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M.A. in Economic Policy FAQ


What are the minimum academic requirements for admission into the MAEP program?

Successful applicants will normally have an Honours Bachelor degree in Economics or its equivalent. The university requires entering Master’s students to have maintained a B+ average in courses (relevant to the Master’s program they are entering) during the final two years of their undergraduate programs.

In addition to the regular requirements of the Graduate School, applicants must have, at minimum:

  • Two one-term courses in microeconomic theory beyond introductory economics
  • Two one-term courses in macroeconomic theory beyond introductory economics
  • A university calculus course
  • One upper-level (3rd year or above) university statistics course


Do I need to have majored in Economics during my undergraduate studies to be eligible for the MAEP program?

Successful applicants typically possess a major in Economics. However, a minor in Economics can also be acceptable, as the program is open to students who do not have an economics major but who have sufficient training in economics, mathematics and statistics (e.g., students with a minor in economics).


Can I take a specialization with my MAEP in Economics (e.g. Health Economics, Health Policy, etc.)?

While the Department of Economics offers courses in many related interdisciplinary fields that you can take while pursuing your MAEP, we do not offer specialized degrees.  With such a large variety of course options available, you will likely find courses that suit your interests.


What funding is available for each graduate program?

Funding for each graduate program is dependent on the funding made available to the University on an annual basis.  Funding may include a teaching assistantship and/or a graduate scholarship. All applicants and students are encouraged to apply for external bursaries and scholarships.


Is a GRE required?

No, a GRE exam is not required for any of the graduate programs in the Department. 


What fees apply for each graduate program?

Fees for the graduate program are set annually by McMaster University; please visit for more information on current domestic and international tuition costs.


What are the online application open/close dates?

Annually, our application system is open November 15th to January 24th, with entry into the program for the upcoming September.  No further extensions are given for international applications.  Transcripts sent directly from the issuing institution will be accepted up to two weeks past the deadline. 


When are admission decisions made?

Offers of admission are normally sent out mid-March to mid-May.


Is part-time study available?

Yes, part-time study is often available for our programs.  However, please note that most courses are taught between working hours (very few courses are available in the evenings) and generally no financial aid is available to part-time students.


If I am applying as an undergraduate student at McMaster University, do I need to submit an official transcript?



My up-to-date transcript/proof of graduation will not be available by my issuing institution at the time of my application. Can I submit an interim transcript?

Applicants must provide one official transcript of academic work completed to date, sent directly from the issuing institution. However, if an official transcript is unavailable, when you submit your application online, you can include a transcript that is up-to-date as of the date you apply. If you are accepted into the program, you will be asked to provide an up-to-date, official transcript and proof of graduation.


Does official documentation have to be sent through mail by the issuing institution, or is electronic submission acceptable?

There is now an ‘Upload Documents’ section of the online admissions process, where you can scan your documentation and submit it electronically. Once you are accepted into the program, you will be asked to provide an official transcript, sent directly from the issuing institution in a signed and sealed envelope.


What documents should I be uploading with my online application?

In order for your application to be considered complete, it must include the following items:

  • Application Form and Fee
  • Transcripts
  • Letters of reference
  • Statement of Interest
  • Policy Statement


If my official documentation is delayed, will my application still be reviewed?

Applications will not be reviewed until they are complete and all official documentation has been received by the Department.


Is it possible to postpone or carry applications from one admissions period to the next?

The Department of Economics does not postpone or carry forward applications.


If I am applying for more than one graduate program, can I use the same reference letters?

While reference letters can be used to supplement referee information, all referees will also be asked to complete a form online and may include questions specific to individual graduate programs.


How long is my statement of interest supposed to be?

All applicants must provide a one-page statement (12pt font, single-space, 1-inch margins) explaining why you would like to pursue the MAEP degree.


What address should I send official documentation to?

Graduate Program,

Department of Economics (KTH-426),

McMaster University

1280 Main St. W.

Hamilton, ON L8S 4M4


Can I email inquiries about whether I am eligible for a graduate program before applying?

The Department of Economics does not pre-screen potential applicants.