Instructions for Graduate Division Online Application

Graduate Application deadline: 8:59 PM (PST) December 4, 2017
Graduate Admissions Online Application

Hardcopies of the Graduate Admissions Application will not be accepted. The application and all supporting documents, i.e., 3 letters of recommendation, GRE Scores, and TOEFL or ILETS scores (if applicable) MUST be submitted via the online Graduate Admissions Application.

The online application and supporting documentation are due Monday, December 4th and will not be accepted after the deadline for any reason.

Late and incomplete applications will not be considered after the December 4, 2017 deadline.

Required Supporting Documents:

  1. Unofficial and Official Transcripts
  2. 3 Letters of Recommendation
  3. GRE Scores
  4. TOEFL or IELTS Scores (if applicable)

All supporting documents must be uploaded to your Graduate Application file. DO NOT mail in your documents, we will not print any supporting documents for your application file.

Optional Supporting Documents:

  1. CV/Resume and Writing Sample (Optional)

Key Areas to Note for the Graduate Admission Online Application

It is required that you list your cumulative GPA, all coursework after the first two years, major GPA , and graduate GPA (if applicable). International students with a different grading system should not try to convert their grades into U.S. standard grades.  Please leave this area blank if this applies to you.

  1. For Areas of Emphasis 1 and Areas of Emphasis 2 YOU MUST list two fields that you are interested in pursuing from the list of available fields on the Year 2 page.
  2. The Department does not require you to list faculty you have contacted or expect to contact concerning your application for admission and, in fact, discourages prospective students from contacting faculty prior to being admitted. 
  3. The online application requires that you list two faculty members in the department whose research is of particular interest to you. This information is considered preliminary as it is helpful for the department to know in advance; it is expected that one's research interest will change and refine over time. 
  4. Please make sure to list all of your current and/or pending financial resources, i.e., external fellowships, grants, loans and personal savings.
  5. Students applying to the Ph.D. program in Economics are typically not eligible for Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships.
  6. The Statement of Purpose and Personal History Statement should be no longer than 3 pages, double spaced each.  For information you consider to be special circumstances, such as illness, personal hardships, parent's status, etc. please write this in your Personal History Statement. Resources for writing the Statement of Purpose and Personal History statement can be found on the UC Berkeley Graduate Division website.  

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Unofficial and Official Transcripts

Unofficial Transcripts are accepted and uploaded online ONLY for graduate application process and review.

All unofficial copies transcripts for domestic and international applicants must be uploaded onto your online application. All transcripts should show courses, grades, and dates the courses were taken.

International applicants with a different grading system should not try to convert their grades into US standard grades.

Official Transcripts are required ONLY if an applicant accepts an offer of admission.

An applicant who is recommended for admission AND accepts the offer of admission must submit official transcripts.

International applicants who accept the offer of admission must submit official transcripts, degree certificates, diplomas, etc. in the original language accompanied by a translation. We accept translations from proper school officials and from government and/or official translators. The translator's statement must be prepared on the letterhead of the translator's institution and must state "This is a complete and exact word-for-word translation of the original." Every page must be signed in ink with the translator's title and, if possible, the seal or stamp of their institution. Stamps and signatures must be originals.

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Letters of Recommendation

We require only three (3) letters of recommendation from professors who know your academic history. Letters from non-academic sources (e.g., employers) may be submitted.

Please request that your letter writers complete and submit your letters of recommendation via the online Graduate Application system by the December 4, 2017 deadline.

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GRE Test Scores

All applicants must enter General GRE test scores on the online application and have an official score report sent to the department so that it ARRIVES BY the application deadline - December 1, 2017. The GRE requirement cannot be waived. We do not require or accept GRE subject tests. The GRE may not be substituted with the GMAT. Tests should be taken in October, but no later than November. Applicants with scores at or below 163 on the Quantitative portion of the GRE should retake the test. Scores from tests taken before October 2013 are no longer valid. If you took the GRE between October 2013 and the time of application, you need to order the reports to be sent to the department. Make sure that the institution and department codes are correct when ordering reports to be sent. If you have taken the GRE more than once, make sure that you enter the correct registration number for the score you would like to be reported on your application - you receive a new registration number every time you take the exam. The registration number is crucial to making sure your official score report is appropriately matched to your online application. If your GRE score is not properly matched to your application, it may appear as though your application is incomplete.

****Official score reports are required and must be received by the department by the application deadline. Official scores cannot be substituted with self-reported scores.****  

The institution code for UC Berkeley is 4833.

The Department of Economics code is 1801.

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TOEFL/IELTS Test Scores

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

All applicants from countries in which the official language is not English are required to submit official evidence of English language proficiency. This requirement applies to applicants from Bangladesh, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Latin America, the Middle East, and Israel, the People's Republic of China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, most European countries, and non-English-speaking countries in Africa.

You do not have to take the test if you received a basic or advanced degree from a recognized U.S. institution, or if at the time of application you have completed one full year of academic coursework in residence at a U.S. university with grades of B or better. Instead, you must upload a copy of your transcript from the U.S. university, which will trigger the TOEFL/IELTS waiver. 

Applicants may also be exempt from the English language proficiency requirement (TOEFL or IELTS) if they:
  • Have a basic degree from a recognized institution in a country where the official language is English.
  • Have completed a basic or advanced degree at an institution, in the United States or abroad, where the language of instruction is English and the institution is accredited by one of the United States regional accrediting* agencies.
  • Have completed at least one year of full-time academic course work with a grade B or better at a regionally accredited* institution within the United States.
* Regionally accredited college or university means an institution of higher education accredited by one of the following regional accreditation associations in the United States:
  1. Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  2. New England Association of Schools and Colleges
  3. North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  4. Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges
  5. Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  6. Western Association of Schools and Colleges

There are two standardized tests you may take: the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), and the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

You must upload or enter your most recent score onto your online application. For purposes of admission, your most recent score must be at least 90 for the Internet-based test (iBT). If your score is below these scores you must retake the TOEFL. The Graduate Division makes no exception to this policy. The TOEFL cannot be substituted with the TSE or English courses.

For Fall 2018, tests taken before June 1, 2016 will not be accepted even if your score was reported to Berkeley.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

As an exception, you can submit scores from the Academic Modules of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), which is jointly managed by the British Council, IDP:IELTS Australia, and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations.You are responsible for providing us with an official Test Report Form (TRF) of your IELTS. Remember to order the TRF when you register to take the test.

For Fall 2018, tests taken before June 1, 2016 will not be accepted by Graduate Admissions. Your most recent overall Band score must be at least 7 on a 9-point scale.

To register for the IELTS, consult the IELTS website to locate the office of the test center where you plan to take the test.

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CV/Resume and Writing Sample

CV/resumes and/or a writing sample are NOT required and are optional for your application. If you would like to submit optional materials, please upload your CV/resumes and/or a writing sample onto your online application in PDF format. CV/resume and/or a writing sample WILL NOT be accepted via email or the mail.

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