MSc admissions FAQs

Information about the application and admission process to the MSc programmes.

The information below is due to be amended for 2020 entry.  Please check back periodically for updates.

Applications are processed through the Graduate Admissions Office.

All applicants are advised to read the LSE 2019 Graduate Prospectus and also see Available programmes 2019/20.

For entry in 2019

What are the entry requirements?

Entry requirements are outlined in the Graduate Prospectus at the Available Programmes page. You should consult both the general LSE Minimum Entry Requirements for graduate study at LSE and the programme-specific minimum prerequisites for the particular programme you are interested in:

Am I eligible to apply? 

Candidates who have questions about their eligibility should consult the Graduate Prospectus via the Available Programmes page. See also LSE Minimum Entry Requirements. We regret that we cannot provide any further information prior to receiving a complete formal application which should be submitted to the LSE Graduate Admissions Office

How do I apply? 

We have a formal application process, which is administered by the LSE Graduate Admissions Office. Applicants must submit a complete formal application to the Graduate Admissions Office. You will find the online application form and links to all the information needed to submit an application on the Prospective Students page. See also How To Apply and Supporting Documents.

Where can I get help with the application process?

Questions about the mechanics of the application process should be submitted to the LSE central Graduate Admissions Office (rather than to the department).

The Graduate Admissions website and admissions enquiries system are the quickest ways to find answers to any questions you may have. Please explore the site before contacting Graduate Admissions.

Please check Graduate Admissions’ tailored guidance for
Application submitted / completed / awaiting a decision.

The How Do I page provides direct links to many useful information sources, forms and instructions for how to carry out the most common tasks online. 

If your question cannot be answered by reference to online resources, please get in touch with the Graduate Admissions Office. To email Graduate Admissions you must first try to find the answer to your question by running a search on the Admissions Enquiries page. You will then be offered the option 'To send a written enquiry' to Graduate Admissions direct.

When should I submit my application? 

The application process for August/September 2019 entry opens on 8 October 2018, when the application form goes live on the Graduate Admissions Office web site. MSc applications are considered on a rolling basis until the programme becomes full. Once a programme becomes full, it closes. Candidates are therefore advised to submit their applications as soon as possible. See When to Apply / Deadlines. You can check the availability of programmes by visiting the Graduate Admissions Available Programmes webpage.

What should my application include?

  • A completed application form
  • Statement of academic purpose
  • The appropriate application fee
  • Transcripts
  • A list of all the courses you are taking or will be taking this academic year under your current degree programme
  • Two academic references
  • CV
  • GRE scores (see advice below)
  • Evidence of your command of English, if required. See English language requirements

For a full explanation of what you need to supply, see Supporting Documents.

Do I need a GRE (Graduate Record Examination)? 

See the prospectus entry for the particular programme: 

Note that each programme has its own particular requirements.

MSc in Economics (L1U1)
Applicants who have first (undergraduate) degrees in economics studied at UK universities are not required to submit GRE scores.

We will agree to exempt from the GRE requirement:

  • Applicants with an undergraduate joint economics degree (with a substantial element of economics and quantitative subjects) studied at a UK university.
  • Applicants who have completed a postgraduate diploma in economics at a UK university and provide final transcripts and a full reference from their Diploma teachers.  

MSc Economics (L1U2 - 2-year)
GRE scores are required from all applicants, including graduates of UK universities.

MSc Econometrics and Mathematical Economics (L1UB - 1-year)
All applicants who do not have an undergraduate degree studied at a UK university are required to submit GRE scores with their application.

What else can you tell me about the GRE?

  • Your test scores should be less than five years old on 1 October 2019. 
  • MSc Economics (1-year and 2-year programme): we typically expect candidates to score at least
    161/770 in the quantitative section of the test.
  • MSc Econometrics & Mathematical Economics: we typically expect candidates to score over 163/780 in the quantitative section of the test.
  • A higher score will count in your favour, but other information, such as examination results and references will also matter in the overall evaluation. We recognise that if your first language is not English, the verbal test will be more demanding and we view your score on that basis.
  • For details of how to take the test, see the ETS website. The GRE has three sections: Verbal, Quantitative, Analytical. You should include your test scores in the relevant section of the application form, stating the full and percentile scores obtained for all three sections of the test. You should also arrange for ETS to send official scores to the Graduate Admissions Office. See Supporting Documents.
  • You are unlikely to score well if you take the test without preparing for it. It is advisable to familiarise yourself with the format of the test and the type of questions it asks, and practise answering sample GRE test questions within the time allowed before you take the test. See the section on test preparation on the GRE website

How can I check on the progress of my application? 

How will I get the final decision on my application? 

The Graduate Admissions Office will write to you. Any decision will be visible in your LSE for You application tracker as soon as it is made. However, a decision is authoritative and official only if it has been sent in writing from the Graduate Admissions Office. See The Admissions Process.

What does it cost to study at LSE? 

For tuition fees, see the prospectus programme pages:

And Table of Fees

Also check into Living Costs and Accommodation. See also Student Life at LSE.

Can I get funding? 

All funding for MSc students is administered centrally by the LSE Financial Support Office (check regularly for 2019 information updates). See also the Fees and Funding page. You will be able to submit your application for the Graduate Support Scheme via your LSE for You application tracker.

How do I apply for accommodation?

Visit the Accommodation office web pages for information on types and availability of accommodation and how to apply for a place in LSE halls of residence.

Information for international students

Further information and advice

If you have a query about our MSc programmes that is not addressed above, or on
the departmental website, contact the Economics Department admissions team. Please note that we are not able to reply to questions that constitute a request for an informal assessment.

Candidates who have questions about their eligibility should consult the LSE Minimum Entry Requirements as well as the programme-specific Entry Requirements

Questions about the application process and the mechanics of submitting an application/ documents/information should be addressed to the Graduate Admissions office. See how to contact Graduate Admissions.

To search for information, go to the Admissions Enquiries page. 

For remaining questions please contact the Graduate Admissions Office. To email Graduate Admissions you must first try to find the answer to your question by running a search on the Admissions Enquiries page. You will then be offered the option 'To send a written enquiry' to Graduate Admissions direct.