Application Procedures for Graduate Programs in Economics and Financial Aid

 

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.

Deadlines for Applications and UMGF Award 

We only accept applications for the Fall Semester.

The deadline for application is:

January 15 for all students 

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. 

PhD Program

Students who do not satisfy the minimum admission requirements should not apply for our PhD program.  Our students pursue studies in various fields of economics.   We also  offer agricultural economics specialization at the PhD level in conjunction with the Department of Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics.  Students must read section 5 of our supplemental regulations .  Some of the highlights of the program are as follows:    

PhD students must complete a minimum of 27 credits of 7000 level Economics courses beyond their MA program by the end of their second year in the program.

Students must take Econ7010 (Econometrics I), ECON7650 (Advanced Macroeconomics I), ECON7660 (Advanced Macroeconomics II), ECON7722 (Advanced Microeconomics I), and ECON7732 (Advanced Microeconomics II), as part of their core requirements in the first year.  Students must also take at least one elective course in their first year of the program.

Students must pass qualifying exams in microeconomics and macroeconomics by the end of their first year, and must successfully pass  their research  paper.  For the deadlines, other requirements, and detailed information, students must read Section 5 of our supplemental regulations.  In case of discrepancy between this website and the supplemental regulations, the supplemental regulations shall govern.

Minimum Admission Requirements for the PhD Program

An MA degree in Economics or Agricultural Economics equivalent to that awarded by the University of Manitoba is required.   If an applicant's  MA degree is not in Economics, at the least, the applicant must have taken microeconomics, macroeconomics, econometrics, and mathematical economics at the MA level. Students must also satisfy the minimum requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Admission is competitive so satisfying the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. 

Application Documents for the PhD program:

Students must submit their application online directly through UM Radius to the Faculty of Graduate Studies.  Faculty of Graduate Studies require the following documents.

1. A completed online application form through UM Radius

2. An application fee of $100,

3. Official transcripts,

4.English proficiency test for non-native speakers, or students who are not exempt from this.

You must also submit other supporting documents. These are:

5. A reasonably substantial sample of your English written work (e.g. a course paper or thesis chapter).

6. A one or two page statement of research interests document, detailing your scholarly interests, outlining your plans for graduate study and indicating your preferred supervisor.

7. Three references who know your scholarly work. We strongly recommend that all your references letters are from your professors/instructors but we understand that sometimes it is difficult to get all three reference letters from your professors.   At the minimum,  we need at least one reference letter from a professor/instructor who taught you a course or supervised your paper/thesis.

8. We do NOT require GRE or GMAT scores. However, if you took GRE, please submit the scanned copy of your score.

A detailed information is provided on the first four documents above on  Faculty of Graduate Studies website. Please read carefully.

MA Program

Please read Section 4 of our supplemental regulations for the complete requirements and the detailed information.  The highlights of the MA program are as follows:

All MA students must take ECON6040, an intensive two-week Mathematical Economics course, in the beginning of their first year.   M.A. students will normally take courses at the 7000 level.

Non-thesis route:

A minimum of twenty seven (27) credit hours of course work is required, including ECON6040, ECON7010 (Econometrics I), ECON7650 (Advanced Macroeconomics I), and ECON7722 (Advanced Microeconomics I) as part of the core requirements, and the research workshop ECON7000.

Thesis route:

A minimum of fifteen (15) credit hours of course work is required, including ECON6040, ECON7010 (Econometrics I), ECON7650 (Advanced Macroeconomics I), and ECON7722 (Advanced Microeconomics I) as part of the core requirements.  For the thesis requirement, please read section 4 of our supplemental regulations.

The expected time to completion  for the MA degree is one year.  

Minimum Admission Requirements for the MA Program   

Students who do not satisfy the minimum admission requirements should not apply for our MA program. Instead, they should apply for our Pre-MA program.  Normally, successful applicants to the M.A. program will have completed an  Honours degree in Economics equivalent to that awarded by the University of Manitoba.   (note that the selection committee does not consider the second-class honours equivalent to the Honours degree of our department). A minimum GPA of 3.1 and B+ or better in upper level undergraduate economic theory courses are required. Students must have taken two intermediate Microeconomics, two intermediate Macroeconomics, two Econometrics (or one econometrics and one statistics) equivalent to ECON3040 (or the former ECON4120)  and ECON4040 (or  the former ECON4130),  and one mathematical economics equivalent to ECON3030 (or the formerECON3730)  Mathematical Economics II , and six credits of Mathematics courses such as one calculus and one linear algebra as a minimum.  Students must have a four year degree. Students must also satisfy the minimum requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Admission is competitive so satisfying the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. 

Application Documents for the MA program

Students must submit their application online directly through UM Radius to the Faculty of Graduate Studies.  Faculty of Graduate Studies requires the following documents. A detailed information on the first four documents below is provided on this website. Please read carefully.

1. A completed online application form through UM Radius.  Note:  You do not need to state a potential/preferred supervisor on the application form, you can leave this question blank.

2. An application fee of $100.00

3. Official transcripts,

4. English proficiency test for non-native speakers, or students who are not exempt from this.

You must also submit other supporting documents. These are:

5. A one or two page statement of research interests, detailing your scholarly interests, outlining your plans for graduate study.

6. Three references who know your scholarly work.   We strongly recommend that all your references letters are from your professors/instructors but we understand that sometimes it is difficult to get all three reference letters from your professors.   At the minimum,  we need at least one reference letter from a professor/instructor who taught you a course or supervised your paper/thesis.

7. We do NOT require GRE or GMAT scores. However, if you took GRE, please scan and submit the copy of your score

Pre-MA Program:

Students who do not satisfy the minimum admission requirement for the MA program should apply for the one year Pre-MA program.  For example, students who have a three year degree, or have not taken  at least two Intermediate Microeconomics, two Intermediate Macroeconomics, two Mathematical Economics, and two Econometrics (or Statistics) course during their undergraduate studies  should apply for the Pre-MA program.     Note that admission to the MA program is not direct from the Pre-MA program.  Students must apply for the MA program while they are Pre-MA students.

Minimum Admission Requirements for the Pre-MA Program

Minimum GPA of 3.1 and 6 credits of Mathematics courses including Calculus. Students must also satisfy the minimum requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Admission is competitive so satisfying the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

Application Documents for the Pre-MA program:

Students must submit their application online directly through UM Radius to the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Faculty of Graduate Studies require the following documents:

1. A completed online application form through UM Radius.   Note: You do not need to state a potential/preferred supervisor on the application form, you can leave this question blank.

2. An application fee of $100,

3. Official transcripts,

4. English proficiency test for non-native speakers, or students who are not exempt from this.

A detailed information is provided on the documents above on this website. Please read carefully.

You must also submit other supporting documents. These are:

5. Three references who know your scholarly work. We understand that it is difficult to get all three reference letters from your professors but we need at least one reference letter from a professor/instructor who taught you a course or supervised your paper/thesis.

6. We do NOT require GRE or GMAT scores. However, if you took GRE, please scan and submit the copy of your score. 

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