction for their undergraduate degree. For score reporting, use the UW-Madison institution code of 1846.


  • Writing sample - optional



Early November: Take the Graduate Record Exam and TOEFL exam if needed
January 15 Priority application deadline
May 1 Final application deadline
Last updated on Wed, September 7, 2016 8:57 PM