Application Information

The Online Application is now closed.

Deadline information: The January 15 deadline only applies to the submission of the online application; we expect supporting documents to follow as soon as possible (by March 1). We begin evaluating applications as they are completed (after the deadline), so you should make sure that your application is complete as soon as possible. We will continue to allow applications to be submitted until our program is full.

To apply for our programs please visit the following link: How to Apply in Five Steps.  Please review the information below prior to beginning your application.


Most students accepted for admission to our M.A. program in Economics at Queen's possess an honours bachelor degree with a major concentration in economics.  Most successful applicants will have taken undergraduate courses in statistics and quantitative methods for economics, intermediate and advanced micro and macro-economic theory, and two or three further upper-year courses in economics, plus linear algebra and differential and integral calculus.  Applicants do not necessarily have to possess a degree in economics, however, they must be able to demonstrate a strong background in economics by excelling at the courses listed above.  Applicants to our PhD program must have an honours bachelor's and master's degree in economics.  

Note:  All supporting documentation, including transcripts and required test scores, are to be sent to the School of Graduate Studies at the address below:

School of Graduate Studies
Queen's University
Gordon Hall Room 425
74 Union Street
Kingston, Ontario
Canada K7L 3N6

Minimum average:

The School of Graduate Studies and Research requires at least an upper second class average. Most successful applicants, however, have a strong first class average.  The percentage score for first class standing is 80% and over, or the letter grade “A” and a second class standing is 65 to 79 percent, or the letter grade “B”.  Admission to our programs is highly competitive with hundreds of applications each year.  We are unable to comment on the likelihood of admission based on grades as this depends on the annual pool of applicants.  


Along with your application, you will be required to submit two official transcripts from each of the post-secondary institutions you have attended.  All transcripts must be sent directly from the issuing university to the School of Graduate Studies at the address above. If your transcript is written in a language besides English or French, it must be accompanied by a translation completed by the issuing university. Unofficial transcripts will not be accepted.  Photocopies of transcripts will not be accepted unless they are properly notarized.  If your transcript does not indicate the degree you were granted and the date you received it, you will need to submit an official letter from the issuing university providing this information.  

Please note:  If you are a current or former student of Queen's University, you will not be required to submit your Queen's transcript.

Fall term marks:

If you have not already completed your degree, we will require fall term marks before evaluating your application. Fall term marks may be submitted after the January 15th application deadline, however, it is best to send them as soon as possible so that your application may be adjudicated in a timely fashion.


Reference letters are submitted through the online application portal.  Once an application is submitted, referees are notified via email and are provided with the necessary form.  Our department requires two academic reference letters in order to consider an application complete, however, you may submit up to four.  Please note:  If you decide to submit more than two referee names on your application, all of the letters must be received or your application will not be considered complete. Incomplete applications will not be adjudicated.  If your referee did not receive this email, please have him/her check their "junk mail" as often this is where they end up.  If this is not the case, please email us and we will arrange to have the email re-sent.  If your referee requests a hardcopy of this form, please contact us and we will make the necessary arrangements.  Referee letters must be received directly from the source and if a hardcopy is sent, it must be in a sealed and signed envelope. Reference letters sent through any other means will not be accepted.  Note:  If you are applying to the PhD program, both references must be from professors who taught you at the MA level.


If your previous degree is not from a Canadian or U.S. university, you will be required to submit a GRE score.  There are no exceptions to this rule.  There is no minimum GRE score requirement and we are unable to comment of the competitiveness of scores as this depends on the annual pool of applicants.  GRE scores must be received directly from the issuing agency. Below you will find the necessary information required to do so:  
Institution Code: 0949                   Department Code: 1801


At Queen's, the official language of instruction is English.  As such, non-native English speakers will be required to submit an English Language Proficiency test.  Canadian citizens and permanent residents are not required to submit proof of English language proficiency.  If English is your first language or you have recently attended an academic institution for at least one complete year where English is the official language of instruction, you may be eligible for an exemption.  To request an exemption, please submit your request in writing along with your application and address it to the Director, Admissions and Student Services at the School of Graduate Studies.  English Proficiency scores must also be sent directly from the issuing agency.  Below you will find the necessary information to do so:

TOEFL Institution Code:  0949        TOEFL Department Code:  84

In order to be considered for admission, you must meet or exceed the following English Language Proficiency test score:
TOEFL  - 600 paper based, 250 computer based, 88 iBT  - Please make sure that you meet the minimum requirements of each section of the TOEFL score as outlined at the check the following link:
IELTS    - 7
MELAB  - 80


The Department of Economics strongly encourages applicants to apply for outside funding such as OGS or SSHRC.  For more information, please visit the following link:  Funding For Graduate Students


For more information regarding the application process, please visit the following link:  Prospective Students

Thank-you for your interest in the Department of Economics at Queen's University.  
Should, after reviewing the above information, you have any questions or concerns, please email the Graduate Studies Assistant, Danielle Wallace, at
Due to the volume of inquiries, it may take a few days to receive a response.  We appreciate your patience.