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.


Application processes and acceptance rates

International students


Program structure and study options


What are the admission requirements?

Applicants to the MER program must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree with an overall B average, from an institution recognized by Senate.

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.

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, nursing, music and more.

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 the Fall semester are due by Feb. 15.

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) and achieve a score of 7 (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.

Applicants who have completed an undergraduate program, or a graduate program at a recognized institution where the language of instruction is English are not required to take an English proficiency test. If the institution is located outside of Canada / United States, applicants are advised to provide a document (e.g., transcript or letter) from their university stating the language of instruction as English (as “Grad Proof of English Proficiency”).


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. The application deadline is Feb. 15. (fall 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?

Full-time students are expected to complete all program requirements within two years. Part-time students normally take more than two years (three to four years) to complete the program.

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. Changing status may affect the duration of the student's program. Students are advised to consult with the MER Director before changing their part-time/full-time status.

I work full-time. When are classes held?

Some courses are only offered once a year. Given that many people in our program are part-time, we try to ensure that the majority of courses are offered, at the very least, every two years and after 4 p.m.