The University of Windsor offers a one-year M.A. program in Economics, intended for students with a honours degree in Economics, and a two-year M.A. program in Economics for students with a general degree in Economics or for students with a degree in another discipline and some quantitative training.

The M.A. Program in Economics offers a rigorous training that prepares the students for Ph.D. programs and works in the non-academic sectors. Small class sizes give students the opportunity to work closely, in and out of the classroom, with faculty members.

You can find graduates from our M.A. program in Ph.D. programs at Rice University, University of Texas, Louisiana State University, University of Alberta, University of Western Ontario, Carleton University, University of Ottawa, Guelph University, McMaster University and the University of Manitoba, among others.

You can also find our graduates in non-academic jobs in the public and private sectors, for instance at J.P. Morgan, Ernst and Young, the Jin Mao Group, Industry Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Health.

Program Description

Usually, students in both the M2 and M1 program take 4 courses during the Fall semester (September through December) and 4 courses during Winter semester (January through April). There are no M1 courses during Summer semester (May through August). There are usually no M2 courses during Summer semester but M2 students may choose to write a Major Paper during Summer semester after completing the M2 Fall and Winter courses.

Program M2 Masters Candidate

Students will successfully complete 8 courses in order to graduate:

  • Economics 501 – Microeconomic Theory I (required)
  • Economics 502 – Macroeconomic Theory I (required)
  • Economics 541 – Econometric Theory I (required)
  • Plus Option Courses – 5 Economics Graduate courses. One of the 5 option courses can be a Major Paper.

For their option classes, we recommend that students who plan to enter a Ph.D. program take:

  • Economics 503 – Microeconomic Theory II
  • Economics 504 – Macroeconomic Theory II
  • Economics 542 – Econometric Theory II
  • Economics 581 – Mathematical Economics

Other option classes that could be offered:

  • Economics 510 – Theory of International Economics
  • Economics 516 – Labor Economics
  • Economics 531 – Industrial Organization
  • Economics 543 – Applied Econometrics
  • Economics 550 – Monetary Theory
  • Economics 580 – Economics of Strategic Behavior

In some cases, option classes can be taken from other departments (notably from the Mathematics & Statistics department or the Odette School of Business), subject to approval by the Economics Graduate director.

Program M1 Masters Qualifying

This program involves one Qualifying year, covering economic theory and some applications, before entry into the M2 program. In the second year (the M2 year), candidates will pursue the conventional M.A. program as described above. Graduates of a three-year B.A. in Economics may also apply for the M1 program in lieu of an honours year in Economics.

Usually, these 8 Courses must be taken during the Qualifying year:

  • Economics 423 and 424 Advanced Microeconomics
  • Economics 433 and 434 Advanced Macroeconomics
  • Economics 313 and 414 Econometrics
  • Economics 406 Mathematical Economics
  • Economics 407 Senior Research Workshop

A minimum required final grade of 70% is required to receive credit in each of these 8 courses. Following successful completion of these 8 courses, the student will advance to the M2 year as a Masters Candidate student for the second year of the program.

The Economics Graduate Committee will decide if the applicant should be offered admission to the M1 or the M2 program, based on the applicant's academic background.

How do I apply?

Applications are available online only. The application can be found on the Graduate Admissions website at On the webpage, you will see general information about applying to graduate programs and a link called Application for Admission. Any questions related to the process of applying online should be directed to Graduate Admissions via e-mail to

What is the Admission Application Deadline?

The deadline for both domestic and international applications is July 1 for the immediately following September. Only September (Fall semester) admission times are allowed in both the one year and two-year Economics Masters degree graduate programs. International applicants should check with their closest Canadian consulate or embassy for information about the time needed and requirements for a student visa/study permit.

What are the academic requirements?

Minimum Admission Requirements for Both the 1 Year or 2 Year Masters Economics program:

studied Economics or a related field including at least;

  • introductory & intermediate level microeconomics,
  • introductory & intermediate level macroeconomics,
  • introductory level econometrics (for a 1-year program).

completed one course each of;

  • university level calculus,
  • university level linear algebra,
  • university level statistics.
  • minimum CGPA of at least 70% in all courses taken over the most recent 2 years of study or the Canadian grade equivalent

For admission to the 1 year (called the M2 or the Master's Candidate) program:

Generally speaking, applicants must have a 4-year undergraduate honours degree in Economics.

For admission to the 2-year (called the M1 called or Masters Qualifying) program:

Applicants must have an Economics or related academic background, including the minimum admission requirements courses listed above. During the first year, students in the 2 year program take eight advanced undergraduate level economics courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics, required to prepare for the 1 year program.

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