- You must have a four-year Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher learning. Your major or discipline does not matter.
- Minimum background in economics, including an elementary microeconomics course and an introductory statistics course, is required. Equivalent work experience will also be considered. Please contact our Program Coordinator if you have any questions.
- You may not be enrolled in other UW-Madison graduate coursework or programs concurrently with REDA.
- You may not receive tuition remission from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. No TA-, RA-, or PA-ships from the University of Wisconsin are allowed.
- If you are a non-native English speaker, you must take the TOEFL (minimum score of 92), the MELAB (minimum score of 82), or IELTS (minimum score of 7.0) exam. This requirement is waived for students who have studied for at least 2 semesters in the US or if English was the language of instruction for their undergraduate degree. For score reporting, use the UW-Madison institution code of 1846.
- If you are an international applicant, you are required to have adequate financial resources to cover expenses for the duration of your studies at UW-Madison. You will only be asked to prove these resources after you are admitted.
- Statement of purpose (save as PDF)
Tell us about your background, career aspirations, and reason for applying to our program.
Looking for guidance on what to write? Download our template (optional).
Resume (save as PDF)
Include work experience, education, programming skills, and other pertinent information.
Unofficial transcripts (save as PDF)
From any previously completed undergraduate and graduate degrees. Unofficial (e.g., scanned or downloaded) transcripts are fine at this point. Only after you’re accepted into the program will the Grad School require official copies.
Contact information for 2-3 professional or academic references
You need the following information for each contact: name, mailing address, email, and phone number. Your contacts will receive an email from the Grad School asking for a digital letter.
For score reporting, use the UW-Madison institution code of 1846.
Scholarship application (optional)
REDA offers partial funding to exceptional applicants to help offset tuition costs. Please complete and submit the online scholarship application by January 15 to be considered for a REDA scholarship.
- If you are a Wisconsin or Minnesota resident and wish to claim residency, please review the residency guidelines.
- Application fee
Please have a Visa/Mastercard credit or debit card ready to pay the application fee.
This part is really straightforward. If you’ve prepared everything listed above, the application itself will only take about 10 minutes. Click here to get started.
Pro tip: Be sure to select "Summer" for the application term.
We look forward to reviewing your application. If you:
- Have questions about what happens next in the application process,
- Want more information about the REDA program, or
- Just want to keep in touch while you wait
Contact our Program Coordinator. We are happy to answer any questions you may have.
Official paper copies of all transcripts should be mailed to:
Admissions Committee – REDA
Ag & Applied Econ, UW-Madison
427 Lorch St.
Madison, WI 53706
International academic records must be in the original language accompanied by an official English translation. Documents must be issued by the school Registrar.