Steps to Apply

The application for Fall 2019 will open soon

Applicants are recommended to have completed 300 level courses in economic theory, and have a solid understanding of statistics, econometrics and knowledge of multivariate calculus. We welcome applications from students who have not completed the recommended courses, as long as they intend to take them before the start of the program or are able to demonstrate the required level of knowledge through other means, such as research or work experience.

1. Complete the online application
Once you start an application, your student portal will be created and you will be able to upload the required documents.
Email with any questions.

2. Write a statement of purpose
Tell us about your professional and/or educational interests in relation to an economic policy issue and how you feel graduate school will help you achieve them. This is your opportunity to show us how you think and write, a reflection of your personality and intellect, and one of the best ways for you to distinguish yourself.

3. Upload your CV

4. Submit your transcripts
Submit your unofficial transcripts electronically through your student portal.
Official transcripts are also required and can be submitted electronically by the issuing institution to or mailed to:
       Levy Economics Institute of Bard College
       Graduate Programs in Economic Theory and Policy 
       PO BOX 5000
       Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504
5. Submit two letters of recommendation (at least one must be academic).
Your recommenders will be able to submit their letter directly online.

6. Submit GRE and TOEFL/IELTS scores
Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
Applicants with GPA 3.3/4.0 or more do not need to send GRE scores.
       Use Bard College school code: 2037

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
These tests are required for students for whom English is not their first language or the language of instruction. International students are required to demonstrate English language proficiency as part of the student visa application process.
       Use Bard College school code: 2037

International students who have spent the majority of their secondary education in an English-medium program may be eligible for a waiver of the language testing requirement.

7. Option to submit a writing sample
Our admissions committee will consider all of your documents, but a writing sample allows you to express your interests and readiness for our program.