Application Procedures for Graduate Programs in Economics and Financial Aid

 

Economics Graduate Program Information

 

The Department of Economics is pleased to offer a Master of Arts (M.A.) and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program.  We also offer Agricultural Economics at the PhD level in conjunction with the Department of Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics.  

 

Students can find information on application procedures for our PhD, MA, and Pre-MA programs and  financial aid information on this site. Students who do not satisfy the minimum admission requirements should not apply for our graduate programs. Note that satisfying the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission.

The Department has two streams in the graduate program: Economics and Econometrics (E&E), which places greater emphasis on theory (micro and macro), mathematics and statistical methods, and Economics and Society (E&S), which places greater emphasis on how the distribution of wealth and power affects the socioeconomic and physical environment. The graduate program in the E&E stream requires students to take more core courses in theory, mathematics and statistics, while the E&S stream is more individually tailored to the student’s research. Applicants to the graduate program in Economics apply to one stream, and are not considered for admission to the other stream. Therefore, applicants are advised to carefully check admission and program requirements to decide which stream provides the best fit.

 Students must submit all requested materials including three letters of reference by January 15th.  Applications completed after the deadline date will not be accepted. 

University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship Deadline

A separate application for UMGF is not needed. MA and PhD program applicants who satisfy the minimum conditions stated below will be automatically considered for the UMGF award if all their program documents are uploaded (i.e., their application is complete) in UmGrad Radius by January 15th. 

Application Deadline Dates for all Programs  (PhD., M.A., PreMA) 

Students should complete and submit their online application with supporting documentation  by the date indicated in the following table:

 

Term

Start Date

Canadian/US

International

FALL

September

January 15

January 15

 
Applications completed after the deadline date will not be accepted. 

 M.A. in Economics

Please visit the Graduate Calendar for Program Requirements
 

For full application document requirements, please visit the on line application portal 

 

General Admission Requirements

For consideration for admission to the M.A. program, students proceeding from the University of Manitoba’s Pre-M.A. program must have obtained a minimum GPA of 3.5 in at least 24 credit hours of coursework in economics.

Normally, successful applicants for admission to the M.A. program will have completed an Honours degree in economics equivalent to that awarded by the University of Manitoba. 

Stream-Specific Admission Requirements

Economics & Econometrics Stream

Applicants should meet the following:  

 

(a) A minimum degree GPA of 3.1 from an undergraduate degree that includes fifty-four (54) credit hours of completed economics courses (or, if the applicant has a double Honours degree, 42 credit hours), which shall include:  

Coursework in Mathematical Economics equivalent to the University of Manitoba course ECON 3030, and coursework in Econometrics courses equivalent to ECON 3040 and ECON 4040; 

 

(b) A grade of B+ or better is normally required in each upper level undergraduate economic theory course completed; and   

 

(c) Six (6) credit hours of mathematics equivalent to the University of Manitoba courses such as: MATH 1500 (calculus) and MATH 1310 (linear algebra).

Economics & Society Stream

Applicants should meet the following:

(a) A minimum degree GPA of 3.1 from a four-year undergraduate program; and  

(b)  Completed a minimum of 42 total credit hours in Economics courses.

Ph.D. in Economics

 

Please visit the Graduate Calendar for Program Requirements
 

For full application document requirements, please visit the on line application portal 

 

Ph.D Common Admissions Requirements  

 

Normally, the completion of a Master’s degree or equivalent from a recognized university and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or equivalent in the last two previous years of full time university study (60 credit hours) is the minimum requirement for admission to the Ph.D. program. And:

 

1) Except as provided in 2) below, applicants for admission to the Ph.D. program must have completed the entrance requirements and the program requirements of an M.A. degree in Economics or in Agricultural Economics equivalent to that awarded by the University of Manitoba. A thesis-based Master’s is not required.

 

2) In exceptional cases, applications to either stream may be considered from students who have completed an Honours degree in Economics equivalent to that awarded by the University of Manitoba. In such cases, the applicant will be required to fulfill, in addition to the requirements below, all coursework requirements for the non-thesis M.A. degree.

 

 

PreMA Program

 

For full application document requirements, please visit the on line application portal 

Graduates of bachelor degree programs with a minimum GPA of 3.1 in economics coursework who have also completed at least six (6) credits of mathematics including calculus with a minimum grade of C+ in each course will be considered for admission to a Pre-Master’s program.

 

Once an application for admission to the Pre-Master's program is approved, the Graduate Program Advisory Committee will determine a plan of study designed to raise the student's qualifications to the equivalent of a B.A. (Hons.) degree in Economics.  The Pre-Master’s program will consist of 24 credit hours of Economics courses at the 3000 and 4000 level. Normally, the Pre-Master's program will be completed in one academic year, but under special circumstances the program may extend over a longer period of time.   

 

 

Financial Aid and UMGF

 Financial aid is based on merit, not based on need. We are aware that many students  who are admitted to our program cannot pursue their graduate studies without  financial aid. Unfortunately, there is nothing we can do  and students should be prepared to self fund their own degree.   We have a limited budget, and cannot fund all of our student admissions.    If you have been admitted to our graduate program,  please do not contact us to let us know that you cannot accept admission unless you receive financial aid.

University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship

A separate application for UMGF is not needed. MA and PhD program applicants who satisfy the minimum conditions stated below will be automatically considered for the UMGF award if all their program documents are uploaded (i.e., their application is complete) in UM Grad Radius by January 15th. 

Scholarship funding is available through the UMGF on the basis of academic excellence.   Students with a minimum GPA of 3.75 (out of 4.5) in their last 60 credit hours or equivalent at a recognized university based on a Bachelor, Masters, Graduate Diploma or a Doctoral degree are eligible. If a student’s university assigns grades other than the letters (such as grades out of 100 as in China, or out of 20 as in Iran), then the student should use international degree equivalency to calculate her GPA for eligibility. If a student’s university’s highest grade letter is A (not A+) and A is equivalent to 4.00, or the highest letter grade is A+ and it is equivalent to 4.00 (instead of 4.5), then this student must have a minimum GPA of 3.4 in their  last 60 credit hours to be considered for the UMGF.

Deadline for UMGF:

Jan 15 all students

Value for a 12-month period              

Ph.D.        $18,000.00 

Master's     $14,000.00                                    

PhD students are eligible to receive the UMGF for the first four years of their program.

Successful UMGF applicants will be  normally contacted by March 15. 

Faculty of Arts Graduate Award

The availability of this award depends on the budget of the Faculty of Arts so this award is not offered every year. The duration of the award is one year and it is generally in the amount of $10,000. In order to be eligible, students must have applied for UMGF (and must satisfy the minimum criteria of UMGF). It is generally offered in late November or early December to the students who are currently registered in our graduate programs.

Research Assistantships and Teaching Courses:

Almost all of our PhD students who passed their micro and macro qualifying exams are hired as Research Assistants by professors, and/or teach summer and/or distance education courses. Depending on the grant, a few Research Assistants are paid around $22,000 for one year.  Some Research Assistantships are also paid hourly wages and the payment duration varies depending on the needs of the researcher.   Please  note that there are no guarantees that a student who passed his/her qualifying exam will receive research assistantship, or will be given permission to teach a course.

International Student Funding:

There is a scholarship called  International Graduate Student Entrance Scholarship (IGSES).  This scholarship will only be applied against any outstanding tuition fees. There is no separate application for this scholarship. Students are automatically considered for IGSES, and they are informed by the Faculty of Graduate Studies, not by the Department of Economics. Please read this website for international student funding. If the Faculty of Graduate Studies admission letter does not mention that you received IGSES, then you were not selected for this scholarship.  Please do not contact the department to ask whether you have received an  IGSES.  

Other Financial Aid

Other funding opportunities may also be available. Applicants and students are encouraged to explore the resources listed with FGS (see the Funding and Awards area)  http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/graduate_studies/funding/index.html for information on private, provincial and national competitions for scholarships/bursaries or research stipends. Internally, the University and the Faculty of Arts allow the student to apply for some travel reimbursements (for conferences, etc.), and small grant competitions (such as the Arts Endowment Fund). The Department usually has a limited number of TA/marker-grader positions that are made available during the year. These are generally available only to students who have begun their programs, and cannot be offered or guaranteed before admission. TAship for one academic year pays approximately $5,000.

All appointments are subject to the C.U.P.E.. (Canadian Union of Public Employees) Collective Agreement and therefore are open to competition. Those applying must also complete an application as required in the Agreement.

The Application Review Process

A departmental selection committee reviews complete files submitted before the deadline to make a decision. The review starts in early December. Departmental recommendations are communicated to the Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS), which will make its decision as soon as all the documentation has been processed.  While formal admission can only be offered by FGS, the department will usually relay the (admission) decision of the  departmental selection committee to the applicant by e-mail as soon as it is made, normally no later than February 15th.  Admission is not granted until offered by FGS. UMGF award decisions are generally done by mid March and only successful UMGF applicants will be contacted.

Other information:

Information concerning tuition fees can be found at http://umanitoba.ca/student/records/fee_information_hub.html

The International Centre for Students, 541 University Centre, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada R3T 2N2, provides advice for overseas students. 

Information about accommodation on and off campus is available from the Director of Housing and Conference Services.   Their web page address is: http://umanitoba.ca/student/housing

Please note that we do not provide information to potential applicants regarding their chances of being admitted or receiving financial assistance.  Please do not contact us with requests to preview your documents in advance to see if your are eligible to apply for our graduate program  or receive financial assistance.

In case of discrepancy between this website and our supplemental regulations our supplemental regulations shall govern.

We trust that this information will answer your questions.  If you have further questions about graduate study in Economics, please do not hesitate to contact:

Economics Graduate Studies Committee

c/o Betty McGregor, Administrative Assistant

Economics@umanitoba.ca