The department requires that you provide
An on-line application form.
Three letters of reference.
Two original copies of all post-secondary transcripts.
Two original copies of your Certificate of Graduation (if your university transcripts do not identify that your degree has been awarded).
Although the University Calendar specifies an application deadline of May 15 (for admission in September), the deadline date for application to the Department of Economics is January 15 .
Applications will be considered for September admission. Due to the sequencing of courses, the Department of Economics will consider January admissions on an individual basis only.
Applications received by the January 15 deadline will be considered for admission with funding in the form of Graduate Teaching Assistantship, Graduate Research Scholarship and Department recommended scholarship.
Only completed applications will be reviewed: the on-line application, supporting documents and application fee must be received as requested.
Upon reaching a decision, the Admissions Committee rank all applicants to the program according to a number of factors, including the student's Academic Achievement, Background Preparation, Reference Letters, and the match between the applicant's stated interests our department's supervisory expertise.
Applications will be ranked on the above factors, and the availability of space in the program.
If you are a Canadian student interested in applying for our masters program, please follow this link and apply for a SSHRC master's scholarship. This application is due by December 1st. These scholarships are extremely prestigious and lucrative. We strongly encourage all eligible applicants to apply. See the Graduate Awards website with the new information and links for the Tri-Council competition.
If you are a Chinese student, please consider applying for a China Scholarship Council scholarship. Information can be found on the FGS Prospective Student page under China Scholarship Council.
To see our GPA requirements, please see this website: GPA Admission Requirement
TOEFL and GRE Requirements
International applicants who have obtained their undergraduate degree from a Canadian University are not required to provide the TOEFL or the GRE.
The TOEFL requirement will be waived if the medium of instruction in the undergraduate program is in English. The minimum total score on the new Internet based TOEFL is 80. The minimum paper based score is 550 and computer based score is 213. The IELTS will be accepted in lieu of TOEFL. The minimum IELTS requirement is 7.0.
Applicants who have obtained their undergraduate degree from a Canadian University are not required to provide GRE scores. We prefer for all other students to provide them, but will consider applications without them. Again, potential applications should be aware that acceptance to the economics MA program is competitive, and that in many cases submission of these test scores will make you more attractive as a candidate for the program. There are no substitutions for the GRE. Applicants should score at least 155 in the Quantitative Section and at least 3.5 in the Analytical Writing Section.
Original copies of the TOEFL and GRE scores be sent directly to this institution. The TOEFL Department Code is 84. And the GRE School Code is 0813 and Department Code is 1801. Test scores for the TOEFL/IELTS and GRE more than two years old will not be accepted.
International students must provide certified copies in English of university transcripts and Certificate of Degree. In addition to these requirements, the Department strongly recommends that you provide a course outline for each of the highest level courses you took in:
Each course outline should include:
Applying for a student visa: If you are planning to enter Canada on a student visa, you should allow as much as three or four months for the processing of your visa application after you have received the official acceptance from the University.
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Applicants must hold or obtain the following minimum qualifications before the Faculty will give consideration to admission:
"A University of Calgary four-year baccalaureate degree or an equivalent degree from a recognized institution. Degrees and grades from foreign institutions are evaluated for their equivalency to those of the University of Calgary."
Acceptance to the graduate programs at the University of Calgary is competitive. Success in meeting our minimum entrance requirements with respect to grade point average or GRE scores does not guarantee admission to the program that you desire.
Once students have been admitted to a graduate program at the University of Calgary, they must maintain a B average to remain in the program.
Offers of admission are valid only for the term to which applications are made. Department of Economics will not grant deferrals of admission. Students unable to take up an offer will be required to submit a new application.
Please refer to Faculty of Graduate Studies' Guide for Newly Admitted Students
For more information, please visit: http://grad.ucalgary.ca/current/newly-admitted
New to Calgary? The University of Calgary is expanding its support to new-to-Calgary university students through the creation of the UCalgary Welcome Centre.
The Welcome Centre is located at:
MacEwan Student Centre 450
Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4
Q: Do I need to submit TOEFL scores in my application?
A: International applicants who have obtained their undergraduate degree from a Canadian University are not required to provide the TOEFL. The TOEFL requirement will be waived, if the medium of instruction in the student’s BA program was English. However, potential applications should be aware that acceptance to the economics MA program is competitive, and that in many cases submission of these test scores may make you more attractive as a candidate for the program.
Q: Do I need to submit GRE scores in my application?
A: Applicants who have obtained their undergraduate or graduate degrees from a Canadian University are not required to provide GRE scores. We prefer for all other students to provide them, but will consider applications without them. Again, potential applications should be aware that acceptance to the economics MA program is competitive, and that in many cases submission of these test scores will make you more attractive as a candidate for the program.
Q: Do I need to contact IELTS and GRE test agencies to send official score report to you? Or do I just need to mail copies of them to you myself?
Regarding test scores please mail them directly to the Faculty of Graduate Studies at:
Faculty of Graduate Studies
MacKimmie Library Tower, Room 213
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Q: Can I apply to the PhD program without an associated MA degree?
A: No. However, students with acceptance to the MA program can apply to switch to the PhD stream following their first two semesters of study.
Q: When is my application due?
A: Your application must be submitted by January 15 to be considered. Please have all of your materials (including test scores, reference letters, and transcripts) to us by then.
Q: Can I use “unofficial” copies of my transcripts and send in the official copies after an offer is made?
A: Yes. Upload copies of your transcripts to the online application and once an offer is made please make arrangements to mail official transcripts to the Department of Economics. If you are an international student and would like to wait until admission decision to send transcripts, please notify the GPA at firstname.lastname@example.org to advise that you are not sending transcripts until after admission decision is done. That way the administrator will know to use your unofficial transcripts to process the application.
If offered admission you must mail two sets of official transcripts from all universities you have attended to:
Department of Economics, SS 454
University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW Calgary
AB Canada T2N 1N4
Q: Is there a difference in application/admissions requirements between the course and thesis based programs?
A: No. The application and admissions requirements are identical for the two programs. All students are treated as course based upon program entry. Those wishing to pursue a thesis based program should plan to discuss this with the graduate program coordinator following acceptance into the program.
Q: How do I check if my application is complete?
A: You can check the status of your application online in your student centre. If you have questions about the status of your sent documents or application, please contact the program directly. For more information please see Faculty of Graduate Studies Prospective student website: http://grad.ucalgary.ca/prospective/admissions/after-you-apply
Q: I don't have an honours degree; can I still apply to the MA Program?
A: Yes, you can. However, we prefer students to have the equivalent of an honours degree in economics. You can take these suggested courses through the University of Calgary Open Studies to bring you up to an equivalent level. As an open studies student, you will be taking the required credit courses without being in a specific program. If you are interested in meeting the course requirements this way, please fill this form. Please see the Undergraduate Advisor, Lori Kallsen (email@example.com), for further information.
Q: If my application to the PhD program is rejected, would my application be automatically considered for the MA Program?
A: No. A declined PhD application would not be automatically considered for the MA program.
Q: Do international students have funding opportunities?
A: All students are considered for funding regardless of citizenship or status.
Q: Where can I find some information on living in Calgary?
A: Please check this link: https://grad.ucalgary.ca/prospective/about-calgary
Q: What are the GPA requirements for international students?
Q: Where do I look for information on student visas?
Q: What are the tuition fees and cost of living?
A: For information on tuition: http://grad.ucalgary.ca/prospective/tuition
For cost of living in Calgary: http://grad.ucalgary.ca/prospective/tuition/cost-living
Q: Where do I look for advice on study permits and immigration concerns?
A: Please note that the recent federal legislation stipulates that only certified consultants may offer advice about immigration issues. This means faculty members and staff cannot advise, interpret or explain immigration issues to students. Please see the Citizenship and Immigration Canada homepage (http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/index-can.asp) for information.
Q: What if my references are having problems with the form?
A: Contact the Faculty of Graduate Studies by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 1-403-220-4938
Q: Do you have January admissions?
A: Admission for PhD, MA thesis and MA course based program are September.
Q: Where can I find information on awards and scholarships?
A: Please visit http://grad.ucalgary.ca/awards
Q: Can you waive my application fee?
A: No. We cannot waive your admissions application fee; this fee is assigned by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and is mandatory. Please note that an application submitted without the fee paid will not be processed.
Further information on the application process can be obtained by contacting:
Department of Economics
University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta Canada T2N 1N4