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MFE Admission and Procedures



About the MFE Program

Admissions video

Announcements

The MFE program's annual Open House event is an opportunity for prospective applicants to meet with students and faculty, learn more about the program, and about admissions. For 2014 this event will be taking place on Wed Nov 5, 5:00-7:00pm in the Atrium, Max Gluskin House, Department of Economics, 150 St. George Street, Toronto. To pre-register, please email mfe@economics.utoronto.ca. [Please see directions, campus map, poster, and parking map (Rotman Garage, 107 St. George Street).]

Timelines
We will be accepting applications Fall 2015 admissions starting November 15, 2014 via the the SGS Online Admission System.
Timelines
Date
Notes
Online application site opens Nov 15, 2014 Online application process may be started.
Application deadline Jan 25, 2015 Online application process is closed. 'Statement of interest', resumes, electronic transcripts must be uploaded.
Document deadline Feb 1, 2015 Official transcripts, GRE, GMAT, English Language tests, and reference letters, must be received by the program office.
Candidate assessment Early to mid-Feb 2015 Admissions Committee meet and evaluate applications.
First round Late Feb/ Early Mar First round offers extended with a 2 week response date.
Second round Mid-Mar Second round offers extended with a 2 week response date.
Third round offers Late Mar Third round offers extended with a 2 week response date.
Application Requirements
a) (Minimum) GRADE requirement: B+ (3.3 out of 4.0 GPA, or 75%) in the final year of a four-year program.

A B+ equivalent differs worldwide. Candidates can refer to the database on grade equivalencies for International Students, provided by the School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto.

b) (Minimum) COURSE requirements: Applicants must have a strong preparation in economics, including full year* courses in:

  1. intermediate-level micro theory (at the UofT, we prefer ECO 206Y, but also accept ECO 204Y, 200Y)
  2. intermediate-level macro theory (at the UofT, we prefer ECO 208Y, but also accept ECO 202Y, 209Y)
  3. calculus (at the UofT, we prefer MAT 133Y, 135Y, 137Y, 157Y)
  4. statistics (at the UofT, we prefer ECO 227, but also accept ECO 220Y, STA 257H/261H)

* A full-year course is equivalent to 2 one-semester courses. See FAQ page for components in required courses.

c) APPLICATION requirements:

The application must be supported by:

  1. At least 2 letters of reference from academic** advisors or instructors uploaded online (or in signed/sealed envelopes)
  2. A one-page 'statement of interest' (see FAQ)
  3. A resume or CV (curriculum vitae)
  4. An accepted English Language Test (TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB) sent directly from the testing centre**** – required of candidates whose most recent post-secondary degree was offered from an institution whose language of instruction was other than in English. See here for minimum scores.
  5. Official GRE (preferred) or GMAT (accepted) scores *** sent from the testing centre**** – required of candidates whose post-secondary studies were from other than a Canadian university. See here for minimum scores.
  6. Official academic transcripts from all attended post-secondary institutions, in sealed and signed envelopes

**    A work reference is accepted in exceptional cases.
***  Students who barely meet the minimum grade requirement, or have not done advanced work in economic theory and/or econometrics are encouraged to take the GRE preferrably, or GMAT test.
****  Please upload the unofficial copy of your GRE or GMAT and English Language Test scores to your online application.

Notes for Potential Applicants
  1. Satisfying minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the Program. [Candidates are ranked against the competing applicant pool: In 2013 there were 400 applications received for 25 program spots.]
  2. The MFE is a full-time program with one start date, mid-August, and does not offer rolling admissions nor part-time studies.
  3. Transfer Credits:  The School of Graduate Studies may permit up to 1.0 full course equivalents (FCEs) in transfer credits, subject to approval by the Program.
  4. How applications are assessed: Each qualified applicant will be evaluated on the basis of academic performance, letters of reference, the specific courses completed and, in the case of an international student, GRE scores and in some cases, test scores in English language proficiency. Preference is given to applicants who have completed (with high standing) advanced-level courses in any or all of economics, mathematics and econometrics. Relevant work experience or training in finance is NOT required, but is also taken into account, as is professional certification from the CFA Institute (www.cfainstitute.org).
  5. Candidates can check the status of their application by logging into their profile on the SGS Online Admissions Site.
  6. We do not do pre-assessments.
  7. Go here to view the web page on Frequently Asked Questions.
How to Apply
Apply via the SGS online admissions system.

Under 'Program Selection' chose ‘Department: Economics Program: Financial Economics’; Degree Program: ‘Master of Financial Economics’, and Attendance Type: ‘Full Time’. A non-refundable online application processing fee of $120 CDN applies.

The application package is a self-administered package. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all the required documents reach the Master of Financial Economics Program Office and the School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto by the application deadline.

Students who are completing a program of study at the time of their application for admission should arrange transcripts in early January which reflect previous fall term grades. Such students, should they be given an offer of admission, must ensure the MFE Program Office receives their final transcript AFTER their convocation date.

If applying to more than one graduate program (including the MA in Economics program) at the University of Toronto, please arrange separate transcripts, references, GRE, GMAT and English language tests to be directed to each program.

Where to Direct Documentation
Official documentation such as letters of reference, transcripts, GRE and English language test scores should be directed to:

Ayesha Alli, Coordinator
Master of Financial Economics (MFE) program
Department of Economics, University of Toronto
Room 170S, Max Gluskin House (GE), 150 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 3G7

For More Information
Please download our 2015 Admissions Guide. You may also contact Ayesha Alli, MFE Program Coordinator at mfe@economics.utoronto.ca. Due to the high volume of inquiries during admissions season, please anticipate a slower response time.