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Prospective Students

Who should apply?

Prospective students are expected to provide evidence of strong interest in the fields of International Economics and Development Economics. Candidates should have had previous training in economics equivalent to an undergraduate major in economics, or an exceptionally strong background in quantitative methods. Students entering the program are expected to have adequate preparation in mathematics and economic analysis. Some students will be required to complete summer courses in mathematics and English prior to beginning the program. Successful candidates demonstrate in their personal statement both how they would benefit from the program and excel as well as what unique perspective they bring to the program. Applicants are also required to submit several informative letters of reference. To earn the Masters degree, students must satisfactorily complete a program of eight graduate courses. The five core courses and three elective courses are expected to be completed in one year of study.


Generally, students come to the IDE program with sponsorship from their employer or from their government, or by securing loans from either banking institutions or from their family. International applicants may apply for the Yale International Loan or any loan of their choice.  For information, contact the Graduate School Financial Aid Office at or 203-432-2739.

Beginning with the 2022-23 application cycle, EGC has sponsored a Sub-Saharan African Student Scholarship.

Many governments have regular fellowship programs for graduate training of public officials. Alternatively, candidates for admission may be eligible for support from the World Bank, Fulbright, the Ford Foundation, the US Agency for International Development, the Asia Foundation, or a number of other foundations. Yale’s Graduate School website gives a list of online databases for fellowships and grants. These databases provide direct access to several hundred grant and fellowship opportunities around the world. Another helpful website is Council of Graduate Schools; this site gives a list of graduate fellowship opportunities for those entering graduate programs.

The cost of tuition for 2022-23 is $47,900 and tuition increases yearly by approximately 4%. Yearly living expenses for New Haven are approximately $28,130 per single student.

Graduate School

Applicants are considered by both the IDE program and by the Graduate School. All Graduate School Policies apply to IDE prospective students. Please visit the Graduate School Website for the most up to date information on the required application materials as well deadlines.