Frequently asked questions

Department of Economics




Frequently asked questions

Why should I study in the MBE program at Brock University?

What are my employment prospects if I complete the MBE program?

How long does it take to complete the MBE program?

Can I opt-out of the co-op stream?

Do you offer part-time admissions?

What are the admission requirements?

When is the application deadline for domestic\international students?

Are late applications accepted?

When will I hear back regarding the outcome of my application?

How much does it cost to attend the program?

Do you offer any financial aid?

Is the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) required?

What are the language requirements?

I am currently attending courses and do not have a complete transcript. Will you still consider my application?

Can I submit additional recommendation letters than the required three?

Do I need a statement of intent and/or CV?

How important is my overall average of all courses versus my grades in economics and math courses?

I don't meet the requirements stated for admission, is there a qualifying program that I can get admitted to?

Do I need to arrange to have a supervisor for my Major Research Paper prior to applying?

 

Why should I study in the MBE program at Brock University?

Offering rigorous undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs, Brock has had the second-highest growth of students of any Ontario university and one of Canada’s largest co-op programs.

The Master of Business Economics is an interdisciplinary program offered by the Department of Economics in the Faculty of Social Science in collaboration with the Goodman School of Business. One of the most attractive qualities of the program is the combination of academic learning with practical experience through two Co-op employment terms.

 

What are my employment prospects if I complete the MBE program?

Co-op provides our students with valuable work experience, and most graduates find professional employment within the discipline. Recent MBE students are pursuing careers with Hydro One, RBC Dexia, the Ministry of Transportation, Environment Canada, Suncor Energy, Ministry of Finance, Scotiabank, Statistics Canada, BlackBerry, and General Motors Limited.

 

How long does it take to complete the MBE program?

The MBE program takes 20 months to complete. The course work is typically covered in the first two academic semesters (8 months) while the rest of the program is devoted to the co-op placement (8 months) and the major research paper (4 months). 

 

Can I opt-out of the co-op stream?

Yes, there is a non-co-op option for the MBE program.

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Do you offer part-time admissions?

Currently, we do not offer part-time admissions. 

 

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What are the admission requirements?

To be considered for admission to a Master's program, a student will normally hold a four year honours undergraduate degree, or its equivalent, in Economics or a related discipline from an accredited university with a minimum 75% (mid-B) average over the last two years of full-time undergraduate study.

Applicants are expected to have upper year undergraduate training in Economics. In general, entering students will have taken courses equivalent to ECON 3P90 Econometrics, ECON 3P91 Mathematical Economics, ECON 4P13 Advanced Macroeconomics, and ECON 4P14 Advanced Microeconomics in addition to courses in calculus. 

Applicants who have not completed three or more years of post-secondary study at a Canadian institution or at an institution from one of the following exempt countries will be required to provide proof of English Language Proficiency. For the MBE program, TOEFL 620 or TOEFL CBT 260 (with TWE of 5.0 or above), TOEFL iBT of 105, or IELTS score of 7.5-9.0, or ITELP score of 600, or CAEL score of 70-80. Please note that these requirements are above and beyond the minimum requirement for admission consideration for graduate studies at Brock University at large.

Additionally, your suitability for co-op placement will be determined through an interview with the Co-op office.

Please note that satisfying the above requirements do not automatically guarantee you admission into the MBE program. 

 

When is the application deadline for domestic\international students?

The application deadline for all applicants is the last day of February. However, we will continue to accept applications until all seats are filled.

 

Are late applications accepted?

Only application files that are complete by the deadline with receive full consideration. However, we will continue to accept applications until all seats are filled.

 

When will I hear back regarding the outcome of my application?

Our first round of offers usually go out by the end of March. The offers will continue until all seats are filled.

 

How much does it cost to attend the program?

For information regarding tuition and living expenses, please see:

http://brocku.ca/nextstep/apply/financial-information/

 

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Do you offer any financial aid?

For details on financial support please see:

https://brocku.ca/nextstep/apply/financial-information/

 

Is the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) required?

No, we do not require GRE or GMAT scores.

 

What are the language requirements?

Applicants who have not completed three or more years of post-secondary study at a Canadian institution or at an institution from one of the following exempt countries will be required to provide proof of English Language Proficiency. For the MBE program, TOEFL 620 or TOEFL CBT 260 (with TWE of 5.0 or above), TOEFL iBT of 105, or IELTS score of 7.5-9.0, or ITELP score of 600, or CAEL score of 70-80. Please note that these requirements are above and beyond the minimum requirement for admission consideration for graduate studies at Brock University at large.

For detailed information, please visit:

http://brocku.ca/nextstep/international/english-language-proficiency/

 

I am currently attending courses and do not have a complete transcript. Will you still consider my application?

For students in their last semester, we will consider and review incomplete transcripts. Admission to the MBE program may be conditional upon satisfactory completion of your current program of study. 

 

Can I submit additional recommendation letters than the required three?

Yes. Additional recommendation letters may be sent to mbegpd@brocku.ca 

 

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Do I need a statement of intent and/or CV?

Yes, we require both a statement of intent as well as a curriculum vitae (CV). The CV should include the applicant’s education, employment, publications, and teaching and research activities, and  a one-page Statement of Intent outlining your objectives in undertaking graduate study. 

 

How important is my overall average of all courses versus my grades in economics and math courses? 

We consider the average of all undergraduate coursework, but pay special attention to those in the last two years, especially courses in economics, mathematics and statistics courses. 

 

I don't meet the requirements stated for admission, is there a qualifying program that I can get admitted to?

No. Unfortunately, at this time, we do not offer a qualifying program.

 

Do I need to arrange to have a supervisor for my Major Research Paper prior to applying?

No, supervision arrangements are typically not made until the second academic term of the program.

 

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