MER Frequently Asked Questions

If you are a current graduate student, the School of Graduate Studies may be the best place to start to find answers to your questions.

If you are a prospective student, many questions concerning the application process may be immediately answered by reviewing this FAQ, or you may contact us.

Admissions

Application Processes and Acceptance Rates

International Students

Tuition

Program Structure and Study Options


Admissions

What are the admission requirements?

Applicants to the MER program must have successfully completed an undergraduate course in statistics, microeconomics, and one of organizational behaviour, sociology of work or labour history from an institution recognized by Senate, normally with a minimum grade of 70% in each course.

Applications that don’t meet these requirements won’t be considered. Under exceptional circumstances, a person without a degree may be admitted. For more details, click here.

What do I do if I took a required course but my transcript uses less specific course titles (for example, Economics I, Introduction to Economics, Management, etc.)?

We only consider applications that provide clear evidence of a minimum B standing in statistics, organizational behavior and microeconomics. If your transcript doesn’t clearly state “microeconomics,” “statistics” or “organizational behavior,” please provide additional information with your application (i.e. a course outline or description from the university where you took the course).

Am I guaranteed admission if I meet the minimum requirements?

Admission to the program is limited and competitive. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission into the program. We receive over 150 applications annually and typically accept 24 to 30 students each year.

Can I apply if I am currently completing my undergraduate degree or one of the required courses?

Yes. We will consider your application as long as your current degree average is equivalent to a minimum B standing.

Does my undergraduate degree need to focus in a specific area?

The MER program is inter-disciplinary in nature. We accept students with a broad range of undergraduate degrees. Our students have undergraduate degrees in arts, business, engineering, science, education, music and more.

I don’t meet the minimum requirements. Can I still apply?

No. We only consider applications that meet the minimum requirements. However, we will consider applications from current students who are completing their degrees or are currently enrolled in one of the required undergraduate courses in organizational behavior, microeconomics or statistics.

Do I need to write the GRE or GMAT?

No. We don’t require a GRE or GMAT score.

Application Processes and Acceptance Rates

When are applications due?

Applications for full-time study are due by Feb. 15. The deadlines for part-time studies are Feb. 15 (fall entry) and Aug. 15 (winter entry).

How do I apply?

Click here or visit the School of Graduate Studies.

International Students

Are there language requirements for international students?

Yes. Applicants who did not complete a four-year baccalaureate degree at a recognized university at which English is the primary language of instruction must normally complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and achieve scores of 580 or higher on the paper-based test; 237 or higher on the computer-based test; or 92-93 (or higher) on the Internet-based test.

Applicants who have completed the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test must achieve an overall band score of 7.0 or higher.

Those applicants who also submit results of the Test of Written English (TWE), with a score of four or better, will receive preference in the evaluation of English proficiency.

Information regarding TOEFL, IELTS and TWE is available from the Educational Testing Service. Other equivalent tests may also be considered by the School of Graduate Studies.

Tuition

What is the cost of the program?

Click here for tuition information.

Program Structure and Study Options

Can I take the MER program by full- or part-time studies?

We accept both full- and part-time students. Note that we only accept aplications for full-time studies for the fall semester. The application deadline is Feb. 15. For part-time studies, the applications deadlines are Feb. 15 (fall semester) or Aug. 15 (winter semester).

Can I complete the MER online?

No. While some required business and elective courses can be completed online, the full degree cannot be completed through online studies.

What is the length of the program?

On a full-time basis, the program can be completed in 12 months (three academic semesters). Part-time students normally take three to four years to complete their degrees.

Can I switch from full- to part-time (or part-time to full-time) status?

Students can apply to change their degree status once they have started the program. We can’t guarantee that those who switch from part-time to full-time status will be able to complete their degrees in a single year.

I work full-time. When are classes held?

As the MER is a small program, some courses are only offered once a year. Given that many people in our program are part-time, we try to ensure that courses are offered, at the very least, every two years and between 4:15-10 p.m.