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Frequently Asked Questions about the MA Program

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  1. What is the typical profile of a successful applicant?
  2. What makes the MA program attractive?
  3. If I complete the General Stream, will I be able to get into a good PhD program?
  4. Where do graduates of the program obtain jobs?
  5. Where do graduates who continue to a PhD subsequently study?
  6. What are the criteria for admission?
  7. What courses should I take to improve my chance of being admitted?
  8. How much does tuition cost? Do you offer financial aid?
  9. Do I need to take the GRE?
  10. Do I need to take the TOEFL?
  11. Do you ever make exceptions to your rules about the GRE and English Language Tests?
  12. Do you accept late applications?
  13. Can more than two letters of recommendation be submitted for me?
  14. If I send you my transcripts, will you be able to tell me whether I will be admitted?
  15. If I apply for the Doctoral Stream, will I be considered for admission to the General Stream if I am not admitted to the Doctoral Stream?
  16. Are applications from foreign students evaluated in the same way as applications from Canadian students?
  17. I'm not sure if your program is the right one for me. Can I talk to someone about it?
  18. What is the difference between the General Stream and the Doctoral Stream?
  19. My grades are below your minimal requirements. What can I do to upgrade my skills?
  20. I have a three-year Bachelor's degree from a university in continental Europe. Does that degree satisfy your minimal requirements for admission?
  21. Do I need to submit a Statement of Purpose or c.v.?
  22. I am an undergraduate at U of T. Do I still need to provide you with an official transcript?
  23. When I sent my transcripts I forgot to include the information sheet. Is that a problem?
  24. When I submitted my application, I mistakenly said that I would pay the application fee offline. What should I do?
  25. When I uploaded my transcript during the application process, I uploaded the wrong file. What should I do?
  26. My referee doesn't have an institutional email address, as required on the application form. What should I do?
  27. I didn't ask my referee in advance and now s/he says s/he would rather not submit a reference letter for me. Can I add a new referee?
  28. On the university's application form, there is nowhere for me to indicate the stream (General or Doctoral) to which I wish to apply.
  29. Are applications for full-time and for part-time study considered in the same way?
  30. If I apply to the Law and Economics combined program and am rejected by Law, is it still possible that I will be admitted to the general MA program?
  31. Do you consider only the GPA in my final year, or the GPA for my entire undergraduate degree?
  32. Can you tell me the average GPA and GRE scores of applicants who are offered admission?
  33. How long does the MA take to complete if it is taken part-time?
  34. Can I apply to take MA courses as a non-degree student?