Test Scores

Are GRE scores required?

For the 2020-2021 application cycle the Ph.D. program in Economics does not require GRE scores. If applicants choose to submit GRE scores, the admissions committee will evaluate them as part of its holistic review of application materials

Do you require official test scores?

Official scores are now submitted to the department electronically by ETS; however, you should self-report your scores on the online application for informational purposes. GRE scores are acceptable for five years after the test date.

Are there any minimum test scores?

There are no minimum scores for the GRE, though most students who have been admitted to our program have achieved scores at or above the 85th percentile in all three parts of the GRE (verbal, quantitative, analytical).

The University of Pittsburgh requires a minimum TOEFL score of 90 or higher on the internet-based test. Within the department, we generally look for TOEFL scores above 90 on the internet-based test.

Do you accept results of English tests other than the TOEFL?

Yes. Applicants might submit an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score or a Duolingo English Test score. We look for an overall IELTS score of 7 or higher and a Duoling score of at least 110.

What are the institutional / department codes for submitting GRE/TOEFL scores to the University of Pittsburgh?

GRE: the Institutional code for the University of Pittsburgh is 2927; the department code for Economics is 1801.

TOEFL: the institutional code for the University of Pittsburgh is 2927; the department code for Economics is 84.