The Department of Economics

Graduate Assistantship Information


The Department awards approximately 12 graduate assistantships to qualified students. Assistantships are typically awarded for the entire length of the graduate program subject to successful progress.  Graduate assistantships provide a stipend and the current tuition amount at UA.  The department also awards a limited number of tuition waiver scholarships.

The Economics Department deadline is February 15 for you to be considered for the fall semester assistantship awards. Notification of admissions and assistantships awards are sent around March 15. Sometimes there are limited assistantships offered for the spring semester. The deadline for these spring semester awards is October 15.

Graduate Assistantships Requirements:

All Applications (Domestic and International Students): A complete application for a graduate assistantship requires

  • A completed Application for the Graduate School
  • A completed Application for Graduate Assistantships
  • Minimum of 2.75 cumulative GPA from an accredited university or college.  The preferred applicant will have at least a 3.3 average in economics and mathematics
  • Official transcripts and undergraduate degree certificates to be submitted to Graduate School
  • A non-refundable application fee submitted to Graduate School
  • A minimum of three letters of recommendation, preferably from professors or researchers who are qualified to comment on the applicant's academic strengths and weaknesses submitted to the Department of Economics (recommendation form)

International Student Applications:  In addition to the requirements mentioned above, international students should:

  • Submit a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (213 computer based). Go to the International Graduate Admissions page and click on the link for English Language Proficiency Requirements for specific information.
  • Submit Graduate Record examination (GRE) scores
  • Have the original official transcripts accompanied by exact certified English translations
  • Apply at least six (6) months in advance of the intended date of enrollment (highly recommended)

 Further information specific to international students is available at the Office of International Programs website.