Standardized Test FAQ
What is the University of Maryland's institutional code, for GRE and TOEFL?
Our institutional code is 5814.
Do you require GRE (Graduate Record Examination) scores from all applicants? How long are my GRE scores valid?
Yes, we require GRE scores from all applicants. GRE scores are valid for 5 years. Our Economics Department requires that your GRE scores are valid up until our application deadline of January 15. We do not accept the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT).
Applicants are strongly encouraged to include a photocopy of their GRE scores with the application materials. Do not assume that your GRE scores will be reported to the University in a timely manner simply because you have taken the test. The Admissions Committee will not review your file without the GRE scores.
Is there a minimum GRE score or GPA requirement for admission to the PhD program in Economics?
The Graduate School requires a minimum grade point of the equivalent of a "B" average. The Economics Department has no specific GPA cutoff above this, but in general, the department standards are well above a "B" average, particularly in economics and mathematics courses. We generally do not compute average GPA scores for admitted or incoming students because it is difficult to construct GPA equivalents in many cases. There is no minimum GRE requirement, but most of our admitted students have very high GRE scores, particularly on the quantitative section.
Does the Graduate School maintain minimum GRE and/or TOEFL score requirements?
The Graduate School does not set minimum GRE requirements; each graduate program sets their own standards for GRE scores.
I am an international student. Am I required to submit TOEFL scores and is there a minimum score that I must receive in order to be considered for admission? Yes, you must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores and satisfy certain minimum scores for unconditional or provisional admission. Please note that you must satisfy the requirements in speaking, listening, reading and writing http://www.international.umd.edu/sparkplug/common/images/ies/EnglishTestRequirements2009.pdf If you do not meet the TOEFL or IELTS requirements for provisional admission, then the Economics Department will not be able to evaluate your application for admission.
If you are offered provisional admission to the University, you will be required to take an English proficiency examination during orientation.
The TOEFL test is a mandatory and non-negotiable application requirement for students whose native language is not English. Waivers are only permitted if the student will obtain a degree from an institution in an English-speaking country ( i.e. The United Kingdom, English-speaking Africa, Canada and the Caribbean, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand etc.), prior to entering the Ph.D. program in Economics.
All applicants must comply by this policy regardless of citizenship status, number of years residing in the United States, and language of instruction of his or her university.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to include a photocopy of their TOEFL report with the application materials. Do not assume that your TOEFL scores will be reported to the University in a timely manner simply because you have taken the test. The Admissions Committee will not review your file without the TOEFL scores. Contact www.toefl.org to request an official copy of your test scores to be sent to the University of Maryland at College Park - institutional code 5814.
Please refer to the University rules regarding English proficiency for international students: http://www.international.umd.edu/sparkplug/common/images/ies/EnglishTestRequirements2009.pdf
How long are my TOEFL scores valid?
TOEFL scores are valid for two years. However, if an applicant requests ETS to send the TOEFL score to our University before the TOEFL expires, it should not be a problem. The applicant should call ETS and request that a score report be sent to our institution code 5814. ETS only keeps TOEFL scores on file for two years, so once the two year deadline passes, the applicant will no longer be able to request a score from ETS.