How to Apply

  1. Review the Graduate Programs.
  2. Review the department's admissions requirements.
  3. Complete the McGill University Online Application Form, which includes a non-refundable application fee, payable by credit card. The online application system opens September 15th.
  4. Arrange to take the GRE and/or TOEFL tests (or equivalent) prior to the department's posted deadline (if applicable).
  5. Prepare and upload your supporting documents. This includes the personal statement.
  6. Check SLATE to verify that all documents have been received and uploaded.
  7. Visit McGill's new Gradhub website; which has many resources for incoming McGill graduate students.

Mandatory Supporting Documents - Transcripts

  • Your complete record of study from each university-level institution attended to date. Uploaded copies will be considered as unofficial: final, official copies will be required once offered admission.
  • Transcripts in a language other than English or French must be accompanied by an English or French certified translation.

Letters of Reference

  • Two (2) academic letters of reference are required. The application system will prompt the referees to upload references on your behalf. Letters can be written in French. After receiving the reference, the Status will change to "Received".
  • Paper copies of reference letters are not accepted, and should not be mailed to the department.
  • The applicant is responsible to replace referee(s) if required.
  • The letters must be specific as to which program the candidate has applied and include information that would aid an admissions committee in making an informed decision.
  • Letters of reference must be currently dated.
  • The referee must indicate his/her position and full contact information at the institution.
  • Portfolio Management Company references are no longer accepted.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

If you do not have an undergraduate or graduate degree from a Canadian university, you must take the Graduate Record Examination (General Test) OR If you have obtained a degree from a Canadian university but the degree was obtained over three years ago the GRE test is required. The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) cannot be substituted for the GRE. McGill University’s institutional code is 0935. The Department of Economics’ code is 1801. An interruption in education is after graduation or between degrees.

Proficiency in English

(Department code is 84) Applicants (including Permanent Residents of Canada) whose mother tongue is not English and who have not completed an undergraduate or graduate degree from a recognized institution where English is the language of instruction or from a recognized Canadian institution (anglophone or francophone), are required to submit proof of competency in oral and written in English before the application for admission can be considered. Applications cannot be considered if test results are not available. Options accepted at McGill can be found on Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS) website for English Proficiency.

The Department of Economics expects applicants to obtain scores above the minima outlined on the GPS website.
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