The Department offers a master’s program leading to an MA with a major in Economics. This program prepares students for positions in both the private and public sectors and for further academic training. The program is typically completed in 24 months or less and contains rigorous training in microeconomic theory, macroeconomic theory, and econometrics, as well as elective courses in a range of applied fields. The program is limited to a small number of students to enhance scholastic achievement through close faculty interaction.
Our graduate program is normally available only on a full-time basis and is designed to be completed in 24 months or less. Consideration can be given to part-time students under special circumstances.
The program comprises two components. The first component is scheduled for the first year and requires students to take a minimum of five courses. The second component is the thesis project which must be completed by the end of the second year. The details of the program components are:
A) Course WorkFall semester: ECON 5010 (Microeconomic Theory); ECON 5012 (Macroeconomic Theory); ECON 5960 (Econometric Theory and Applications)Spring semester: Minimum of two 5xxx level courses of which at least one must be an ECON course.
B) Thesis ProjectGraduate students must choose a Supervisor by the end of the fall semester. The Supervisor and the student will then compose a Supervisory Committee. Each graduate student must submit an initial Thesis Proposal to be approved by the Supervisory Committee. The final Thesis Proposal must be submitted by the end of the third semester (summer) for approval by the Supervisory Committee. It is highly recommended that the thesis project is in one of the fields that the student has already done some applied research work during the first year. Regular faculty-student seminars at the department play an important role in the thesis preparation, by providing a forum for new ideas in various fields of economics, and offering the opportunity to students to present various components of their thesis.
Faculty research expertise
Faculty research expertise spans the following areas:
development economics, economic growth
economics of education
economics of professional sports
econometrics and applied econometrics
economics of agricultural production
resource economics and water management
economics of innovation, biotechnology, biofuels and health foods
We are a young program, but our few graduates have done very well having gone on the Ph.D. programs in economics as well as working for the Ontario government and for major Canadian banks as financial advisors and managers.
Master’s graduates have numerous career opportunities in industry, a non-profit organization, and the public sector, as well as many pursue further studies at other universities.