The MQE Program is accepting applications through the University of Pittsburgh Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, Graduate Studies, ApplyYourself Application Network. The application deadline for the 2021-2022 MQE Program is March 15, 2021. 

Please refer to the MQE Online Application Instructions and Pitt's Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, Graduate School website for information about application procedures and requirements. 

Prior to submitting a formal application, you are welcome to reach out to the MQE Program Director with any questions at

An application must include:

  1. Completed application submitted online
  2. Transcripts - demonstrated mastery in Calculus I and a basic understanding of Economics with a cumulative 3.0 GPA or above
  3. Two letters of recommendation
  4. Personal statement of 500 words or less addressing your intellectual and professional goals
  5. Language proficiency: TOEFL, IELTS, or the Duolingo English Test
  6. $75 application fee (waived for Pitt students and alumni)
  7. GRE or GMAT scores are optional

All applicants are responsible for checking their application status by logging into the online application system. Any questions regarding the status of an application should be addressed to the MQE Program Director. We are happy to work with you during the application process.

Application Guidelines - Please carefully read the MQE Online Application Instructions.

Completed application, submitted on-line through the ApplyYourself Application Network.

Transcripts: Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from a recognized college or university, or have completed an equivalent level of education that the University of Pittsburgh deems comparable to a bachelor’s degree. Applicants must have demonstrated mastery in Calculus I and a basic understanding of Economics with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA in the total undergraduate program. Applicants who are in the process of earning a degree should submit a current transcript at the time they apply. The unofficial copy of transcripts will suffice for the application review process. Once an applicant is admitted to the program, an official copy of the transcript will be requested. A notarized English translation is required if transcripts are in a language other than English.  

Two letters of recommendation must be submitted on-line. Letters should be written on letterhead stationery and signed by the recommender. Applications can be submitted prior to receipt of letters. 

Personal statement: 500 words or less addressing your intellectual and professional goals.

Language proficiency: International applicants must submit test scores in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score (required of applicants whose official native language is not English even if English was the medium of instruction in the foreign schools attended by the applicant) or the Duolingo English Test. The required TOEFL score is 90 (with a minimum of 22 in each section), the required IELTS score is 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 in all sections), or the required Duolingo English Test score is 110 or higher. Applicants who have completed or are about to complete a bachelor’s degree or graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States are exempt from submission of the TOEFL or IELTS. Exemptions on a case-by-case basis are possible for applicants who hold a degree or are currently enrolled in an institution in which the only language of instruction is English. When requesting that TOEFL scores be sent to the University of Pittsburgh use code 2927. 

A $75 application fee: payable online with a credit card or by check or money order payable to the University of Pittsburgh. Applicants who indicate they are paying by check and do not submit the application fee will not be considered for admission. This fee is waived for Pitt students and alumni.

The following materials are optional:

  • Standardized Tests Scores like GRE or GMAT are not necessary, but they can be submitted as part of an application.
  • Evidence of particularly applicable undergraduate coursework can be useful but is not mandatory. 

Questions? Contact the MQE Program Director. We are happy to work with you during the application process.