Application Process

In addition to the academic requirements identified in the program categories, the following requirements must also be met:

English Language Proficiency

International applicants must provide proof of English language proficiency. Applicants must upload the proficiency test results to their application. The minimum acceptable score on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is 92 on the internet-based test or 580 on the paper test. Use Department Code 084 on the TOEFL to have results forwarded to the University of Alberta. The minimum overall band score on the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is 7.0 with at least 6.5 in each band.

The English language requirement may be waived if the students country or institution is exempt (please refer to ELP Exemptions) or with a letter from the students institution confirming the medium of instruction was English.

Graduate Record Examinations (GRE)

Applicants whose most recent degree is from an institution outside Canada or the USA are required to complete the verbal, quantitative and analytical sections of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE). The examinations should be written early enough for scores to be available to be included in the online application before the application deadline. Both scores and percentages must be posted. The Department requires minimum score of 80% below in the quantitative section of the exam to be considered eligible for our programs. No substitutions for the GRE (such as GMAT) will be accepted. The GRE is not a substitute for the English language test. The GRE requirement will not be waived. Do not forward GRE test scores to the Department. Scores are to be uploaded to the application only.


We offer one intake per year only for the following fall (September admission). Applications are open September 1 through February 1 each year. For consideration for September admission, complete applications must be submitted by midnight (MT), February 1.

Complete applications include:

  • All transcripts in original language and official English translation
  • All degree certificates in original language and official English translation (this may be waived if the final degree is shown on the transcript)
  • English language test results or letter confirming language of instruction as applicable
  • GRE for all international applicants attending institutions outside Canada or the USA
  • CV
  • 3 letters of reference (minimum 2 academic references)
  • Research proposal for doctoral applicants

We do not require a personal statement or letter of intent as part of our application.

Application Decisions and Notifications

Applicants may track the status of their application via the Applicant Portal. Successful applicants will receive an Offer of Admission via the portal. Applicants must accept or decline the offer. Offers of admission will typically be made within 2 months of the application deadline. Upon acceptance of the offer of admission, students may register for courses in Bear Tracks. Once the offer of admission has been accepted, all correspondence between the student and the Department will be via the student's ualberta email only with the exception of students from China. The admission offer will not include an offer of funding. Funding offers are made separately by the Department and include instructions on how to accept or decline the offer with a deadline for doing so. Funding offers will be sent to the email address provided on the application. Funds are extremely limited and funding offers are made on a competitive basis to relatively few students. Funding offers will be made within 2 months of the application deadline.

Upon recommendation of the Application Review Committee, a student with a strong application who is not yet fully qualified to enter the Master's program, may be offered admission as a qualifying student. The applicant will then be required to complete 8 advanced level undergraduate Economics courses. Upon successful completion with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 the student will be transferred to the Master of Arts program. There is no application to be a qualifying student - this is upon recommendation by the Review Committee only. Qualifying students are not eligible for funding.

Please direct inquiries regarding the graduate program in Economics to