Admission Requirements

Your Degree

You must hold, or reasonably expect to hold by September, a master’s degree in Economics for entry to the Ph.D. program, however, exceptional candidates holding a bachelor’s degree will be considered for direct admission to Ph.D. 1 level. The minimum acceptable CGPA (Cumulative Grade Point Average) is 3.0 out of a possible 4.0, which is equivalent to “B” on a letter scale, or at least a 3.2/4.0 over the last two years of study. The University assesses degrees earned outside Canada to determine if they are equivalent to a McGill degree. Find educational credentials and grade equivalencies by country. *Please be sure to calculate what your CGPA translates to at McGill before applying, and if your CGPA is below 3.0, you are not eligible for our graduate programs.*

Math requirements

To enter the PhD programs you must have taken at least the following:

(a) two terms of calculus (differential and integral calculus, including constrained optimization methods, functions of several variables, partial derivatives, constrained optimization using the method of Lagrangian multipliers and Riemann integration);
(b) one term of matrix algebra (rank, inverse, eigenvalues, eigenvectors and quadratic forms);
(c) statistics: a full-year course in statistics from an economics or mathematics department.


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