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Economics - PhD (Applied Economics - Water) at Waterloo

Program information

Department/School Economics
Faculty Faculty of Arts
Admit term(s)

Fall (September – December)

Application and document submission deadline(s)

February 1 (for admission in September)

Delivery mode On-campus
Program type Collaborative, Doctoral, Research
Length of program 48 months
Registration option(s) Full-time
Study option(s) Thesis

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Due to funding restrictions, we are unfortunately unable to admit any international PhD students at this time. This may be subject to change. Please contact the department's Associate Chair, Graduate Studies, Phil Curry ( to inquire if any international PhD applications are being accepted.

What does it take to get in?

Minimum admission requirements

  • Master's degree in Economics.
  • Minimum 80%, first class average in Master of Arts (MA) Economics degree.
  • A one-page statement of Academic Interest.
  • A GRE score is not required but is recommended for all international students applying to the program.


  • Review the finding a supervisor resources
  • No supervisor is required to apply to this program; supervisors will be determined in the second year of the program.

Application materials

  • Supplementary information form (SIF)
    • The SIF contains questions specific to your program, typically about why you want to enrol and your experience in that field. Review the application documents web page for more information about this requirement
    • If a statement or letter is required by your program, review the writing your personal statement resources for helpful tips and tricks on completion
  • Writing Sample

  • Transcript(s)

  • References
  • Proof of English language proficiency, if applicable
    • TOEFL 90 (writing 25, speaking 25), IELTS 7.0 (writing 6.5, speaking 6.5)
    • The Department of Economics does not consider international applicants whose English language proficiency scores fall below the minimum requirements

How much will it cost?

What can you expect at Waterloo?

    This program page is effective September 2023; it will be updated annually.  Any changes to the program page following this date will be indicated with a notation. 

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