Go to: http://gradstudy.rutgers.edu and complete an on line application. We require three letters of recommendation, a personal statement, transcripts (one set), GRE General Test and TOEFL scores. All this information does not have to arrive at the same time, but should be forwarded to the Graduate Admission Office, 18 Bishop Place, New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901. There is a $65.00 fee required with the application. We will notify you before applications are reviewed if we do not have all your information.
What is the cutoff date for applications?
The deadline to apply is January 15.
Do you admit students in the Fall and Spring?
We only have Fall admission.
Do you offer an M.A. and a Ph.D.?
We do not currently offer a terminal Master’s degree program for incoming students. However, Master's degree are awarded to doctoral students currently in the program who either: (i) wish to obtain a Master’s degree during their progress towards their Ph.D.;or (ii) have decided to end their pursuit of a Ph.D. and wish to obtain a Master’s degree.
Is it a full time program?
We are a full time day program with no evening, weekend or summer classes.
How many applications do you receive?
We receive approximately 400 applications and admit around 100. The entering class is usually between 15-25.
Do you offer financial aid?
Yes, we offer fellowships and teaching assistantships on a competitive basis.
What about GRE and TOEFL scores?
We require the GRE General test. GRE scores are valid for three years. An official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) are required of non-native speakers of English. The minimum TOEFL score is 213 (computer version) and 550 (paper version), 83 (IBT). The completion of a Master’s Degree in the United States is not grounds for waiving test results. To be eligible for financial aid, you must have a TOEFL score of 250 (computer version), 600 (paper version) or
Does the Department require an official transcript? If so where do I send my application materials?
All admission materials need to be uploaded with your application. An unofficial transcript is acceptable, however the Department does require official transcripts once you receive acceptance to the program. Please mail all documents including official transcripts to the Admissions office for processing. The Admissions contact information is below:Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
18 Bishop Place
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8530 U.S.A.
732-932-7711 | Use our contact form | Get directions
When does the admissions committee make decisions?
The committee meets in February and you will be notified of your status concerning admission and financial sometime in March. . You may also check your status on the Graduate Admissions website.
How many credits do I need to complete the program?
The Master’s program can be completed by fulfilling 30 credits and choosing one of two options: either by passing the Micro and Macroeconomic qualifying examinations or writing a Master’s essay. Doctoral students complete 48 course credits, 24 research credits, the qualifying examinations in micro and macroeconomic theory, 2 field examinations, a second year research paper, a dissertation proposal and a Ph.D.dissertation.
How long does it take students to complete the degree?
An average of 2 years for the Master’s; 5 years for the Ph.D.
Can I transfer credits?
Applications for transfer of credit must be approved by the graduate director. No core courses may be transferred.
Do you accept non-degree students?
At the current time, Rutgers University is accepting only PhD applications for its graduate program.
Who is the person to contact if I have a question?