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Frequently Asked Questions about the PhD Program

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  1. What is the typical profile of a successful PhD applicant?
  2. What makes the PhD program attractive?
  3. What is the placement record for graduates of the program?
  4. How many applications do you receive?
  5. Is funding available for PhD students?
  6. To be admitted, do I need to have a Masters degree in economics?
  7. Can I apply to the PhD program if I have an MA in Finance or an MA in another discripline related to economics?
  8. What courses should I take to improve my chance of being admitted?
  9. Do I need to demonstrate a research ability to be admitted?
  10. For regular-entry admissions, do my references have to be from instructors of courses I took as a master’s student?
  11. Do I need to take the GRE?
  12. Do I need to take the TOEFL?
  13. Do you ever make exceptions to your rules about the GRE and English Language Tests?
  14. Do you accept late applications?
  15. Do I need to submit a Statement of Purpose?
  16. Can more than three letters of recommendation be submitted for me?
  17. When I sent my transcripts I forgot to include the information sheet. Is that a problem?
  18. When I submitted my application, I mistakenly said that I would pay the application fee offline. What should I do?
  19. When I uploaded my transcript during the application process, I uploaded the wrong file. What should I do?
  20. My referee doesn't have an institutional email address, as required on the application form. What should I do?
  21. 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?
  22. Do my references all need to be academic? Can some be professional? What are the repercussions? What if I can’t find an academic reference?
  23. I am a student at U of T. Do I still need to provide you with an official transcript?
  24. If I send you my transcripts, will you be able to tell me whether I will be admitted?
  25. Are applications from international students evaluated in the same way as applications from Canadian students?
  26. Before I submit an application, should I contact a faculty member to see if they are willing to be my supervisor?
  27. I'm not sure if your program is the right one for me. Can I talk to someone about it?
  28. My current transcript shows courses in progress. Should I submit another transcript when new grades become available?
  29. How much is the application fee? Can it be waived? Can it be refunded?
  30. I applied for this program previously. Can I re-apply without re-submitting my documents?
  31. When will I know the decision of my application?