Application information

SFU operates on a continuous trimester system. Full-time MA and PhD programs in the Department of Economics normally begin in September (Fall semester). Occasionally, a few PhD students begin in January (Spring Semester), but due to the sequence of required courses, all MA students begin in September.

Contact Information

If you have questions after reading this webpage, please contact the Graduate Secretary at econ-grad-sec@sfu.ca

Admissions standards

MA Students

The usual prerequisite for admission into the Master's Program is a Bachelor's degree in economics with a first or high second class standing. The minimum cumulative grade point average required for admission is 3.0.  Students with strong backgrounds in disciplines other than economics may also be admitted as qualifying students to give them the opportunity to strengthen their economics background.

PhD Students

The normal prerequisite for admission into the Doctoral Program is a Master's degree with high standing or a Bachelor's degree with first class standing. The minimum cumulative grade point average required for admission is 3.5. Students who perform well in our MA program can be transferred directly into the PhD program after two semesters.

All applications are made online.

If you have technical problems or require corrections or changes to your entries, please contact Graduate Studies.

Required documentation

1. Reference Letters

Three (3) academic letters of reference. These letters of reference should comment specifically on the extent of the student's academic preparation and ability to undertake graduate coursework. Applicants to the PhD program should also ask referees to comment on their ability to undertake research and their prospects for completing an acceptable doctoral dissertation.

Referees will be given access to upload reference letters after the applicant has submitted the online application. There are no specific formats or forms to fill out and Referees do not have a deadline to upload their letters.

Applicants are responsible for uploading the following documents (2-6)  through the online application system:

2. Transcripts*

A copy of transcripts for all post-secondary institutions attended. Only applicants who are admitted into the program will be required to forward official transcripts to the Dean of Graduate Studies.

*The application system will request an official transcript to be sent however our department DOES NOT require it unless you are admitted into the program.

3. GRE

A copy of unofficial scores (even if the application checklist indicates that official scores have been received). Applicants who have completed or are currently completing their post-secondary studies at an institution outside of Canada are required to take the Graduate Record Examination General Test (GRE). There is no minimum requirement however, please note that the GMAT cannot be substituted for the GRE. Send the official test results to Simon Fraser University, using Institution Code 0999 and Department Code 1801.

4. TOEFL / IELTS

A copy of unofficial scores  (even if the application checklist indicates that official scores have been received). Applicants whose primary language is not English will be required to take theTest of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) if they have completed a degree at an institution where the language of instruction and examination was not in English in a country where English is not the primary language. Please refer to the Dean of Graduate Studies website for minimum University requirements and list of exempt countries. Send the official test results to Simon Fraser University, using Institution Code 0999 and Department Code 84.

Information regarding the GRE or TOEFL may be obtained from ETS.

Please note: both GRE and TOEFL/IELTS scores must not be older than 2 years.

5. Statement of Interest

All applicants should provide a Statement of Interest as part of their application.

6. CV and Writing Sample

Only PhD applicants are required to submit a CV and writing sample (no page limits) as part of their application.

Deadline and fees

Online application for MA and PhD programs for the Fall 2018 semester starts on October 15, 2017. The deadline to apply online is January 15, 2018. The deadline for receipt of all required documentation (2-6) is February 1, 2018. Applicants will no longer have access to upload or replace these documents to complete their file after the document deadline.

The application fee must be paid before applicants can access their online files.  If you cannot pay by credit card via your online application, please click here to view other methods of payment.

Applicants with Domestic transcripts: $90 CDN

Applicants with International transcripts: $125 CDN

Current students in our Master's program applying for PhD admission are waived this fee.

Tuition  and ancillary fees: All students (Domestic and International) are assessed the same full time Research program fee.

Application assessment

Completed applications are reviewed by the Graduate Admissions Committee after the February 1st documentation deadline. Applicants are formally notified after the Admissions Committee has made its decision. Applications recommended for admission are forwarded to the Senate Graduate Studies Committee for formal consideration. A letter of acceptance provided by the Dean of Graduate Studies office is mailed to approved applicants.

Please wait to be contacted as your application status will not be reflected on your applicant account.