Steps to Apply

The Fall 2022 application is NOW OPEN!

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.

The M.A. and M.S. offer admission to international students AND US residents.

1. Complete your application online
Create an account to start a new application
Once your student portal is created, you will be able to upload the required documents.
When you are ready, pay the application fee (65 USD) and submit it for consideration.

We offer application fee waivers!
Attend an information session/webinar, schedule an interview or visit the Levy Economics Institute.
Email for more details.

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
In order to expedite the admission process, we accept unofficial transcripts and applicants are encouraged to submit directly by email.
However, if you're offered admission an official transcript is required for enrollment . 

Both, the official and unofficial transcript, contain the same information about a student's academic record:  classes, grades and credits.
Unofficial transcripts are printed on plain paper and cannot be used to confirm education or other credential verification.
Official transcripts are printed on special watermarked paper and contain the college seal, the Registrar’s signature and the date it was issued.
Official transcripts are legal documents mailed in a sealed envelope and therefore cannot be faxed or emailed. Paper copies should remain in the unopened, sealed envelope and mailed to :
       Levy Economics Institute of Bard College
       Graduate Programs in Economic Theory and Policy 
       PO BOX 5000
       Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504
Some institutions now offer the option of official electronic transcripts (e-transcripts). The content of the official transcript is converted into a PDF document and delivered by an authorized delivery agent selected by the issuing institution. We consider this the most secure, and the quickest method to deliver an official transcript. Please submit official e-transcripts to: 
5. Submit two letters of recommendation (at least one must be academic).
Your recommenders will be able to submit their letter directly online.

6.  Standarized test scores are not required for applicants to the programs. 

7. English proficiency International students from certain countries are required to demonstrate English language proficiency as part of the student visa application process.
Please contact your local US consulate or embassy to find out Visa requirements. If English proficiency proof is required, iTEP IVP offers an online test: 

Applicants that have spent the majority of their secondary education in an English-medium program are eligible for a waiver of the language requirement.
They are also strongly encouraged to submit a writing sample.
Please email :

8. 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.