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PhD Admission Requirements

For admission into the PhD in Economics program, applicants must fulfill normal university admissions procedures (opens in new window)  and the following program specific requirements:

PhD Program Specific Admission Requirements

  1. Must have achieved at least a 3.33/4.33 (B+) average or equivalent in their Master’s studies in Economics or a related field of study at a recognized university in North America or abroad*.
  2. Provide two academic letters of reference from former instructors at the MA or equivalent level.
  3. Resume/CV.
  4. Provide a statement of interest.  Your statment should be approximately 500 words long and include the following:
    1. your reasons for graduate study in Economics;
    2. the research interest(s) you may wish to pursue;
    3. how your previous studies and experience have prepared you for the PhD program; and
    4. your career objectives and how the PhD program relates to them.
For further information on deadline dates, English language proficiency, and the online application, please visit or contact the Graduate Admissions Office (opens in new window) .


*Applicants with Master’s degrees in fields other than economics, such as MA or MSc in Finance, MA or MSc in Mathematics, MA or MSc in Mathematical Finance, may apply to the PhD program. They must have achieved at least a B+ average in their respective Master’s studies and have taken some advanced undergraduate or graduate courses in microeconomics and macroeconomics. However, for applicants who do not have an MA or MSc in Economics, it is advisable to apply to the MA in International Economics and Finance. An admissions committee appointed by the GPD will evaluate the complete file of each applicant and decide on acceptance/rejection of the applicant into the PhD program.


Update for 2021-22 admission: students who plan to focus on a  a migration and/or migrant integration-related topic, are eligible to apply a CERC Doctoral Scholarship:

CERC PhD Scholarship

The Canada Excellence Research Chair offers 3 scholarships to PhD students starting at a Toronto Metropolitan University PhD program in fall 2022, and having a focus on a migration and/or migrant integration-related topic.

The scholarship involves a total funding package of $25,000 per year, for four years, subject to annual review of the student’s progress. Successful applicants will be given a working space at the CERC premises, will be expected to participate in the CERC research activities and workshops, and will overall be integrated into a vibrant research team of 25 scholars and graduate students, enjoying a comprehensive scientific and professional development experience.

Interested candidates are encouraged to visit the CERC in Migration and Integration website prior to applying.