If you are from a social science background or are interested in this field of study, the list given below will help you choose your destination for higher studies. This article is based on the recently released QS World University Rankings by Subjects 2021, which features 500 top higher education institutions to study social science. This Ranking by Subject is based on four indicators: academic reputation, employer reputation, research citations per paper, and the H-index (a way of measuring the productivity and published work of a scientist or scholar).


Here is the list of the best economics schools globally.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Acceptance rate: 12.6%

Admission deadline: 15 September – 15 December 

Provided scholarship(s):

  • NSF fellowship, Armen Avanessians (1981) Fellowship, 
  • The Castle Krob Fellowship, the Castle Krob International Fellowship, 
  • Full-time teaching or research assistantships.

Prerequisites for admission: For the graduate program in this current application cycle, 2021-22, the department is waiving the GRE requirement. Original score reports must be submitted, in addition to the unofficial pdf copy uploaded in the application. Here you can find other information regarding the graduate program. For the undergraduate program find the necessary information here.  

QS world ranking: 6

Harvard University

Acceptance rate: 5.3%

Admission deadline: 19 July

Provided scholarship(s): Scholarship funds can come from both inside and outside Harvard. Inside funds come from a variety of sources, including Harvard endowment funds, gifts from alumni, general tuition revenues, and federal and state grants. As in outside funds, you may receive scholarship funds from secondary schools, civic organizations, your potential employers, corporations, the National Merit Scholarship Programs, the G.I. Bill, and the ROTC. For more information click here. 

Prerequisites for admission: You can find all the information here.

QS world ranking: 1

University of California, Berkeley (UCB)

Acceptance rate: 16%

Admission deadline: 1 June- 30 June

Provided scholarship(s): Financial support is available to graduate students in the form of fellowships, research assistantships, and teaching assistantships. Find more about scholarships here.  

Prerequisites for admission: You can find all the information here

QS world ranking: 7

London School of Economics and Political Science

 Acceptance rate: 7%

Admission deadline: September 2021

Provided scholarship(s): LSE provides generous fundings to the students, here you will find everything you need to know. International students can find all the related scholarships here.

Prerequisites for admission: You can find entry requirements here

QS world ranking: 2

International Relations

International Relations (IR) is a trendy discipline among students. To keep up with students’ interests, universities and colleges improve and add new IR courses all the time. Here is the list:

Princeton University

Acceptance rate: 5.8%

Admission deadline: Not mentioned

Provided scholarship(s): The Princeton School of Public and International Affairs’ generous financial support enables students to earn their degrees without incurring tuition debt. Find all the related information here.

Prerequisites for admission: SAT is a must for all undergraduate applicants. Find all the details about the application process here. International students can find out about the prerequisites here.

QS world ranking: 15

Stanford University

Acceptance rate: 4.3%

Admission deadline: October 2021

Provided scholarship(s): Find out about every scholarship opportunity given by Stanford University here. Scholarship opportunities for international students can be found here.  

Prerequisites for admission: Core requirements are explained here

QS world ranking: 3

University of Oxford

Acceptance rate: 17.5%

Admission deadline: 15 October 2021(UCAS application)

Prerequisites for admission: The department’s graduate courses include master’s degrees and three- to four-year doctoral research degrees .

QS world ranking: 3

University of Cambridge

Acceptance rate: 21%

Admission deadline: 15 October 2021(UCAS application)

Provided scholarship(s): You can find all the related information about fees and funds on this website.

Prerequisites for admission: 

  • Minimum GPA of 3.85; 1st from UK university (or equivalent); 
  • for those whose 1st language is not English and who have not previously studied for a degree in an English language university, evidence of proficiency in English: an IELTS score of 7.5 (with a minimum of 7.0 in each individual component). For undergraduate requirements visit this website

QS world ranking: 5

Starting to research early will help you get familiarized with the application process. Before applying, make sure that you know every information surrounding the department you want to apply in. Pursue the university that appeals to you the most. Pick out your top choices so that the admission process doesn’t feel overwhelming.

Good Luck!