Find answers to some common questions below.
Who should I contact for application forms/information?
- See the Applying for Graduate Studies page to apply online or to print an application form on paper.
What are supporting documents?
Applications for the MA and MDE programs require
- official transcript(s)
- two academic (preferably) references
- a short personal statement of interest (approximately 1 page)
- Candidates are required to provide proof of English language competency.
PhD program applications require
- official transcript(s)
- three academic references
- a statement of research interest (1-3 pages)
- Candiadates are required to provide proof of English language competency.
The English competency requirement is waived if the applicant has completed a degree at a recognized institution in which the language of instruction is English in a country where one of the national languages in English.
Where should supporting documents be sent?
Please send all supporting documents directly to
Department of Economics
6214 University Avenue
PO Box 15000
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
Your statement of interest can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
When should my application be in?
Your application for admission to the MA and MDE programs should normally be received by the University no later than June 1 for a September start date (all supporting documents must be received by this deadline). However, if you are applying for scholarships and departmental funding, your application (including application, fee and all supporting documents) should be completed by January 31.
Your application for admission to the PhD program should be received by the University no later than January 31 for a September start date (all supporting documents must be received by this deadline).
Your application for admission to the MA and MDE programs should normally be received by the University no later than April 1 for a September start date (all supporting documents must be received by this deadline).
The application for admission to the PhD program should be received by the University no later than January 31 for a September start date (all supporting documents must be received by this deadline).
What are the admission requirements?
All applicants to the graduate programs must satisfy the general requirements for admission to the Faculty of Graduate Studies as indicated at the Faculty website. In addition, the requirements for individual programs are:
Entrance to a one-year MA program requires an Honours BA (or BSc) (or equivalent) in Economics (not Business) with an average of at least B+ (upper second-class) at Dalhousie standards. Check to see that you meet international degree equivalencies.
An Honours degree in Economics is expected to consist of a four-year (i.e., 20 credit) bachelor's degree that includes:
- Introductory micro and macro economics
- Intermediate micro and macro economic
- Advanced micro and macro economics
- Senior economics field courses
- Linear algebra
- Honours Thesis (or equivalent)
In those cases where a candidate has a three-year degree and a four-year honours program (or equivalent) was not available, first-class candidates may be considered for admission into a two-year program, a Qualifying year, or as a special undergraduate student.
The department will consider applications for the one-year MDE program from candidates possessing a four-year (i.e., 20 credit) undergraduate degree with an academic average of at least B+ (upper second-class) at Dalhousie standards. Applicants may possess a BA, BSc or BComm degree, but all candidates must have at least
- Introductory micro and macro economics
- Intermediate micro and macro economics
- At least two senior economics field course
Those with insufficient background in economics may be admitted to the MDE program with additional course requirements to satisfy the gap in economics preparation, which may extend the degree beyond one year. Alternatively, such students may be given the option of a Qualifying Year or Special Undergraduate Year to prepare them to qualify for admission to the MDE program
Entrance to the PhD program normally requires completion of course requirements for an MA in Economics (not Business) with an average of at least A- at Dalhousie standards. Students normally prepare for their PhD comprehensive exams in two years.
Candidiate are required to demonstrate English language competency.
What are the English language competency requirements?
Candidates are required to demonstrate English language competency. Standard tests include the TOEFL and the IELTS. Minimum acceptable scores can be found on the Graduate Studies website.
The language competency test may be waived if the applicant has completed a degree at a recognized university where one of the official languages of that country is English. The claims must be verified by the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
Can I obtain funding? How much is available?
The university and department offer, on a competitive basis, a number of scholarships, teaching assistantships and research assistantships. You are encouraged to apply early enough to be nominated by the department for these scholarships (Canadian students and non-Canadian students: by January 31). Applicants are automatically considered for these scholarships.
What is the tuition fee? What are the living expenses?
Tuition is approximately $11,000 for Canadian students and CAD$21,000 for international students. Please visit Dalhousie's Student Accounts for up to date information regarding tuition and other fees.
Can I apply for and start the program in January?
No. A number of courses taught in the winter term have prerequisites taught only in the fall. This greatly reduces the availability of courses to students who begin graduate programs in January, thus making timely completion of a graduate program almost impossible.
Are part-time programs available for graduate students?
Part-time registration is available for Master's programs. It is not possible to register as a part-time student during the first two years of a PhD program, though one could pay full-time fees and take a part-time schedule of classes. See the current graduate calendar regarding part-time studies.
Can I write a thesis in a specific area?
The thesis must be written in an area for which there is a suitable supervisor available in the Department and that individual has agreed to supervise the student. Normally, the supervisor and committee are chosen before the last term of course work. For more information on thesis requirements, please see the Economics section of the current Graduate Calendar.
I have a letter from the Department of Economics saying the Department has recommended to the Dean of Graduate Studies that I be offered admission and funding (or admission only), and advising that a letter from the Dean will follow. May I consider the letter from the Department an official offer from Dalhousie University?
No. Official offers come only from the Dean of Graduate Studies. It is possible for the Dean not to accept recommendations from departments. The offers should not be taken for granted. Of course, we are very much interested in attracting good students to our programs. If you have alternatives to consider and have not received an official offer from Dalhousie, please contact us as soon as you can.
I have a letter from the Dean of Graduate Studies saying that I am offered admission and funding (or admission only). What is the latest date to respond to this letter?
You should contact the Department as soon as you decide whether you are accepting the offer. Typically, an offer for funding will be open for one month; if we have not received a formal response from you by that time, the funds may be reallocated.
When should I arrive?
We recommend students arrive by September 1st. Incoming MA and MDE students are expected to attend a Math Workshop that begins early September. Most graduate students register online before they arrive on campus but select classes after arrival. Late registration and selection of classes is possible until the Registry closes on September 19. The current fee for late registration is $50.00. Also note that it may be difficult to find housing if you arrive on campus after classes begin.
Can I defer my admission and funding (or admission only)?
Provided you instruct us to do so in a timely manner, we can request deferral up to one year from the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Scholarships cannot be deferred.
What is the application fee?
The application fee is $115 CAD.