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MA admission requirements

Admission to the MA program in economics is in September and is open to students who have:

  • Honours bachelor's degree
  • Applicants must have strong preparation in economics and in the mathematical tools needed to be successful in the program, including the following university-level courses.
    • advanced microeconomics
    • advanced macroeconomics
    • advanced econometrics
    • mathematical economics; as an equivalent two terms of calculus and one term of linear algebra
  • Two academic letters of reference  
  • Proof of competency in English (if applicable).

For students educated abroad, see admission guide for international applicants for further details.

How to apply

Waterloo uses an electronic application process. We do not require any paper application documents to be mailed to us. To apply, complete an online application and then upload the required documents for your program. Our application deadline is February 1.

PhD admission requirements

Admission to the PhD program in economics is in September and is open to students who have:

  • Master's degree in Economics
  • Minimum A- (80%, first class) average in MA Economics degree
  • Three academic letters of reference
  • A one-page statement of Academic Interest
  • Proof of competency in English (if applicable).

For students educated abroad, see admission guide for international applicants for further details.

How to apply

Waterloo uses an electronic application process. We do not require any paper application documents to be mailed to us. To apply, complete an online application and then upload the required documents for your program. Our application deadline is February 1.