So Ya Wanna Go to Grad School (ppt)  

A ppt presentation by Professor Phil Curry, Associate Chair, Graduate Studies, about making the decision to go to grad school.

Note to International Students

“Due to funding restrictions, the Faculty of Arts is currently limiting the number of international students we can admit. We receive an average of 180 international Master’s applications and 33 international PhD applications each year, and admit approximately 10 international Master’s students and 1 international PhD student. Please contact the department's Associate Chair, Graduate Studies prior to applying to discuss your interest in this program.”

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).
    • The Department of Economics does not consider international applications whose English language proficiency scores fall below the minimum requirements.

​​​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)
    • The Department of Economics does not consider international applications whose English language proficiency scores fall below the minimum requirements.

For students educated abroad, see our international equivalencies by location, degree and GPA.

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.