FAQ

  • International PhD applicants - we will not be accepting any more PhD applications from international students for 2021-2022
  • International MA applicants - we receive an average of 180 international Master’s applications each year, and admit approximately 10 international students
  • GRE test score - is not required but is recommended for students who have graduated from institutions outside of Canada or the US and are      applying to our PhD program 
  • 2+2 students - we do not require an English Language Proficiency test score, if you are graduating from a 2+2 program   
  • Apply to only ONE MA program - either Regular OR Co-op. Do not apply separately to both programs by paying the application fee twice. There is no advantage applying to both programs. We conser all MA applications to the regular and co-op programs together. If you decide you want to switch from one to the other, we can easily do this for you after you have been accepted
  • Complete the online application, before the February 1 deadline. We only admit for September each year.

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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).
    • 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.