What can PhD applicants do to improve their chances of admission with funding?
You are more likely to be successful if your interests connect to the strengths of our program, which traditionally have been the economics of the environment, resources, agriculture, and development. While most of our field courses are on these topics, there is a wide array of courses and expertise at Oregon State University for you to draw upon. You can get a sense of our strengths by reviewing faculty research areas and the topics of recent graduates on our placement page.
When we review your application, we look for training in intermediate micro-economic theory (with calculus), other economics courses (including econometrics), and basic preparation in differential calculus, integral calculus, and matrix algebra.
If you have NOT taken the above courses, you can improve your readiness for graduate school by taking these through OSU Ecampus, or at a college or university located near to you, prior to your arrival.